Menlo Park native Bono took home the top prize in the toy dog category at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City earlier this week. The show, now in its 144th year, is considered the pinnacle of all canine show ring competitions.
The 3-year-old white and gray Havanese dog (aka "GCHP Oeste's In The Name of Love") was accompanied by his owner and breeder Taffe McFadden. Bono faced off against 23 Best of Breed winners entered, according to a press release from the Westminster Kennel Club.
Bono took home the same title last year, according to the club.
The show, which was held from Feb. 9 through 11, is called the Super Bowl of dog shows by fans of the sport.
This year, more than 2,600 dogs from 49 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and 19 other countries participated in the show. Representing 208 different breeds and varieties, they competed over three intense days of events, with their handlers hoping they would be chosen "Best in Show."
Another Menlo Park dog, a Tibetan spaniel named Marco, competed in the Westminster show. He and his companion, Diana Gerba, were featured in this week's print edition of the Almanac.