US top dog is tiny & cute

A tiny black dog named Banana Joe became top dog in US this week by winning the prestigious Westminster dog show in New York.





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Tiny affenpinscher is America's top dog

13 FEBRUARY 2013

Banana Joe, an Affenpinscher, won Best of Show during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (Photo: Afp, Stan Honda)

AFP - A tiny black affenpinscher called Banana Joe became top dog Tuesday by winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York.

His handler, Ernesto Lara, lifted him in the air and shook him joyfully, then placed him next to the winner's podium, where Banana Joe leaped up like a born winner.

After conquering his toy dog category, Banana Joe had to face serious -- not to mention much bigger -- competition in the final round pitting the best in breeds against each other.

Up against the miniscule pooch were a German wirehaired pointer, a smooth fox terrier, an American foxhound, a fluffy white bichon frise, a Portuguese water dog and an enormous shaggy old English sheepdog

Swagger the sheepdog, which resembled a cross between a lion and a cotton ball, was a crowd favorite, earning huge cheers every time he ran around the judging ring. He won the contest's newly-created runner's up spot, termed Reserve Best in Show.

Banana Joe, an Affenpinscher, won Best of Show during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (Photo: Afp, Stan Honda)

There was also tangible sympathy in the crowd for the little affenpinscher, and the dog himself seemed delighted by all the excitement at his win, licking his chops, then getting a quick brush down.

"I think it's just a wonderful thing, a tribute for a small breed with such a big heart," Lara said.

The handler said the champion would now rest on his laurels in The Netherlands. "He's going to retire back home where he was born," he said. "That's where he's going to spend the rest of his life.

Lara recommended the affenpinscher as a pet, but said the breed liked to be given some slack. It's a "very human dog," he said. "You want to befriend it

A total of 2,721 dogs from 187 breeds and varieties battled for the crown at Westminster, which is one of the most prestigious annual dog shows in the world.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Tiny affenpinscher is America's top dog, 13 FEBRUARY 2013, link

 
Dog Show Vocabulary

dog show - conformation show, the most-common meaning of "dog show", in which dogs are rated for how well their appearance conforms to a standard (See Wikipedia)

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show - the most famous dog show in the US that lasts two days at Madison Square Garden in New York City every year. The first Westminster show was held in 1877 (See Wikipedia & photos from this year)

Best of Show - the famous highest award at the Westminster dog show (See Wikipedia)

Best of Show
(movie) - a movie about the Westminster dog show (See Wikipedia)
 
affenpinscher - a terrier-like toy breed of dog (See Wikipedia & pronunciation #1, #2)

terrier - a breed of dog that is typically small, wiry, very active and fearless (See Wikipedia)

toy dog -
a very small breed of dog (See Wikipedia)

tiny -
very small
the tiny affenpinscher

top dog - number one, the best at something
America's top dog
the tiny affenpinscher is America's top dog

tiny black affenpinscher called Banana Joe became top dog Tuesday by winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York.

handler - a person whose job is to train and look after an animal, especially a dog

joy
(noun) - a feeling of great happiness ความปีติยินดี,  ความเบิกบานใจ , ความสุขใจ
joyful
(adjective) 
joyfully
(adverb) 

shake 
(verb, present) - to make many small movements เขย่า, สั่น
shook
(verb, past) -  
shook him joyfully

podium -
a small raised area where a person stands (to give a speech or receive an award or sports medal)
the winner's podium


leap -
to jump into the air
leap up
leaped up like a born winner


His handler, Ernesto Lara, lifted him in the air and shook him joyfully, then placed him next to the winner's podium, where Banana Joe leaped up like a born winner.

category - a group of people or things that have similar qualities หมวดหมู่ ประเภท
toy dog category

breeds - different types of animals and dogs พันธุ์ สายพันธุ์
the best in
breeds

conquer - to win ชนะ
conquering his toy dog category

competition - การแข่งขัน
serious competition - difficult competition (difficult to win) 
face serious competition

round –
one of a series of events, activities, etc. รอบ
the final round

pit X against Y
- a competition with X and Y competing against each other

pitting the best in breeds against each other
the final round pitting the best in breeds against each other

the dog had to face serious competition in the final round pitting the best in breeds against each other.

After conquering his toy dog category, Banana Joe had to face serious -- not to mention much bigger -- competition in the final round pitting the best in breeds against each other.

enormous - very large ที่ใหญ่โตมโหฬาร มหาศาล มหึมา
up against ... - competing against ... , have as a competitor

miniscule -
very small
pooch -
dog
miniscule pooch - a small dog

enormous - very large
shaggy -
has lots of hair
enormous shaggy old English sheepdog

Up against the miniscule pooch were a German wirehaired pointer, a smooth fox terrier, an American foxhound, a fluffy white bichon frise, a Portuguese water dog and an enormous shaggy old English sheepdog

a cross between X and Y - when two animals are bred together and have babies that are a combination of the two animal's features or traits

resemble
- to look like something (to look the same or similar to something)
resembled a cross between a lion and a cotton ball

a crowd favorite - many people watching the show liked him a lot

earning huge cheers every time he ran around the judging ring

runner up -
the person who gets second place in a competition
spot - a place
runner's up spot

termed ... - called ...

Swagger the sheepdog, which resembled a cross between a lion and a cotton ball, was a crowd favorite, earning huge cheers every time he ran around the judging ring. He won the contest's newly-created runner's up spot, termed Reserve Best in Show.

tangible - touchable, you can touch it; real and not imaginary, experienced ชัดเจน
sympathy - a natural feeling of kindness and understanding that you have for someone who is experiencing something very unpleasant ความเห็นอกเห็นใจ
tangible sympathy
There was also tangible sympathy in the crowd for the littledog

delighted - very happy or satisfied about something ยินดีมาก,สุขใจ
the dog himself seemed delighted by all the excitement at his win

lick –
to move your tongue across something, especially in order to eat it, clean it, or make it wet เลีย
chops - mouth
licking his chops

brush - แปรง
getting a quick brush down

There was also tangible sympathy in the crowd for the little affenpinscher, and the dog himself seemed delighted by all the excitement at his win, licking his chops, then getting a quick brush down.

breed - raise animals for the purpose of producing more animals เพาะเลี้ยง
a small breed
a small breed with such a big heart

tribute - something that you do or say that shows that you respect and admire someone เครื่องบรรณาการ เพื่อถวาย สดุดี เทิดพระเกียรติ สิ่งที่มอบแด่ใครคนหนึ่ง การแสดงความเคารพ ยกย่องต่อ
a tribute for a small breed with such a big heart

"I think it's just a wonderful thing, a tribute for a small breed with such a big heart," Lara said.

champion - the winner (of some contest or game or sport event)
retire - to stop playing a sport as a professional or serious player because you are too old or no longer have the desire อำลาวงการ

rest on laurels -
satisfied and happy with what you have achieved (and will not do any more)

The handler said the champion would now rest on his laurels in The Netherlands. "He's going to retire back home where he was born," he said. "That's where he's going to spend the rest of his life."

give some slack - to be less strict with someone (also: cut some slack)
the breed liked to be given some slack

befriend -
to be friends, to make friends with someone
You want to befriend the dog.

Lara recommended the affenpinscher as a pet, but said the breed liked to be given some slack. It's a "very human dog," he said. "You want to befriend it." 

annual - happening once a year ประจำปี
annual dog show

prestigious - famous, admired and respected by people ที่มีชื่อเสียง ที่ได้รับความนับถือ
prestigious annual dog show

the crown
- the award
battle for the crown
varieties battled for the crown

A total of 2,721 dogs from 187 breeds and varieties battled for the crown at Westminster, which is one of the most prestigious annual dog shows in the world.

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