Feb. 14: Malachy, a Pekingese, sits in the trophy after being named best in show at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York.
Feb. 11: Jenna, a 4-year-old Great Dane from Japan takes advantage of the facilities at the Spot Suite at the Affinia Manhattan hotel in New York.
Feb. 13: Phil, a Bichons Frises, waits for competition at the136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show.
Feb. 13: Sophie, a Standard Poodle, is groomed before her showing at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show.
Feb. 13: A whippet is examined during the judging of the hound group.
Feb. 13: A Dalmatian named Ian, with his handler Michael Scott, competes in the non-sporting group, which he won.
Feb. 13: A shetland sheepdog named Mystic Ava Gardner is examined during the judging of the herding group.
Feb. 13: Hounds line up to enter the arena at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show.
Feb. 14: A golden retriever named Chloe, from Green Bay, Wis., awaits her breed competition.
Feb. 14: Bob Zeiss of new City, N.Y. pets Maxwell Smart, a great pyrenees from LeRoy, N.Y.
Feb. 14: Dozier, from Columbus, Ga., a 4-year-old dogue de Bordeaux, also known as a French mastiff, rests in the benching area.
Feb. 14: Winnie, a Siberian husky, second from left, competes at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show.
Feb. 14: Veni Vidi Vici, a Doberman pinscher, competes in the working group, which she later won, during the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show.
Feb. 14: Perrisblu Kennislain's Chelsey, a Kerry Blue terrier, competes in the Terrier Group.
Feb. 14: Cinders, a wirehaired dachshund, competes for best in show.
More than 2,000 purebred dogs in 185 breeds competed in the nation's most prestigious dog show at New York's Madison Square Garden and when it came down to a best of seven, Malachy, a Pekingese, was the last to enter the darkened ring. The crowd at Madison Square Garden grew louder with every tiny step Malachy took, and he sure took a lot of them just to get halfway around the dog show ring. That was perfect for this Pekingese. Gave him more time to soak in the cheers and look around the stands at his adoring fans Tuesday night, the Associated Press reported.