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12 Things To Know About 2013 Best In Show Winner, Banana Joe

Last year the world was introduced to a very special dog: Banana Joe. Here’s a little peek at what his journey as Westminster Best in Show Champion looked like, brought to you by Purina Pro Plan, the dog food of choice for Banana Joe and 8 of the last 8 Westminster Best In Show Champions.

Have you heard about the affenpinscher?

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You may know them for looking like Ewoks...

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...though they are more commonly known as the "monkey terrier."

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But more importantly, this is what they look like when they're all wet:

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And this is what one looks like in a top hat.


(The short answer is: definitely better than you do.)

OK. Now that you know a bit about "affies," let's get to the point: Banana Joe.

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1. Here's how the year started for Banana Joe.

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2. He strutted his stuff all the way to the head of the pack.

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3. And his talents seemed almost otherworldly.

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He was practically floating on air!

4. He was on top of the dog world!

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5. So he treated himself to a brand new 'do.

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6. Answered A LOT of questions from his fans.

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7. (He's very friendly.)

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8. The days after Westminster featured a whirlwind tour of New York.

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He rang the New York Stock Exchange Opening Bell.

9. Matt Lauer perfected his petting technique on him.

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10. And he made friends in high places.

11. He even made it to the top of the Empire State Building.

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12. After doing all that, he's certainly earned some time to let it all hang out.

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