Westminster Dog Show Backstage and Up Close

by Mary Haight on February 13, 2013

The Westminster Dog Show celebrated 187 breeds and hosted some 3,000 dogs attending the 137th annual all breed show in New York. If you had a chance to watch the hours-long show over the past two-days, you know how engaged and enthusiastic the crowd is. To underscore that point, an announcer in last night’s round of judging said the crowd has the same energy as any other New York sports crowd, loudly cheering favorites, letting judges know their opinion.

This year’s show went smoothly with nothing like last year’s controversy over sponsor ads hitting the spotlight. Two new breeds eligible to compete this year were introduced, the Treeing Walker CoonHound and the Russell Terrier (read more about them here).

Something new introduced this year — “Reserve Best in Show” — which really did, as David Frei said, make it feel more like a Miss America pageant. Everyone must have been very impressed with the Old English Sheepdog “Swagger.” At only 20 months and green as the grass with only 3 shows under his puppy fur, he scooped up the new title. “Swagger” (Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect), is one to watch.

Westminster Dog Show Best in Show 2013 was the 5-year-old Affenpinscher from the Toy group, “Banana Joe” (GCH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari) I admit to thinking “Joey Bananas” just for a moment! At Westminster for the last time, Banana Joe is ready to retire home to the Netherlands after winning his 86th Best in Show title. Handler Ernesto Lara said “He’s a very tough little guy. He’s just a comedian,”… “He doesn’t know his size. He doesn’t know he has a fluffy face. He thinks he’s Mr. America”  according to Yahoo News and Reuters.

Here are a couple of insider videos from the Wall Street Journal, so take a peek backstage at the people fussing and in a little flutter — see those darling dog faces up close, and the “look” that all that special grooming yields.

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