The Big Show

Our writer takes you behind the scenes of the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.


You get a lot from watching the fun, fascinating, sometimes riveting Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on television, with its many moments of “Aww!” Yet, television coverage can’t give you the whole story.

New York City changes when the dogs descend, trotting down the sidewalks of Manhattan in smart winter jackets at the ends of rhinestone-studded leashes. Hotel lobbies fill with great stacks of blanketed kennels, tangles of leashes, people from every corner of the country proudly wearing their breed allegiances on sweatshirts and luggage decals.


Everywhere you go, it’s dogs, dogs, dogs, the air rife with the smells of freshly washed fur and sweat and sweet dog breath, punctuated with barking and the occasional tuft of airborne down.


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