If, like me, you put your dog on a pedestal, if you think he's the greatest thing since seedless grapes or no-iron cotton, then you might be planning on going to the Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York City (again) this year. The show starts on Monday, February 13th and culminates with Best in Show the following evening, appropriately, on Valentine's Day.
All day long, both days, there are dogs to admire in the benching area, and, as important, people to answer your questions. I always ask the most pertinent ones - does this breed like to sleep in bed with you? Do they snore? When they shed, does the hair fall to the ground or stay airborne? Do you know of any dogs of this breed who are working as service dogs?
You might not ask the last question. You might not ask any of mine. You probably have your own. Are beagles good with kids? How difficult is it to train a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog? How much would it cost me to get a good Lab puppy? Is this breed good with cats? How should I introduce my new Westie to my old Westie? How much grooming does a Bouvier need? Do Whippets get cold in the winter?
Your dog might never compete in a dog show. And if he does, he may never win Best in Show. But if you get answers to your important questions, you may already be a winner. Westminster is the place to ask them. I hope to see you there.