If you are a fan of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, you might not recall hearing the name Cubby called during the competition.
That’s because Cubby’s full show name is GCHS XIV Karat Special Place in my Heart at Brigadoon CGC. Cubby is first and foremost the 3-year-old family dog of Bracewell’s Lindsey R. Alhadef, a public finance associate in Bracewell’s Dallas office. He is also a Grand Champion show dog and owns his companion dog certificate. Cubby, or GCHS XIV Karat Special Place in my Heart at Brigadoon CGC, was recently awarded Best of Breed among the Pembroke Welsh Corgis at the 143rd Westminster Dog Show. He also went on to represent his breed in the Herding Group for Best in Show.
“Cubby is shown most of the time by my mother, Kelli,” explained Lindsey. “But at this year’s Westminster Dog Show, my aunt, Sherri Hurst, showed him.” Hurst has been a professional dog handler and breeder for 30 years.
The Westminster Kennel Club is America’s oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. Established in 1877, Westminster’s influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show held every year at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The all-breed benched show is an annual event showcasing nearly 3,000 dogs. It is also the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the United States, trailing only the Kentucky Derby by a mere two years. The competing dogs are sorted into groups based on breed — hound, toy, non-sporting, sporting, working, herding and terrier. The group winners advance to the Best in Show competition. While the event itself has been held annually since 1877, the Best in Show award has been given out every year since 1907.
When Cubby’s not stealing the spotlight at the center of the show, he is melting the hearts of his owners.
“[Cubby]’s a real sweetheart,” says Lindsey. “He enjoys sitting on the couch, eating peanuts and watching sports with my dad.”
Lindsey says she and her family are “ecstatic with the win” at the Westminster Dog Show and so proud of their sweet Cubby.