Crufts Dog Show, the largest event of its kind in the world, celebrated its 125th anniversary this past weekend in Birmingham, England. For the quasquicentennial event, The Daily Mail reports that the coveted prize of "Best in Show" was awarded to Devon—a two-year-old West Highland Terrier who was chosen over 22,000 other dogs to become the first Westie in 26 years to take the crown.
On the fourth day of the event, Devon (also known as Geordie Girl) and her handler Marie Burns won the Terrier Group against several other breeds, including a Cesky Terrier, a Dandy Dinmont Terrier, a Smooth Fox Terrier, a Norwich Terrier, and last year's Best in Show-winning breed, the Scottish Terrier. Later that day, Devon returned with the six other "Best in Breed" winners and was again chosen as queen of the ring. Burns, who was described as a "hobby breeder" by the announcers, lives with her dogs as pets and cried tears of joy as she hugged Devon during the awards ceremony and post-win interview.
"I just honestly can't find the words to describe how I feel, it's just absolutely amazing," Burns says in the video above from Crufts.
Watch the clip above of Devon being crowned, and check out this list of 9 Facts About West Highland White Terriers to bone up on the breed.
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[h/t The Daily Mail]