Yesterday was truly a day for the dogs as they were paraded and celebrated at the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Madison Square Garden opened its doors for a night of canine luxury and pageantry and the competition was rough, only the best of the best get to this high level of competition and Miss P, a 4-year-old beagle extraordinaire, took down all comers, this bouncy fellow beat more than 2,700 competitors in the American competition.
P’s royal bearing didn’t prevent her from totally humiliating all members of the species Canis lupus familiaris that dared enter the stage to challenge her for Best in Show. Other competitors included a Skye terrier, a standard poodle, an English springer spaniel and a shih tzu owned by former kidnapping victim and pardoned bank robber Patty Hearst. “She is a princess,” handler Will Alexander told the Associated Press, “She never let me down and she didn’t make any mistakes.” When P’s name was announced as winner at MSG the crowd gasped and there’s a reason for that, it seams beagles, like the Philadelphia Eagles, are rarely in the spotlight. In fact the first and last time a beagle took Westminster was in 2008, when Uno, P’s great-uncle, stormed the competition, breaking the breed’s losing streak that began in 1907. There’s no prize money for winning Westminster. Instead, there’s prestige forever in dog circles, plus the possibility of lucrative breeding rights.
Nearly 200 dog breeds and varieties from 15 countries and all U.S. states except North Dakota and Idaho competed in the two-day event at New York’s Piers 92 and 94 and Madison Square Garden.
Lydia Frey from Virginia and her Bedlington Terrier Let Them Eat Cake celebrate winning first place in the Junior Showmanship competition at the show.
Cagney the Briard takes five after a heavy grooming session.
A woman rushes her West Highland Terrier to a grooming station ahead of its turn in the parade ring.
A wire haired Jack Russell Terrier waits in the benching area at Pier 92 and 94 in New York City.
Like it just stepped out of the salon… A komondor’s dreadlocks fly as it takes to the parade ring.
A long-haired, foot-tall Skye terrier, called Charlie, was runner-up.
Please let me win… A Sussex spaniel in the parade ring.
A pair of Wirehaired Vizslas wait to head home after not making it through to the grand final.
Justine Romano grooms her two Cotons de Tulear, Chanel, right, and Burberry.
A bow-tied Maltese waits on the first day of competition.
Lori Logli plays with her toy poodle, Manny, in the benching area.
A Bichon Frise dog (who has been rudely interrupted) with his groomer is prepared for the show.
Ace, a Basset Hound from Lithuania, wears a hood as he waits to strut his stuff.
The look of love as two beagles meet during the show.
Jim Grieco, a cameraman for the USA Network, films happy-go-lucky Bloodhound Nathan.
A Bichon Frise is walked in the ring during competition.
Jean Gauvhat-Hargis, of Sacramento, grooms an incredibly happy looking keeshond called Cubit.
Skeeter, a Miniature Pinscher, is kept warm by his owners while waiting for a shuttle at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
A Boston terrier named Mango.