On a crisp winter's night in New York City, folks rallied around a literal underdog (ugh, sorry).
King, a majestic wire fox terrier, took out the coveted Best in Show award at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.
But everyone's saying the dachshund was robbed.
The extremely regal terrier was awarded the top gong at the annual event, as well as winning the terrier group. According to the Guardian, King is the 15th wire fox terrier to win the top prize (the most of any breed).
But although King's performance was undeniably superb, viewers were outraged, instead calling for Best in Show to be awarded to the exquisite longhaired dachshund named Burns.
Burns, esteemed winner of the hound group, is truly a magnificent, fringed champion. Just watch him run. Look at him! Are you not entertained?
Watching dogs like dachshund Burns prance proudly around the Westminster ring like the beloved, adorable 🐕 champions they are is truly one of life’s greatest joys. LOOK AT THE HAPPY, PRIDEFUL EXPRESSION ON HIS PERFECT FACE! 😍🙏#WestminsterDogShow pic.twitter.com/QPF30aDw34
— Kate Thomas (@KateThomas) February 13, 2019
Folks flocked to Twitter after the results were announced, with torches, pitchforks and keyboard voices raised for Burns.
And the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show fucked it up. They could have gone with the dachshund. They should have gone with the dachshund. They failed to go with the dachshund.
— DD 163 (@DD_163) February 13, 2019
Just finished watching the Westminster Dog Show. The venerable Best In Show judge was a wire haired terrier expert. And GUESS WHAT? The wire haired terrier wins Best of Show.
The long-haired Daschund got SCREWED! 😬🦈
— bleusharque (@bleusharque) February 13, 2019
— MissSaintG (@theRealMSG) February 13, 2019
Nooooooo! I saw the early rounds & that long hair daschund was everything. He didn’t win?! 😱😱😱
— Fortitude1913 (@Fortitude1913) February 13, 2019
Honestly, these refs are getting out of control. Every sport is rigged. The dachshund was robbed. #WestminsterDogShow
— Erik Kenney (@Erik_Kenney) February 13, 2019
King also beat out very good group winners Bono the Havanese, Baby Lars the bouvier des Flandres, Bean the Sussex spaniel (who people thought got well robbed last year), and Wilma the boxer, but none of these award-winning pooches spurred as much online furore as Burns' loss.
But don't worry, our little sausage doggo champ managed to get a little photobomb in.
— Matt Vickers (@mattvarchar) February 13, 2019
It's not the first time a Westminster Dog Show winner of Best in Show has been met with outrage. Remember the fluffed-up bichon frise named Flynn from last year?