There and back again. We made it.
Here is my first attempt at encapsulating our latest NYC Flash Tour where we attended day 2 of the Westminster Kennel Club 135th Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. This brief video is a compilation of pictures and videos we took of the benching area under the main floor of the Garden. It was pure chaos. And fun.
While three groups were judged on Tuesday, we seem to have missed the terrier group back stage completely, but got up close and personal to a few of the excellent breeds and fabulous individual dogs from the working and sporting groups at the show. I found a few new favorites (English Springer Spaniel, Curly Coated Retriever), and my daughters expanded their favorites (Huskies, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers). In person, my youngest even fell for the crated, dreaded, possessed hassock winner of the toy group, although she later recanted.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the effects of listening to Jack London's Call of the Wild on the way down to NYC. I'm quite sure that's what spurred my daughters' affection for the huskies, and it definitely caused my complete delight with the dogs that I think perfectly represent Buck as described in the novel: the Leonberger. It has the coloring of a shepherd and the massive body of a St. Bernard. I can hardly imagine a dog more suited to the water rescue of John Thornton than this gentle giant. Admittedly, I did not see it act aggressively toward other dogs or men, nor did I hear it howl.
In fact, the lack of dog noises throughout not only the benching area, but the entire MSG was immediately noticeable. There didn't seem to be a drop of natural dog behavior left in these show dogs, but as some of them were actually still working, sporting, herding, dogs, that could not be true. They are just impeccably well trained to stand in the spotlight.
Soon, I hope to have a brief judging video, visiting the MSG "it's a sports arena, too?" remarks, and Moments from the Big Show.
I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Next time I'll know which book to use when I'm trying to figure out who's who; It would really help my puparazzo work.
Check out this real photographer's work at the WKC.