UPDATE: On the final night Tuesday, in the best of show competition, the top honors went to a little black scruff named Banana Joe and a big fluffy sheepdog named Swagger, but - just the same- Jewel and Honor looked great in the final 7. Wednesday, on her way home to Washington, Ellen Charles said she was disappointed but still felt the whole experience, winning two blue ribbons in groups, was "awesome."
MONDAY NIGHT: It's a fun night for DC residents to watch the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York -- the Olympics of dogdom -- because one of our own, Ellen Charles, has an American Fox Hound and a Bichon Frise that just made the cut for tomorrow night's Best In Show competition. "Jewel," who's been winning ribbons since she hit the circuit, won Best in Group for the Hound category. "Honor," as much a champion, won Best in Group in the category of non-sporting.
Ellen, who ives in Georgetown, is also the chairman of the board of Hillwood Estate, the former home of her grandmother, Marjorie Merriweather Post, is at Madison Square Garden, with family members and trainers. Whatever happens, DC should be watching and cheering for Ellen on Tuesday night.
The show is broadcast live on CNBC.
Ellen has been in the show dog game since she was a child and in earnest most of her adult life. In 2011 one of her dogs made it into the Best in Show final. She also owns race horses. And for a little bit of trivia, her cousin is Glenn Close and her aunt is Dina Merrill. She moved from Chevy Chase to Georgetown 15 years ago after the death of her husband, Kevin.