Westminster Dog Show: the 2011 winners

Didn’t make it to the 2011 Westminster Dog Show in New York City’s Madison Square Garden? You’re in luck, we’ve got the list of winners:

The coveted Best in Show prize went to a Scottish Deerhound named Hickory, a five-year-old female from Virgina.

A Scottish Deerhound won Best in Show at the 2011 Westminster Dog Show.

This year, over 2,600 entrants competed for top honors, and dogs are judged on very specific breed standards, including markings, coat, height, and gait. It’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement. Hickory’s handler, Angela Lloyd, is reported to have said, “It’s the thrill of a lifetime.”

Still, a beauty pageant for canines? Think of what all that time, energy, and money could do for dogs who don’t have a home, let alone a hairdresser.