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Westminster Dog Show: Pekingese wins ‘Best in Show.’ Eh?

Malachy, a Pekingese, won Best in Show at Westminster. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Pekingese wins Best in Show at Westminster

Malachy, a Pekingese, won Best in Show at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday night,  at Madison Square Garden in New York. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_19969851

My wife and I watched part of the show on television, but we ran out of gas before it was time for Best in Show. I was rooting for the Doberman, a VERY classy dog, but never in a million years did I figure I would wake up this morning to find that a little ball of over-combed fluffy dog hair with two eyes and a fat tongue had won first prize in the “Super Bowl” of dog shows.

What about the Doberman, the Irish setter, Dachshunds, whippet, Norwegian elkhound, dalmatian, shepherds, sheepdog, pointers, boxer … and all the other hounds, toys, non-sporting, herding, and working dogs and terriers? You know, dogs that look like dogs?

Yeah, I know. That’s the way with any contest I guess. Somebody’s got to win. But a little ball of dog hair?

What do you think? /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
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Slide show of this year’s Westminster Kennel Club’s 136th Dog Show

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Slide Show: Westminster Kennel Club’s 136th Dog Show

Here a special treat. A Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and Dog Fashion slide show of this year’s 136th event! http://photos.mercurynews.com/2012/02/westminster-kennel-clubs-136th-dog-show-and-dog-fashion-photos/4605

Enjoy! These are cool! /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
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133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is tonight & Tuesday

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The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is one of the biggest and most popular dog shows in the world.

Since 1948, the spectacular show has been a television staple, attracting millions of viewers to America’s second oldest sporting event the first week of every February on live television from New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
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Posted on Monday, February 9th, 2009
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British Kennel Club: Breeding shakeup angers purebred dog breeders

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From The Times (London), Jan. 14, 2009, by Valerie Elliott, Consumer Editor:
“The classic British bulldog, a symbol of defiance and pugnacity, is to disappear. A shake-up of breeding standards by the (British) Kennel Club has signaled the end of the dog’s Churchillian jowl. Instead, the dog will have a shrunken face, a sunken nose, longer legs and a leaner body.

“The change has angered the British Bulldog Breed Council and it is threatening legal action against the club. Robin Searle, the chairman, said: ‘What you’ll get is a completely different dog, not a British bulldog.’”
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Posted on Thursday, January 29th, 2009
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Qlympics of dog shows — Westminster, Feb. 11-12

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

Posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
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