Wire Fox Terrier Named Sky Upsets More Popular Dogs to Win Westminster

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Sky kisses her handler, Gabriel Rangel, after winning Best in Show. Photo: Andrew Burton/2014 Getty Images

Sky, whose full name is actually, for some reason, "AfterAll Painting the Sky," took home Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last night, ending another nail-biting year of wondering how judges can possibly decide which animal is cutest. (That's the only criterion, right?) The crowd at Madison Square Garden was apparently stunned, having put its energy behind Nathan, a bloodhound who did not even land runner-up.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Nathan, a bloodhound, waits to compete in the Best in Show category in the Westminster Dog Show on February 11, 2014 in New York City. The Best in Show award went to Sky, a wire fox terrier. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Photo: Andrew Burton/2014 Getty Images

This was probably for Nathan:

THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW -- "The 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show" -- Pictured: Audience cheers at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday, February 11, 2014 -- (Photo by: Ben Hider/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank) Photo: USA Network/2014 USA Network Media, LLC

Seriously, look at him, in all his dopey glory:

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Flessner's International S'cess, a bloodhound, competes during the Westminster Dog Show on February 10, 2014 in New York City. The annual dog show showcases the best dogs from around world for the next two days in New York. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Photo: Andrew Burton/2014 Getty Images

Second place went to Ally, a standard poodle (so predictable). She is not impressed:

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Allie, a standard poodle, wins the Reserve Best in Show in the Westminster Dog Show on February 11, 2014 in New York City. The Best in Show award went to Sky, a wire fox terrier. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Photo: Andrew Burton/2014 Getty Images

But the night belonged to Sky, who’s all poise. “She just said, ‘Pick me,’” the judge explained later, which would really make things more impressive if true. A kiss for the judge, as thanks:

A wire fox terrier named Sky wins "best in show" of the 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 11, 2014 at Madison Square Garden. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a two-day, all-breed benched show that takes place at both Pier 92 &94 and at Madison Square Garden in New York City . AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: Andrew Burton/2014 Getty Images

Sky is the 14th wire fox terrier to win best in show, and the 46th terrier overall, making them the Yankees of the groups. She’ll be treated to the traditional prize, a steak lunch at Sardi’s:

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Sky, a Wire Fox Terrier (C), poses for a photo with her handler, Gabriel Rangel (R) and Judge Betty Regina Leininger, after winning the Best in Show category in the Westminster Dog Show on February 11, 2014 in New York City. The annual dog show has been showcasing the best dogs from around world for the last two days in New York. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Photo: Justin Sullivan/2014 Getty Images

A bloodhound has never won, making them the Seattle Mariners:

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Nathan, a Bloodhound, competes in the Best in Show category in the Westminster Dog Show on February 11, 2014 in New York City. The Best in Show award went to Sky, a wire fox terrier. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Photo: Andrew Burton/2014 Getty Images

And yet, it’s a matter of perspective. “It’s a dog show,” said the owner of Fifi the Doberman, below, an early favorite who didn’t even win best in breed. “Sure, it’s disappointing, but at the end of the day, I’m taking home my wonderful dog.” And the rest of us are jealous.

A Doberman Pinscher in the Agility Ring during the first-ever Masters Agility Championship on February 7, 2014 in New York at the 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Dogs entered in the agility trial will be on hand to demonstrate skills required to negotiate some of the challenging obstacles that they will need to negotiate. AFP PHOTO/Timothy Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/2014 AFP