Must Watch - TV For Dog People
Did you know that the second longest running sporting event in the united states is a dog show? The storied Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show as been held since 1877 – only the Kentucky Derby outdates it, and by just one year. The 2018 show- the 142nd annual- takes place Monday February 12th and Tuesday February 13th, with Best in Show going down on the Tuesday evening.
When to watch from Home
Tuning in from home? Set you DVRs to record – daytime competition coverage is expanded this year! Nat Geo Wild is showing select coverage of Breed judging, as well as the Master’s Obedience Championship and Junior Showmanship. The Hounds, Toys, Non Sporting, and Herding Breeds will be televised Monday Afternoon; Sporting, Working, and Terrier Breeds get their turn Tuesday afternoon, Monday night the Dog Show Group competitions for Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Breeds take place and will be aired on Fox Sports. And Tuesday night will see group competitions for sporting, Working and Terrier Breeds broadcast live on Fox Sports, wrapping up with the main event of the evening, Best in Show!
Travel Tips For Attendees
IN New York City for the show? The main even – best in Breed and Best in Show, naturally – takes place Tuesday evening at Madison Square Garden. But for behind-the-scenes activity the benching area during the daytime at the Piers, where the Best in Breed judging does down. Westminster’s benching are for the dogs are prepped for their turn in the ring. Amazingly, the area is open to the public and our very favourite part of the show is wandering through taking photos, watching the dogs grooming processes, and saying hi to and petting the dogs and photo ops and gorgeous dogs galore!
For a chance to meet the dogs when they’re off-duty, stay at the dog-friendly Hotel Penn, the preferred hotel for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Situated directly across the street from Madison Square Garden, where Best in Breed and Best in Show take place the historic hotel is host to many of the competitions dogs. Expect to bump in pedigreed competitions in the hotel lobby as well as out front of the hotel. Interest in staying at another hotel? All sizes of dogs are welcome, the pet fee is just $25.00 and provided they are in their travelling kennels. As for location, you’re right in the heart of the dog show action- you couldn’t ask for a more convenient home base!
Meet and Compete
Agility fans attending the show won’t want to miss the Amazon Agility Championship – open to purebred dogs and mixes alike. This, along with the super-fun AKC Meet The Breeds event. Find the place down at The Piers on Saturday, February 10th. See you soon.
Excerpt from Modern Dog