​Day In The Life Of A Westminster Champion: The Post-Show Media Tour

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show presented by Purina® Pro Plan® is steeped in tradition: its 140 years of intense competition, its world-renowned home at Madison Square Garden, and its purple and gold rosette ribbons.

But some of the most interesting recent traditions occur after the ribbon and trophy have been awarded. The steak lunch at Sardi's and the media tour that follows are when many finally get introduced to the newly crowned winner.

To get an idea of what it's like to be a Westminster Best In Show winner days after the competition has ended, here are a few memorable stops from the past few years' media tours:

Starting with the post-win meal, here's 2011 Best In Show winner Sky taking a break from her regular diet of Purina® Pro Plan® Shredded Chicken & Rice to eat a steak at Sardi's.
 

 

 

While doing the rounds in New York, many winners visit Wall Street. In this image, 2010 winner and Purina® Pro Plan® Performance-fed Sadie rings the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange on Feb. 18. 2010.
 

 

Purina® Pro Plan® Performance-fed Malachy, 2012's big winner, wasn't sure if he has what it takes to become a stock broker. He'll probably leave the finance business to the professionals.
 

Copyrighted NYSE Euronext 2012

Posted by Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Sunday, February 26, 2012
 

 

Big dog, big city. 2011 winner and Purina® Pro Plan® Sensitive Skin & Stomach-fed Hickory visits the observation deck of the Empire State Building.

 

 

Big Dog, Big Building - On the Empire State Building observation deck, Hickory has the advantage of being able to look over the rail at the NYC skyline. Photo credit: Mary Bloom

Posted by Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Friday, February 18, 2011

 

 

2015 winner and Purina® Pro Plan® 30/20 SPORT Chicken & Rice-fed Miss P took some time out of her busy schedule to be a part of a Broadway performance.

 

Miss P had a walk-on appearance in the Broadway smash hit “Kinky Boots!"

Posted by Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Saturday, February 21, 2015

 

In 2009, Purina® Pro Plan® All Life Stages-fed Stump, the oldest Best In Show winner ever, showed off his prizes to the whole country on "TODAY" with Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira.

 

Hickory put on her best smile when she hung out with the cast of "Good Day New York" in 2011.

 

Good Day New YorikCredit: Mary Bloom

Posted by Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday, February 21, 2011
 

Sky had a blast hanging with Kathie Lee and Hoda on "TODAY" after her 2011 Best In Show victory.
 

 

 

Best In Show winners becomes canine celebrities, and human celebrities are often dying to meet them. Here is Purina® Pro Plan® Performance-fed Sadie with Donald Trump in 2010.

 

 

#WKC: From 2010: Best in Show, Sadie," appeared with Donald Trump the day after her victory

Posted by Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Friday, February 3, 2012

 

 

Miss P and her handler Will Alexander got to take a ride with Tyson the horse and his driver Steve Malone last year.

 

 

Driver Steve Malone with his horse Tyson take Miss P and handler Will Alexander for a ride.

Posted by Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Saturday, February 21, 2015

 

 

Find out who will be top dog this year by watching the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Monday, Feb. 15 on CNBC and Tuesday, Feb. 16 on USA, starting at 8 p.m. both nights.

Read more of AKC's Westminster coverage here.

 

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Header image: 2014 winner Sky at Sardi's. Photo: Jack Grassa.