2011 WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2011 began a year ago for most dogs, owners, handlers and judges! If you are staying home, see TV schedules below.
February 7, 2011 | TheDogPress
Dogs are taught to stand on tippy-toe while strangers examine
them from teeth to tail and all parts in between. Coats, especially the
terrier’s, are groomed and prepared for months in order to be at peak
condition. Now, this Valentine’s Day, the top AKC champions and young
hopefuls are coming together, primed, primped and polished for the big
event in Madison Square Garden.
Westminster judges have their
week-long wardrobe packed and so do the exhibitors. And a long week it
will be, packed with parties, dining and dancing, and scoping out the
competition. Dog people come to see and be seen, to hug people they may
only see once a year, to gossip, to share hopes and dreams, and to
become totally immersed in what was once the most famous show in
America. Now there are other shows, many of them televised, but the
magic and tradition that is found at Grand Central Station and “The
Garden” is very special indeed.
The food is outrageous but New York cuisine is
some of the best in the
world. Lodging is equally outrageous but hotels such as the
landmark New York Hotel Pennsylvania, offers special rates and custom
conveniences that insure dog people return year after year. The hotel’s
7th avenue and 33rd street location is right across from the Garden’s
The SCJA Dinner Dance benefits the
Judges Educational Foundation. Make your way to the top floor ballroom for drinks (cash bar) dining (fabulous buffet) and
dancing! You might even see the Colonel do his famous tango. If you
haven’t reserved, you’ll have to get a ticket at the door but they
will fit you in.
Shopping at “The Garden” is exciting if you don’t mind being jostled out
of line just as you reach for that bejeweled collar. New Yorkers are
impatient and often impolite but visitors soon learn to compete for
great buys and standing room. After all, the dog show fancy is all about
competition. The Westminster Dog Show lures shoppers from New Jersey to
New Zealand so allow time to browse the booths! The American Kennel Club
has several booths, selling dog jewelry and giving away free
The WKC Benching Area Is Bedlam!
From hours before the first ring call until the last tack box has been
safely loaded, the aisles are a beehive of activity. If you are
visiting, remember it is the dogs
and the people who bring them that
make your trip so exciting so make way for them! Don’t touch the
white poodle or the Neo unless you ask. Most handlers will say “not now”
and continue to wriggle through to the ring, the exercise pens, or the
grooming table. Owners will be either dozing or reading (a sure sign
they don’t want to talk) or they will be only too happy to tell you how
wonderful their breed is and show you puppy pictures. Take your business
cards and be prepared to save at least a hundred from old friends,
strangers, dog handlers, and if you’re with a big club, judges.
If you spot empty seats in the stands right above the breed you want to
watch, okay, you can probably get away with sitting there for a few
minutes. You are unlikely to get a seat on the main floor and unless you
have a dog in
that ring, please DO NOT try to save the seat an hour
ahead of time. Courtesy and consideration are not lost arts, even in the
hustle and bustle of Westminster.
TV Broadcast Schedule: USA network:
Monday 8:00 P.M. EST (7 Central) and then at 9:00 you will have to
switch to CNBC. Yes, that will make it harder to set up your DVR and it
gets more difficult each year. On Tuesday, USA cover the closing night beginning
at 8:00 EST and thankfully, WKC stays on USA network. So grab your favorite bottle of
wine or put the coffee pot on. Assemble your snacks and the phone and
we’ll meet you back here later.
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