Loteki Supernatural Being

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Ch. Loteki Supernatural Being
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Loteki Supernatural Being at the presentation of the best-in-show trophy in 1999 at Westminster
Other appellation(s) Kirby
Species Canis lupus familiaris
Breed Papillon
Sex Male
Born (1990-12-31)December 31, 1990
Died February 12, 2007(2007-02-12) (aged 16)
Occupation Show dog
Title Best In Show at the
Westminster Dog Show
Term 1999
Predecessor Ch. Fairewood Frolic
Successor Ch. Salilyn 'N Erin's Shameless
Parents Ch. Loteki Supercharger (sire)
Ch. Loteki Denzel Fortuneteller (dam)
Offspring Ch. Cadaga Civil Action (multi-time best of breed at Westminster)[1]
31 Best-in-show awards, including Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, World Dog Show and the Royal Canadian Show.[2]

Ch. Loteki Supernatural Being (December 31, 1990 – February 12, 2007) also known as Kirby, a Papillon, best known for being the only dog to have won all three major international dog shows in the same year and being the oldest winner of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at eight years old, until his record was broken in 2009 by Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee at ten years old.[3]

Early life[edit]

Kirby was one of four in a litter born on December 31, 1990, to Ch. Loteki Supercharger (Rico) and Ch. Loteki Denzel Fortuneteller (Gypsy). One of his litter mates was Am/Can CH. Loteki Turbocharger, CDX who became a therapy dog and won multiple groups in Canada.[2][4]

Show history[edit]

Kirby's first Westminster victory came in 1993, when he won Best of Breed.[5] In 1996 he became the first Papillon to place top in the Toy group,[6] he would end up placing second overall at the 1996 Westminster Dog Show, being defeated by Ch. Clussexx Country Sunrise, the very first Clumber Spaniel to win at Westminster.[7]

In 1997, he lost his best of breed title at Westminster to CH Loteki Good Time Charlie,[5] a nephew of his, however, in 1998 he regained that title and placed third in the toy group.[6]

In 1999, Kirby became the first Papillon to win best in show at Westminster.[6] He also became the oldest dog to ever win at Westminster at eight-years old, a record which would stand until 2009 with the ten-year old Sussex Spaniel Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee.[3] The victory at Westminster in 1999 added to a remarkable 31 best in show trophies, including winning the World Dog Show in Helsinki, Finland and the Royal Canadian Show in 1998 in the same show year. Kirby is the first dog to have ever won both at Westminster, and at the World Dog Show.[8]

Kirby returned to the show ring in 2005 at the age of fourteen at the Papillon Club of America's National Speciality Show in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was entered in the Veterans Class - a class for Papillons over the age of eight. On the first day of the competition Kirby, who had previously won the National Papillon Speciality on three occasions, won the ribbon for best Veteran Dog. On day two, Kirby returned to the ring for the first round of cuts for the championship, but with a different handler. Cheslie Pickett, less than two years older than Kirby led him around the ring with his normal handler John Oulton taking charge of Nemo, Kirby's son. Kirby was chosen by judge Sandra Goose Allen as the winner of the 2005 National Papillon Speciality - making his handler Cheslie Pickett the youngest ever to have won the National Papillon Speciality, and Kirby the oldest dog ever to have won and the only dog to have won it four times.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hall, Candace (2006-02-23). "Local dog sets record at Westminster". Wicked Local. Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  2. ^ a b "Am/Can/Dutch/Intl CH LOTEKI SUPERNATURAL BEING". Loteki Papillons. Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  3. ^ a b Thomas, Katie (February 10, 2009). "10-Year-Old Spaniel Completes Comeback". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  4. ^ "Am/Can CH LOTEKI TURBOCHARGER, CDX "Turbo"". Loteki Papillons. Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  5. ^ a b "Loteki at Westminster". Loteki Papillons. Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  6. ^ a b c Finn, Robin (February 10, 1999). "DOG SHOW; First at Westminster: Papillon Is Best in Show". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  7. ^ Litsky, Frank (February 15, 1996). "DOG SHOW;Clumbers: Dog of Kings, Commoners and Ribbons". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  8. ^ "Westminster Historical Highlights". Westminster Kennel Club. Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  9. ^ "A Tribute to a Legend". Katurah's Papillons. Retrieved 2009-12-24. 

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