A Dog’s Life At The Westminster Dog Show

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World's Top Dogs Compete At Westminster Dog Show
Pekingese Malachy poses for photographers after winning Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 14, 2012 in New York City. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was first held in 1877, is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the U.S., second only to the Kentucky Derby. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
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Malachy, a Pekingese, after winning Best
Malachy, a Pekingese, after winning Best in Show during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden February 14, 2012. (Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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(Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Trinity, a Neopolitan Mastiff, waits to
Trinity, a Neopolitan Mastiff, waits to go in the judging ring during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden February 14, 2012. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Dogue de Bordeaux, waits to enter the
A Dogue de Bordeaux, waits to enter the judging ring during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden February 14, 2012 in New York. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Komondorok, in the judging ring during
A Komondorok, in the judging ring during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden February 14, 2012 in New York. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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(Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Bentley, a Cocker Spaniel, in the backs
Bentley, a Cocker Spaniel, in the backstage area during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden February 14, 2012 in New York. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Mia, a Doberman, in the backstage area
Mia, a Doberman, in the backstage area during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden February 14, 2012 in New York. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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(Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
CJ, a Newfoundland, in the backstage ar
CJ, a Newfoundland, in the backstage area during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden February 14, 2012. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Golden Retriever, in the backstage are
A Golden Retriever, in the backstage area during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden February 14, 2012. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A pair of Beagles on the grooming table
A pair of Beagles on the grooming table during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden. February 13, 2012. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Golden Retrievers in the judging ring du
Golden Retrievers in the judging ring during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden February 14, 2012. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Sanoma, a Great Dane, in the preparation
Sanoma, a Great Dane, in the preparation
Sanoma, a Great Dane, in the preparation area during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden February 14, 2012. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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World's Top Dogs Compete At Westminster Dog Show
Emma Echols competes with her Yorkshire Terrier 'Tucker' in the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 13, 2012 in New York City. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show first held in 1877, is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the U.S., second only to the Kentucky Derby. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
World's Top Dogs Compete At Westminster Dog Show
Andrew Mueller, 10, competes with his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 'Stella' in the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 13, 2012 in New York City. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show first held in 1877, is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the U.S., second only to the Kentucky Derby. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
World's Top Dogs Compete At Westminster Dog Show
Nikkie Kinzigner performs a trick with Tibetan Terrier Reese, winner of an award of merit, backstage at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 13, 2012 in New York City. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show first held in 1877, is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the U.S., second only to the Kentucky Derby. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
World's Top Dogs Compete At Westminster Dog Show
Maddie, a Shetland Sheepdog from Louisiana, smells a man's fingers backstage at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 13, 2012 in New York City. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show first held in 1877, is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the U.S., second only to the Kentucky Derby. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
World's Top Dogs Compete At Westminster Dog Show
Derek, a Standard Poodle, is groomed by her owner Gail Wolaniuk, of from Garent Valley, PA, backstage at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 13, 2012 in New York City. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show first held in 1877, is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the U.S., second only to the Kentucky Derby. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
World's Top Dogs Compete At Westminster Dog Show
Grand Champion Oakhurst Crusin' in Chrome, an Australian Shepard, poses backstage at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show after winning best of opposite sex on February 13, 2012 in New York City. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show first held in 1877, is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the U.S., second only to the Kentucky Derby. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
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A Bulldog cools off in the ring during
A Bulldog cools off in the ring during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden. February 13, 2012. The English bulldog, with its squat, face, enormous under bite and bulging eyes -- has surged in popularity in recent years. But the very traits that make them lovable are causing the dogs to suffer chronic health problems. The British Kennel Club has revised its standards for the breed. But American enthusiasts, at least for now, have no such plans. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Handlers in the ring with a Bulldog duri
Handlers in the ring with a Bulldog during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden. February 13, 2012. The English bulldog, with its squat, face, enormous under bite and bulging eyes -- has surged in popularity in recent years. But the very traits that make them lovable are causing the dogs to suffer chronic health problems. The British Kennel Club has revised its standards for the breed. But American enthusiasts, at least for now, have no such plans. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Bichon Frises line up to be judged durin
Bichon Frises line up to be judged during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden. February 13, 2012. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Harry, the Briard gets groomed in the s
Harry, the Briard gets groomed in the staging area during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden. February 13, 2012. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Clara, a Chinese Crested in the staging
Clara, a Chinese Crested in the staging area during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden. February 13, 2012. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Maltese in the staging area during th
A Maltese in the staging area during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden. February 13, 2012. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Simon, the Chihuahua, in the staging ar
Simon, the Chihuahua, in the staging area during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden. February 13, 2012. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Libby, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, gets groo
Libby, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, gets groomed in the staging area during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden. February 13, 2012. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Bearded Collie in the staging area dur
A Bearded Collie in the staging area dur
A Bearded Collie in the staging area during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden. February 13, 2012. (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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