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Nathan is my pick for Best in Show

February 12, 2014 - Linda Lobeck
I do enjoy watching the Westminster Kennel Club’s annual dog show each year and I have my favorites which usually don’t win. But it’s a lot of fun to see these pampered pooches strut their stuff around the ring.

I have a hard time sometimes just being consistent with simple commands with my dogs, so it’s amazing to see the grace and discipline of these dogs as well as the time that the handlers put in to preparing them for shows.

During last night’s best in show event, I was like many people at Madison Square Garden, cheering for the bloodhound named Nathan. I figured he wouldn’t get it, but I was still pulling for him.

He might not be the prettiest dog, but he sure showed a lot of character as he was making his way around the ring. Plus I like to pull for the dog breed that doesn’t always win. I think they need to spread the wealth around and not just give it to the same breeds that have won before.

Nothing against Sky, the little wire fox terrier that took first, but it was her 129th best of show ribbon and she had previously taken the National Dog Show and AKC Eukanuba event already. In addition, it was the 14th time that a wire fox terrier won at Westminster.

Being an owner of my third poodle now, I was also cheering for Ally, the standard poodle, who was the runner-up in the best of show. I’m not a fan of the way they groom these dogs, but I appreciate the intelligence and graceful movement of this breed.

I enjoy watching all the different categories of dogs and I am amazed at the size of the working class dogs, like the St. Bernard, Mastiff and Newfoundland. I’d have to definitely take on a second job just to feed them.

And who can forget the look of the Komondor, which has been a working dog in Hungary. I think that its coat of heavy white cords resemble a mop. I have no idea how that dog can see with that hair. But there is a reason for everything, and as it was explained during the show that the coat helps protect the dog from attack as well as blend in with the herds or flocks it protects.

As to my favorite bloodhound Nathan, he didn’t win Best in Show this year, but there’s always next year.


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Best in Show was a wire fox terrier named Sky.