Chris Preovolos/The Advocate
The scene after a round of judging at the 133rd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York.
I’ve been covering the Westminster for a few years now and no matter how many times I’ve been there, or how many times I’ve watched “Best in Show,” I’m never quite prepared for the often bizarre scene that awaits. Above all, it’s a lot of fun.
This year, along with Sarah Lipman, a reporter and beagle owner, I followed Anna Stromberg, a woman from South Salem, N.Y., who runs a dog grooming business in Stamford. Stromberg and her husband were showing a whippet, Glory Bound (who won Best in Breed) and two Afghan hounds. They will show giant schnauzers tomorrow.
The benching and grooming areas are a bustling with activity all day. Owners, groomers, handlers, fans and members of the media pack into the rows of crates and grooming tables making it nearly impossible to navigate from one end of the room to the other.
Even the press room proved to be fairly entertaining, as Uno, the only beagle to ever claim Best in Show honors (2008) at Westminster, drew a crowd during a press conference of sorts; my famously unyielding cynicism melted slightly as I watched him being all adorable while standing on a table drinking water out of a cocktail tumbler.
Champion or not, dogs will be dogs.
READ SARAH’S STORY: HERE