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Qlympics of dog shows — Westminster, Feb. 11-12

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 at 7:19 am in Dog Show, dogs, Westminster.

The 132nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be held Feb. 11-12 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Individual breed judging takes place between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Group and Best in Show competition will be televised live on Monday, Feb. 11 on USA Network from 8-9 p.m., continuing on CNBC from 9-11 p.m. … and live on USA Network from 8-11 p.m., Feb. 12.

Four local dogs will be competing from the San Francisco Bay Area:
** Border collie from San Mateo. Owners are Mary Ann Waldo and Lisa Waldo.
** Polish lowland sheepdog from Brentwood. Owners are Tony and Barbara Ross.
** Siberian husky from El Cerrito. Owner is Donna Beckman.
** Standard schnauzer from Livermore. Owners are Robert and Lois Ann Bedford.

Be sure and watch for them!

Four newly recognized breeds will make also their debuts on the sport’s biggest stage:
The Swedish Vallhund, Beauceron, Tibetan mastiff and Plott will be among the 169 breeds and varieties competing in America’s first and only “Champions Only” dog show. The Vallhund and the Beauceron compete in the Herding Group, while the Tibetan mastiff is part of the Working Group, and the Plott is in the Hound Group.

The Vallhund, a sturdily built Spitz-type breed known since the time of the Vikings, has been kept for centuries as a farm dog and used for herding cattle and sheep. It is an energetic breed known as a “big dog in a small body.” The Beauceron is an old, distinct breed closely related to the long-haired Briard. Beaucerons served bravely in both World Wars as messenger and mine-detection dogs and experienced a serge of popularity after World War II.

The Tibetan Mastiff is a large, powerful, noble and impressive dog that has been used primarily as a family and property guardian for centuries. The Plott is a hunting hound. It is intelligent, alert and confident and is noted for stamina, endurance, agility, determination and aggressiveness, combining courage with athletic ability.

You can find out more about this huge dog show at http://westminsterkennelclub.org

Have fun watching. I sure will, along with my cats, Tut and Newman. I’ll be cheering and I’m sure the cats will be booing. /Gary

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2 Responses to “Qlympics of dog shows — Westminster, Feb. 11-12”

  1. Barbara Says:

    And maybe some of you would want to check out a real live “olympic” dog event on March 15th + 16th at the Twin Creeks sport arena in Sunnyvale, were several hundred dogs compete in an agility trial! Visitors welcome and it’s free!

    Wanna know more: check out the local host club @ http://www.bayteam.org

  2. D Elisabeth Aymett Says:

    Dear Gary:

    I find it interesting that you like to watch dog shows and encourage others to do so. Given your position on AB 1634 – which would destroy dog shows, I would have thought you would be siding with the Animal Rights activists who are seeking to destroy our rights to own and breed dogs for any purpose.

    I proudly own and show my dogs and yes, I breed on a limited basis. I hope you will look closely at your position on this issue, review the FACTS on how this has not worked well in other places and urge a continuance of voluntary spay/neuter – which has brought down the shelter numbers drastically over the past 30 years.

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