Martha's dog, with Lehighton roots, shines at Westminster
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Champion Pazzazz's Genghis Khan or call name "GK," won Best of Breed at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show yesterday. His handler is Jan Kolnik of Palmerton, left. He is co-owned by Martha Stewart and Karen Tracy, right, owner of Pazzazz Boarding Kennel, 459 Pohopoco Drive, Franklin Township.
After Champion Pazzazz Genghis Khan "GK" won the Best of Breed yesterday at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City, the star-quality chow chow turned around and looked at his owners, TV celebrity Martha Stewart and Karen Tracy of Lehighton, as if to say, "Did I do all right?"
Tracy said yesterday from Madison Square Garden, "He won. GK won. He won Best of Breed. This was only his sixth show."
"The fact that he won the breed was amazing. I was crying," she said.
Tracy said she was shocked because "GK" has only been training for three months. Apparently it's in his bloodline. His sire, Ch. Liontamer's Dial 1-800 Hotstuff, "Maddox" won the breed last year at Westminster.
"To have winners back-to-back is amazing," said Tracy. "And to have it be a father and son makes me so proud as a breeder."
This was GK's first visit to Westminster and not likely to be his last. His handler is Jan Kolnik of Palmerton.
Before the Westminster Show Kolnik and Tracy gave GK the spa treatment - a shampoo, blow out and trim. Apparently all that primping helped. GK does have a "look at me" personality, that can sway the judges. His orange coat is full and fluffy and his black tongue looks adorable as it slips out the corner of his mouth.
He competed in The Best in Group: Hound, Toy, Non-sporting and Herding group competitions last night, but he didn't win, so he will not advance to tonight's best of show competition.
GK and Stewart appeared on the Today Show this morning. He will appear on Stewart's show tomorrow.
Tracy said that Stewart had initially not planned to show GK, but recently changed her mind. To prepare for the Westminster Show, GK appeared in dog shows in Bloomsburg; Syracuse, N.Y.; Providence, R.I.; West Springfield, Mass.; and West Friendship, Md.
Stewart's appearance at Madison Square Garden caused quite a stir.
A lot of people asked for her autograph.
Stewart is readily recognized for her nationally-syndicated talk show, best-selling books and Martha Stewart Living magazine.
For a person to still be a celebrity at a show where the dogs are stars says a lot for the popularity of Stewart.
On March 6, 2009, an explosion at Pazzazz Pet Boarding Kennel in Lehighton claimed the lives of 17 dogs. One of those was a 3-month-old Chow Chow named Genghis Khan owned by Martha Stewart.
Karen Tracy, the owner of the kennel promised Stewart another Chow Chow and in February 2010 she delivered a second pup. Tracy says Stewart decided to name this puppy Genghis Khan or "GK" as a way of remembering the dog she lost.
Tracy has been raising dogs for the past 18 years.