I have three words for you if you can’t think of a good reason to visit NYC in February: Westminster Dog Show.
Yes, you can see it well, and certainly closer up, on TV, but there is just something about being at Madison Square Garden, gazing down upon that sea of green, yellow and purple.
And can you think of a better crowd? 20,000 dog-lovers and icy cold draft beer – pretty much a perfect evening.
We attended this year because 2015 was the Westminster debut for a breed that’s near and dear to our hearts: the Coton de Tulear. We think Soho would have taken top dog if she had been there, but Ch Moi-Toi’s Burberry Justincredible was an acceptable proxy.
We passed on the daytime judging at The Piers, but attended both evening events and we were there to see “Miss P” the 15″ beagle in all her glory. Yes, she definitely had that ineffable dash of moxie that it takes to be Westminster royalty. When it came to the final moment, all of Madison Square Garden crackled with excitement as the judge drolly played up the suspense. Would it be the Standard Poodle? The Portugese Water Dog? The crowd roared with approval as Miss P took the honors.
But did you hear what happened next? A group of the canine competitors traveling home from Westminster temporarily vanished! Was it a doggie Rapture? A canine kidnapping caper? No – just a Delta Airlines snafu. Several owners aboard a Delta flight from New York’s JFK airport bound for Seattle realized just prior to take-off that their darling dogs had not been loaded into the cargo hold. (I would have thought Westminster dogs travel first class, but apparently not so.) Several hours later, the pups turned up, but as yet Delta has no explanation for their un-whereabouts other than that the dog-goned dogs “remained in Delta’s constant care” for the duration.
All’s well that ends well, I suppose. We know all dogs go to heaven, but I’m just glad this group made it to Seattle.
In closing, I have just one teeny tiny bone to pick with Westminster: in 139 years, a Golden Retriever has never been named Best in Show. Seriously? I’m keeping my fingers crossed for 2016…