Pekingese 'The General’ Captures Best in Show at Morris & Essex

Best in Show

Lightning struck twice at the Morris & Essex (M&E) Kennel Club Dog Show for breeder-owner-handler David Fitzpatrick as he became the show’s first exhibitor to handle two consecutive Best in Show winners.

Competing against some of the country’s top show dogs, Fitzpatrick expertly handled Multi-BIS/Multi-BISS GCH Pequest General Tso to win the prestigious show on Oct. 1 in Somerset, New Jersey. “The General,” a charismatic 2 ½-year-old male Pekingese, lit up the ring with his rolling gait and beautiful, high set tail. Bred and owned by Fitzpatrick, The General’s exceptional breed type allowed him to stand out among nearly 5,000 dogs, the second largest dog show entry in American Kennel Club history.

“The General is an outstanding example of the breed,” Fitzpatrick says. “His full, rough mane, tapering to a short coat on his flanks enhances his classic Pekingese pear shape.”

Held at the New Jersey estate of heiress Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge from 1927 to1957, the annual M&E Dog Show was once among the most anticipated events of the year. Known for its grandeur, M&E drew thousands of entries and spectators. After a nearly 50-year hiatus, the M&E Kennel Club Dog Show, in all of its splendor, was given a contemporary revival in 2000. Occurring only once every five years, winning M&E is a lifetime achievement for show dogs and their handlers. Capturing Best in Show at M&E in 2010 with The General’s grandsire, “Malachy” (GCH Palacegarden Malachy), Fitzpatrick is the first handler to capture the coveted sterling silver trophy twice since the show’s modern return.

"I wouldn't say this is a dream come true because I never dreamed this could happen," he says. "I just feel fortunate my dogs are able to compete at this level."

Fueled by Purina® Pro Plan® NATURAL Grain Free Chicken & Egg Formula, The General, the current No. 3 Toy dog in the country, is among the seven Purina Pro Plan-fed Group Winners at M&E. Read on for the full results.

BEST IN SHOW Registered Name: GCH Pequest General Tso Call Name: “The General” Breed: Pekingese Breeder: David Fitzpatrick Owner: David Fitzpatrick, Nancy Shapland Handler: David Fitzpatrick Formula Fed: Purina Pro Plan GRAIN FREE Chicken & Egg Formula

RESERVE BEST IN SHOW Registered Name: GCH Vjk-Myst Garbonita California Journey Call Name: “CJ” Breed: German Shorthaired Pointer Breeder: Alice Manning, Valerie Nunes-Atkinson, Anita Weiss Owner: Yvonne Hassler-Deterding, Alice Manning, Valerie Nunes-Atkinson Handler: Valerie Nunes-Atkinson Formula Fed: Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Chicken & Rice Formula

SPORTING GROUP Registered Name: GCH Vjk-Myst Garbonita California Journey Call Name:“CJ” Breed: German Shorthaired Pointer Breeder: Alice Manning, Valerie Nunes-Atkinson, Anita Weiss Owner: Yvonne Hassler-Deterding, Alice Manning, Valerie Nunes-Atkinson Handler:Valerie Nunes-Atkinson Formula Fed: Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Chicken & Rice Formula

HOUND GROUP Registered Name: GCH Bayaway Jerseys Due Process of Law Call Name:“Moses” Breed: Black and Tan Coonhound Breeder: Debbie Rezendes, Jinnie-Ann Stora Owner:Debbie Rezendes, Jinnie-Ann Stora Handler: Zack Helmer Formula Fed: Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Chicken & Rice Formula

WORKING GROUP Registered Name: GCH Dezperados Hallelujah, CA, CGC Call Name:“Glory” Breed: Doberman Pinscher Breeder: Linda & Rick George, Hillary Zimmerman Owner: J & A Wendt, Hillary Zimmerman Handler: Linda George Formula Fed: Purina Pro Plan FOCUS Sensitive Skin & Stomach Formula

TERRIER GROUP Registered Name: GCH Round Town Queen of Hearts of Maryscot Call Name: “Queenie” Breed: Scottish Terrier Breeder: Anstamm Kennel, Amelia Musser, Mary O’Neal Owner: Amelia Musser Handler: Gabriel Rangel Formula Fed: Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Chicken & Rice Formula

TOY GROUP Registered Name: GCH Pequest General Tso Call Name: “The General” Breed:Pekingese Breeder: David Fitzpatrick Owner: David Fitzpatrick, Nancy Shapland Handler: David Fitzpatrick Formula Fed: Purina Pro Plan GRAIN FREE Chicken & Egg Formula

NON-SPORTING GROUP Registered Name: GCH lacta Alea Est De La Bete Call Name: “Rubi” Breed: French Bulldog Breeder: Blake Hamman, Peter Photos Owner: Blake Hamman, Peter Photos, P. Shaw Handler: Jodi Longmire Formula Fed: Purina Pro Plan FOCUS Sensitive Skin & Stomach Formula

HERDING GROUP Registered Name: GCH Stonepillars Steel Blu Call Name: “Blu” Breed:Bouvier des Flandres Breeder: Bruce & Diane Ham, Mary Jane Sears Owner: Daniel & Julianna Garrison, Elaine Paquette Handler: Elaine Paquette Formula Fed: Purina Pro Plan FOCUS Sensitive Skin & Stomach Formula

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