Westminster Dog Show 2012
Malachy the Pekingese is just like Glove Romney—only better groomed. He's the presumptive preferred to win the 136th Westminster Run Team Dog Display today, but this is why we carry contests. Because you just never know.
During the starting nights Westminster, Malachy (who has 114 Best in Display channels but has never won here) was known as best in the Toy team, the most very competitive classification at Westminster, and the activities publication at Wynn Las Nevada prefers his possibilities this night time.
Other team victors from yesterday involve the In in german shepherd Leader Crisis in the Herding group; Cinders, a Wire-Haired Dachshund, in the Chase group; and Highlights Ruffian, a attractive Dalmatian, in Non-Sporting. (And for those who like cheering underdogs, no Dachshund or Dalmatian has ever been known as Best in Display at Westminster.)
But there are more competitors to come today, such as pets from the Wearing, Operating and Terrier categories. And it's all major up to Best in Display at the end of the night time, when assess Cindy Vogels will figure out who will be Many Dog for 2012.
So take up your pet and let's check out all the measures.
Very Hot Dogs: For those who worry Westminster drawback indicators after tonight's rivalry, may I suggest Josh Dean's fantastic new publication, Display Dog, which goes on the planet of very competitive purebreds. Research an clip about the WKC show here, but for those who like their dog testimonies on the kinkier area, Dean has a entertaining item on Deadspin that shows more about the sex daily lifetime of champ show pets than you might have desired to know. Think of it as a shagging dog tale.
The Other Top Dog: While the four sporting categories were competitive at Madison Rectangle Garden yesterday, another dog rivalry was developing in Los Angeles—the first Glowing Receiver Prizes.
In the spirit of the big winner's movie, I'll remain silent about who won in the film category—but his name rhymes with "Uggie."
The Sporting Group: And they're letting the dogs out....
Brittany: First up tonight is a brown-and-white Brittany named Cam, who hails from Arkansas. he's got a great smile.
Pointer: Known for that rigid pose, the Pointer is the symbol of the Westminster Kennel Club. Presumably, Josh, our entry tonight won't pull an MIA at the Super Bowl and point with the wrong digit.
German Short-Haired Pointer: Considered the SUD—the Sport Utility Dog—this canine can do it all when it comes to hunting. This breed also won Best in Show in 2005.
German Wire-Haired Pointer: And we have our first good beard of the evening with Oakley, who has spent a little time in Brazil lately. Perhaps looking for his own canine Gisele?
Chesapeake Bay Retriever: As the name implies, this breed loves the water—and the Chessie might be the greatest water dog of them all. This one has a lot of spring in his step tonight. He seems to have brought his Bay Game.
Curly-Coated Retriever: Uh oh—Bramble is a little too fired up tonight. He is climbing all over his handler. Bad form at a dog show. But his enthusiasm is appreciated by the crowd.
Flat-Coated Retriever: Another jumper. this retriever can't stay on the ground—great vertical, too. And he's an old-timer—nine years old.
Golden Retriever: Well who doesn't love a Golden Retriever? I'll tell you who—the judges at Westminster. A Golden has never won Best in Show. Can Shock pull off a shocker?
Labrador Retriever: Another beloved dog—a black Lab. For 20 years, the Labrador Retriever has been the most popular dog with the American Kennel Club. And this is a very cute one.
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever: Do ducks really need to pay a toll? This fellow has a lot of spirit as well. Boy, the dogs came out pumped up tonight.
English Setter: Well Dazzle is dazzling. What a beautiful greyish dog. I like her chances for being a finalist in this group. And she's having a great season so far.
Gordon Setter: This black-and-tan beauty looks a little zaftig to me—but it could just be a thick coat.
Irish Setter: Another American favorite. It looked like they were blindfolding this dog, but the handler was just pulling Emily's ear over her face to show off her elegant neck. But you knew that.
Irish Red and White Setter: Gilbey comes from Wheeler, Wisconsin, and his handler says, "Alright, handsome, let's go!" Way to fire up the dog, coach. But he looks a little distracted as he makes his turn.
American Water Spaniel: I'm not sure why a Water Spaniel is named Digger—where exactly is he going to dig?—but this one is lively and the crowd is digging him.
Boykin Spaniel: We have another jumper in this guy, which is a new breed for the WKC show. So far, none of the six new breeds for 2012 have won their respective groups.
Clumber Spanlel: Here's what you need to know about this breed—it has webbed feet. Oh, like you're perfect?
Black Cocker Spaniel: A very popular breed, with Kim Kardashian-like hair extensions, this dog was not expected to win his breed. But here he is.
ASCOB Cocker Spaniel: ASCOB stands for Any Solid Color Other (Than) Black. And this one is a beauty.
Parti-Color Spaniel: Parti People in the house! This black-and-white Spaniel, Stanley, really worked the crowd. But his hair seemed a little long for a real hunting dog.
English Cocker Spaniel: A beautiful dog with a coat like a silver-back gorilla.
English Springer Spaniel: Another crowd favorite and classic hunting dog, this breed has won Best in Show six times. I think it will make the finals of this group.
Field Spaniel: An dog of a certain age, Darcy is a seven-year-old but she still has plenty of spring in her step.
Irish Water Spaniel: Picture a chocolate-colored Labradoodle with a tail like a rat—that's what this breed is. That rat tail freaks me out a little...
Sussex Spaniel: This breed last won Westminster in 2009, with the adorable Stump. I don't see a repeat here.
Welsh Springer Spaniel: Closely related to the English Springer, this breed is a little smaller. But I like the English version better. That's me.
Spinone Italiano: This dog absolutely has the best beard of the entire show! And evidently it looks good wet. Just sayin'...
Weimaraner: One of my favorite dog breeds—mainly because of the photographer William Wegman—the Weimaraner is actually a great hunting dog. And this one has a beautiful punim.
Wire-Haired Pointing Griffon: As I pointed out last night, this dog is pronounced Grif-FON not Griffin. A little twee if you ask me...
And that's the end of the Sporting Group. Who will take it?
To the Left: Show Dog author Josh Dean tweets: "Show dogs always run on a handler's left, the side facing the judge. To make them run on the right feels wrong to them."
Sporting Group Finalists: Labrador Retriever, English Setter, Irish Setter, English Springer Spaniel, and the Wire-Hired Pointing Griffon...
Who will it be?
Best in Sporting Group: And Emily, the Irish Setter, wins the group!
And she's a working mom—with fifteen children.
Coming up next: It's 8:45 in New York and up next is the Working Group, then the Terriers. And in case you're wondering what the winner gets to do tomorrow, he or she will dine and Sardi's and then spend some quality time with Donald Trump.
Second prize is not having to meet Donald Trump.
Best in Show before Best in Show: Because I can't get enough of Christopher Guest's mockumentary, here's another clip from Best in Show.