Bellevue has another bragging right.
Newton the Brussels Griffon, a dog halfway bred by Bellevue resident Keith Jacobson, won Best In Show at the annual National Dog Show that debuts every Thanksgiving Day.
Presented by Purina, The National Dog Show was hosted by the Kennel Clug of Philadelphia. Best In Show was judged by Peter Green.
An 11-pound charmer with 22 Best in Show titles and top-five national rankings in both the breed and the Toy Group, Newton bested six group-winning canines advancing out of the 2,100-dog competition.
Handler Susan DePew could be seen on NBC showing Newton.
“She has him in top condition and that is not easy to do,” judge Green said. “His coat is in fantastic condition and he moved perfectly. Everything he did was right. I know a lot about the breed and I know how difficult it is to have them ready.”
With the victory in Philadelphia, Newton becomes one of the favorites to win the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show title at Madison Square Garden in New York City early next year.
“Newton just has a wonderful attitude,” DePew said. “To him, everything is fun and it shows. I may have made a couple of mistakes or dropped the bait, but he saved me.”
Newton’s registered name is CH Somerset Wynzall Hashtag and he is is owned by Mike and Janet Bazell of Rockbridge, Ohio (St. Johns Kennel); Ven Grasso of Samford, Australia; and breeders Keith Jacobson of Bellevue and Jo Ann Noffsinger of Alberta, Canada. St. Johns Kennel is registered to Jeffery Bazell and Jeffrey Kestner of Bremen, Ohio.
Coverage of the show was broadcast to an audience totaling some 20 million on NBC Thanksgiving Day following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.