Dog show

Martha Stewart and Morgan Fox celebrate their wins at the Westchester dog show

Celebrity lifestyle guru and former Connecticut resident Martha Stewart and Los Angeles Charger lineman Morgan Fox celebrated the puppies’ victories competing for Best Dog at the 146th Westminster Dog Show in Tarrytown, NY While the competition usually takes place at Madison Square Garden, it was moved to nearby Westchester County in 2021.

Stewart, who previously resided in Westport, celebrated winning the Best of Breed from the non-sporting group of a seven-year-old Chow Chow named Buddakan. She told People Magazine that Buddakan is the son of her late dog, Genghis Khan, who won Best of Breed on a show in 2012; he was also the child of another winner named Maddox.

“Non-sporting breeds were judged, including Chow Chows! Buddakan won. He is the son of my winner Ghenghis Khan, and Ghenghis was the son of winner Maddox. Three generations of Chow Chows, I’m so proud,” wrote Stewart on Instagram.

The Westminster Dog Show, which claims to be “the greatest dog show in the world”, gives canine competitors a chance to compete in various categories including herding, agility, obedience and breeds. More than 3,000 dogs entered this year, according to the Associated Press.

Stewart wasn’t the only celebrity to have a dog compete among the more than 3,000 entrants. French Bulldog Winston, part-owned by the Los Angeles Chargers’ Fox, won the Reserve Best in Show award. Winston was a finalist for the grand prize of Best in Show, which was won by a sleuth named Trumpet. Earlier in the competition, Winston was also named best of the non-athletic group. The non-sporting group includes dog breeds like Bulldogs, Chow Chows, Dalmatians and Bichon Frizes, according to the American Kennel Club.

The NFL player shared his reactions to his pup’s win on Twitter and told The Associated Press that Winston was “essentially a superstar” and a “winner in both looks and character.”

“If this is how my parents felt watching my games all these years, I apologize,” MorganFox wrote on Twitter. “Apparently I should train with him.”

The athlete received the pup from his grandmother, Sandy Fox, who is a breeder of French bulldogs, the Associated Press reported.

This is not the first time dogs owned by professional athletes have competed. New York Yankees stars Lou Gehrig and Mike Mussina have registered a German Shepherd and an Irish Setter respectively in previous years, according to The Associated Press.