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Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Posted Nov 02 2008 12:00am

“Will Herbie be at Westminster?”

LOL! :D No. Westminster is in Madison Square Garden, in the heart of New York City, in February. When they’re not competing, the dogs are required to be benched….ie. remain in a small space, on display for the public. It’s very, very crowded and not a comfortable experience for the dogs or the exhibitors. I took a dog to one of these big shows once, the Eukanuba Invitational, the National Championship. My little 13″ bitch and I were overwhelmed by the crowds and I was afraid that she might get stepped on.  The “made for TV set”, the lighting and the commercial countdown clock in the corner of the group ring created a surreal atmosphere. I left that show with a ….”well, been there, done that” attitude toward the big made for TV dog shows. They’re fun to watch….at home, in front of a fire, with a nice glass of wine….but I don’t really have a desire to participate.

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