Bill, a paraded in front of judges Monday at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.
Bill, a 2-year-old smooth-coat Chihuahua, "showed well" in today's best of breed category in the Toy category, but did not win, Newcomb told Patch in an e-mail today.
It was Bill's first time at Westminster, although Newcomb has shown there four other times. Her Chihuahua Rocky was an entrant last year and won an Award of Merit in 2010.
Newcomb said Bill, who's registered name is Ch Stellar's Master of the Renaissance, became a champion last June and is now working on his grand championship. Even though Bill didn't win, Newcomb plans to stay in New York to watch the show at Madison Square Garden, where it will be televised live from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Monday on CNBC and from 8 p.m.-11p.m. Tuesday on USA Network.
Newcomb is something of a newcomer to dog shows, having participated in them only in the last five years -- which makes her ascension to the nation's top dog show all the more remarkable. She has written about that experience in her new book, "Dog Show Confidential: Sneaking in the Back Door of Westminster" (Bravo Publishing, $9.95, 241 pp.), according to the Morning Call.
Newcomb will sign copies of her book from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem.