Yesterday I spent the day at Madison Square Garden with dozens of dachshunds, bassets and PBGVs. What an experience! Westminster is a bench show so you can go back stage and watch the English sheepdogs get their hair teased into a giant afro, pet the Best in Show blood hound and get a lick from an Irish wolf hound. It was a bit of heaven on earth. The fuzzy guy on the left came in second.
There were quite a few new breeds recognized by the Kennel Club for the first time this year. I got to pet one of them - a Norwegian Buhund from Oregon who was held by her owner - no crate for this pup!
It was hard not to shed a tear when the proud owner of the winning afghan hound burst into tears hugging her glamorous dog when they won best in show for the breed - sniff, sniff!
If you attend the show definitely visit the lobby of Hotel Pennsylvania to see their beautiful lobby filled with dozens of dogs, their fancy beds being rolled in on luggage carts and coolers filled with their special mix of gourmet dog food. Then walk half a block to The Nile, a glam bar, and enjoy a cosmo!