Westminster Winner Gets VIP Treatment

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    This year's Westminster Kennel Club winner gets a steak fit for a queen in New York. (Published Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011)

    The Scottish Deerhound that was Westminster's Best in Show got the Big Apple VIP treatment on Wednesday, including a 10 oz. tenderloin prepared by a top chef.

    Hickory was invited to dine at renowned Manhattan eatery, Sardi's, where chef Sean Rickett served up a steak seasoned with a little oil and salt. It was cooked medium, cut up into pieces and served on a silver platter.

    "We'll do it medium and let it cool a little," Rickett told NBC New York.

    Hickory was shy to even nibble at the platter; her handler explained that the animal is more used to eating dog food. She explained Scottish Deerhounds hunt by sight, not scent, so the smell of food is not necessarily an enticement.

    The celebrated canine hit other stops on the media circuit today. 

    Among the stops for this southern belle from Warrenton, Va.: NBC's "Today Show,"  the observation deck of the Empire State Building and lunch at Sardi's.

    Hickory and her entourage arrived at Sardi's in a chauffeured car, then paused for pictures before lunch was brought in on a silver platter.

    Not long afterward, designer Michael Kors, who had just wrapped up his Fashion Week show, walked in to say hello. "She's very elegant, and I like to see she is wearing gray," said the fashion icon.

    The day was far from over for the gray-hued canine celebrity. The car was waiting to whisk away Hickory and friends to other appearances, a visit to Ronald McDonald House to visit with young cancer patients, a stop by NBC's "LX-TV" and "New York Nightly News". 

    All of this can make anyone dog tired and the Westminster champion may be howling to get back to her 50-acre Virginia farm.

    "She'll retire after this," said Cecilia Dove, the champ's co-owner. Hickory is 5-years old, that's 35 in human years and Dove told us it's time for the female to give up the city lights and settle down and become a mommy.