Caturday Goes To The Dogs: Westminster 2016

Caturday goes to the dogs for a rare look outside our cat-centric world.  I attended the 14Oth session of the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday at Madison Square Gardens in  Manhattan.  I won tickets from a contest at the dog blog Golden Woofs

 Although 110% cat lover, I never miss viewing the WKC show on TV,  and experiencing the live event in the massive arena was the cat’s meow.  It doesn’t mean I’ll be adopting a puppy any time soon but I do have a new appreciation for the intricately produced event of the best of the best dogs, their handlers, judges, owners, exhibitors, announcers, media , press, techies and audience members in the thousands.  Purrs to Golden Woofs for holding the WKC ticket contest

More than once,  the announcers reminded me of Fred Willard from one of my favorite films, Best In Show. The hilarious mockumentary pokes fun at the dog show circuit. Apparently, it’s a spot-on satire. The real deal is steeped in tradition and protocol I know little of.  I’ll let my neophypte first impressions tell the story in images taken far, far away from the green carpet.

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Dogs and their handlers, judges, awards, announcers and ringside seats.
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Waiting and winning. Fellow handlers are gracious; judges, eagle-eyed.

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Madison Square Gardens private Sky Boxes.
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Every dog at WKC is a winner. There is drama, hushed seriousness and moments of humor. Treats, anyone?

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Presenting sponsor Purina ProPlan

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The highlight for me was seeing a lovely bulldog named GCH Imperious Hamitup Southern Bell a.k.a. Annabelle win best in non-sporting group. The crowd went wild for her and her handler couldn’t resist a kiss. Unlike other breeds flying by at full speed,  Annabelle was pooped and ready to snooze on the winner’s podium.  All in a day’s work and I finally understood the meaning of dog tired.

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I missed the second evening and seeing the 2016 best of show winner “GCH Vjk-Myst Garbonita’s California Journey” a.k.a. “CJ,” a Pointer (German Shorthaired) Click for pics.  My cats have forgiven me for the temporary species preference.  Don’t tell them, but I plan to attend Westminster next year.

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19 thoughts on “Caturday Goes To The Dogs: Westminster 2016”

  1. I also have a plan to go with my Tom and I’m preparing him tightly. ANyways, Enjoyed this and not to forget the next .

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  3. What a fun! It must be extra exciting to see the show live. All the dogs are beautiful and I like that people are dressed nicely!

  4. Mom usually tries to watch on TV but missed the show this time. She’s a big fan of woofies. She thinks it seems super strange to see all those men in tuxedos. We think the kitties probably prefer you cheating on them with woofies rather than other kitties. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  5. What an honor and treat to actually BE at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show! Thank you for sharing these great pictures, and your impressions. Really, really neat!

  6. M always tries to catch it on TV when she can, but missed it this year. What a fun experience, and the dogs are amazing. Thank you for making the type darker on your blog. Now I can finally read it. M is old and her eyes are old, and old eyes don’t see as well as they used to, but she could read this.

  7. We saw a few of the winners on the news – so much fun to see these gorgeous pups parading around the ring. Loved the story of one of the dogs in the show – A Weimaraner who was a rescue. He sure had come a long way……….glad you had fun!

    Love, Pam

  8. What an honor! We love to watch the Westminster show! We are species line crossers and have belonged to two absolutely wonderful dogs before, a mutt (Foofur) who looked a lot like a Papillion and a Chinese Shar Pei (Raisin). The mutt was found on the street of our town after being set out from a car and the Shar Pei was purchased from a breeder as a defective puppy… his ears didn’t fold. They are the only dogs that have graced my life so far but they were my soul mates and very bonded to each other. Foofur became Raisin’s guide dog when he went blind.
    We are an all species accepting family fur sure.

    We are thrilled that you got to wittness the show first hand!
    Luvs
    Skeeter and Izzy & the Feral Gang + Twig & Peanut & Romeo & the Angels
    >^..^^..^<~

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