Wilton resident Ashley Fischer’s pug Blake won an Award of Merit at the 142nd annual Westminster Kennel Club All-Breed Dog Show in New York City earlier this week.

“The Award of Merit is given to a dog whom the judge feels is worthy of a Best of Breed win,” Fischer told The Bulletin.

“I am thrilled to have Blake recognized by the judge in such lovely company, especially given his young age.”

The 20-month-old pug earned of three available Awards of Merit in the Pug Best of Breed competition, which had 22 entrants.

The pug who won Best in Breed this year, Fischer said, was a “lovely representative of the breed.”

“He was ranked No. 1 in the breed in 2017 and went on to win the Toy Group [this year]. There is certainly no shame in losing to a dog like that,” she said.

Even though her other pug, three-year-old Bruno, did not take home any awards, Fischer said, he “showed beautifully” and “it was fun being in the ring with him.”

More than 3,000 dogs competed for ultimate recognition in conformation, obedience and agility at Westminster’s two-day competition at Madison Square Garden, which kicked off Monday, Feb. 12.

Fischer’s two pugs were two of 128 dogs from Connecticut this year.

Information: westminsterkennelclub.org