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This is one of my non GSD-centric posts, so I apologize in advance.

Watching the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York was a dream come true. We got to Madison Square Garden an hour before the show and walked around the benching area, looking at the upcoming Working Group winners being prepped. Saw the Leonberger sound asleep, and the Giant and Standard Schnauzer getting groomed. Prior to going in, we saw a lot of dogs being loaded up for their trips home, where I got to pet a gorgeous Tibetan Mastiff.

Some behind the scenes stuff: The emcee (the guy you hear every year on TV) was rehearsing with the camera people and lighting people on the floor, and when he would announce "And now the winner of the Hound Group, Dog Number Zero!" a production assistant would run around the floor (the audience, in the spirit of fun, cheered for the production assistant). One geeky fact--those boxes you see with the breed name on the floor have a removable cover, and prior to the next group, they just lift the cover and there's the breed name for the following group. Very efficient.

The White Bull Terrier bitch (the "Target" dog) in the Terrier Group had my favorite moment at WKC--she was absolutely RIVETED by some smell on the ground during her turn in front of the Group Judge; the dog planted her front feet, nose to the carpet, and in true terrier fashion, would. not. move. The crowd was roaring, and as I have great experience with humiliation from a naughty dog (yes, I'm looking at YOU, Athena), she instantly became my favorite terrier. The handler started cracking up, and had an expression like "What are you gonna do?", receiving consoling pats from handlers on either side of her when she finally managed to get the terrier back to their box. The impish little girl wasn't done; she barked her head off the whole rest of the Terrier Group competition, jumping in joy and wagging her white whip of a tail. Loved it.

During Best in Show, we screamed our voices gone (seriously, we probably drowned out David Frei) for the fluffdorable Old English Sheepdog SWAGGER. What a pup (literally--he's only 20 months!). Swagger didn't go home empty-handed; he won Best In Show Reserve, which is new this year. It's essentially runner up, I guess if the winner can't fulfill his/her duties? Anyway. We really thought that the German Wirehair Pointer had it in the bag, but NOPE. Another Toy Group winner this year (the Affenpinscher) got the cup. We didn't agree with the winner, but neither of us yelled that the American Foxhound was robbed or call the victor an "Assenpincher" like the guy in front of us. Hahaha. Classic. I passed out a few cards for my book; not as many as I had hoped, but it really was too crowded to really talk to people. Enjoy the photos of my dream come true! :D
 

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I watched the last day for the "Best in Show". My family kept yelling at me to change the channel, so I had to go back and forth between commercials. I don't know why, but I loved watching it, I guess I'm a dog lover period and just love watching all of the dogs take their turns.

I too was surprised that they announced that Swagger, the Old English Sheep Dog was the Reserve Best in Show winner, he's from Colorado Springs, so I was excited about that.

I had to laugh at your "assenpincher" comment. One day I would like to go to Westminster, but I bet the real excitement is at all of the hotels where the dogs are staying at :wild:
 

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My mom used to show our Norwegian Elkhounds at Westminster almost every year. Since we lived in CT, all of us went many times. It was always so much fun. I happened to look up the premium for Westminster and they had the cut off date for entries or when they received 3200. I agree with you about the results!
 

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That would be so cool! I told hubby next year is our 15th wedding anniversary and its on the Feb 6th ,2014,so I want tickets for the the Westminster Show. I will spend two days in the piers and in the benching area and meet a plotthound and a Beauceron and a... .Oh okay got a little carried away. I am very happy you had fun. I was cheering for the Fox hound in best in show as well but in hounds I was cheering for that handsome Norwegian, Bjorn. I met him and his handler this summer. He is so sweet. Sounds like a great time was had by you and your mom.Did Athena get a something from Westminster?
 

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I watched the last day for the "Best in Show". My family kept yelling at me to change the channel, so I had to go back and forth between commercials. I don't know why, but I loved watching it, I guess I'm a dog lover period and just love watching all of the dogs take their turns.

I too was surprised that they announced that Swagger, the Old English Sheep Dog was the Reserve Best in Show winner, he's from Colorado Springs, so I was excited about that.

I had to laugh at your "assenpincher" comment. One day I would like to go to Westminster, but I bet the real excitement is at all of the hotels where the dogs are staying at :wild:
Hoo yes-I bet the hotels are dens of intrigue and gossip! By the people too! :laugh: (rim shot cymbal crash)
 

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That would be so cool! I told hubby next year is our 15th wedding anniversary and its on the Feb 6th ,2014,so I want tickets for the the Westminster Show. I will spend two days in the piers and in the benching area and meet a plotthound and a Beauceron and a... .Oh okay got a little carried away. I am very happy you had fun. I was cheering for the Fox hound in best in show as well but in hounds I was cheering for that handsome Norwegian, Bjorn. I met him and his handler this summer. He is so sweet. Sounds like a great time was had by you and your mom.Did Athena get a something from Westminster?
Oh you should go for sure. It's an experience. Um. No I did not get Athena anything :blush:
 

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My mom used to show our Norwegian Elkhounds at Westminster almost every year. Since we lived in CT, all of us went many times. It was always so much fun. I happened to look up the premium for Westminster and they had the cut off date for entries or when they received 3200. I agree with you about the results!
Small world--do you happen to know Dr. Robert Indeglia? He judged BIS in 2007 (he put up James the Springer) and he is big into Elkhounds. He's the father of a high school classmate of mine. I was told I could go try and find him and say hello, but I would have acted like I was meeting a rock star and would have embarrassed myself.
 

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I watched it was was rooting for the Old English Sheepdog.

OMG one camera shot of the guy taking the Affenpinscher around the ring reminded me of the MOVIE best in show, with the guy who had two left feet? :D

The guy even looked like Eugene Levy!

I can't say who should have won or not, I don't know all the breeds and dog's conformation very well, I basically go on the 'cuteness' factor. :)

I PVR'd it, I love learning about the different breeds.
 

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How fun!!!

Two of our 4-H kids were in Junior Handler. Megan was in a tough group and only made it to the first round. Christian made it to the finals :)

They had a great time and sounds like you did too!
 
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