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The Westminster Kennel Club extravaganza is officially over as of a few hours ago, but the link below to our friends at New York’s Gray Lady is worth a look. There is more coverage of Mr. William H. Cosby’s dog, Hobergays Fineus Fogg, other contenders and their human entourages. I found most of the story amusing, but this particular photo more than a little distressing (a Shih Tzu named Faith):

It’s Showtime at Westminster  Ruby Washington/The New York Times 


February 14th, 2007
1:37 am
Yours Truly has just returned from a pawnumbing outing to the park (we are in the early stages of our first winter storm here in New York City). But I was warmed to find this article on one terrier’s achievement at the ongoing Westminster Kennel Club show at Madison Square Garden (his owner, a legend in the human sphere, must be delighted). If my owner departs for the evening, I might watch the Best in Show competition, though I have never been too enthusiastic about this sort of thing (if I were to be recruited for any sort of dog show, gentle Lab though I am, I would resist mightily). Obviously, I must be the exception, judging by the sheer number of entries –some dogs can’t seem to get enough attention (witness proud little Hobergays Fineus Fogg to our immediate right).  A portion of the article follows:   

Cosby’s show dog wears terrier crown


February 13, 2007

Erinn Cosby called her famous dad, then ran onto the green carpet at Madison Square Garden for more pressing business: Kissing one lucky dog smack on the mouth.     

Co-owned by Bill Cosby, a 6-year-old Dandie Dinmont named Harry won the always tough terrier group at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show last night.

Harry entered the No. 1 dog show in America as the country’s top dog. But favorites often fall at this event, perhaps the reason the comedian stayed away.

Cosby originally was going to miss the show. After the win, however, plans may have changed.

“I just called him,” his daughter said. “And I’m not saying anything about where he’ll be tomorrow. ”

Of the 2,628 entries at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, little Harry was the only Dandie Dinmont. So he merely needed to take a leisurely stroll to win best of breed yesterday.

“It’s kind of a luxurious feeling,” star handler Bill McFadden said. “The breed judging can be the hardest part.

“He loves to show. He walked in there, heard the crowd and it was like, ‘Oh, I’m here,’ ” he said.

Harry is royalty in the show world, having won 57 events last year, and fittingly is named for Prince Harry. He’s playful and a bit of a mischief maker - much like his namesake.

Westminster is a champions-only show for purebreds, with 165 breeds and varieties.

A top poodle bred in Japan won the toy group, a standard poodle took the nonsporting category and a female Akita won the working group.

The sporting, hounding and herding winners will be picked tonight, before the silver bowl for best in show is presented.

An English springer spaniel that won the recent AKC/Eukanuba event and a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen were among the other main contenders.

A sellout crowd of nearly 20,000 was expected both nights. People were packed three-deep around the velvet ropes to see Harry.

It took Judge Betty-Anne Stenmark only two minutes to point to the winner’s stand.



Ch Hobergays Fineus Fogg Ch Hobergays Fineus Fogg (AP Photo)  (Feb 12, 2007)



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Westminster 2007: Skinny on grooming Westminster 2007: Skinny on grooming ( Lauren Johnston)



February 13th, 2007
9:06 pm

Our friends at The New York Times offer extensive reflections on the genetic future of my kind this Sunday.  Apparently, Puggles, Labradoodles, Maltipoos and Bagels are on the way.  In fact, they are already among us judging by my own recent encounters at the dog run (and one particularly harrowing showdown with the so-called Silky-Yorkie mix (a/k/a the “Sickie”). 

Being a Labrador myself and happy in my generous skin, I find all this talk of new breeds quite disconcerting –if only, because I worry about what ills might befall the even-tempered Lab who finds himself/herself sharing a body with the neurotic and vanity-prone poodle.  

This may or may not lead to more intelligent dogs but I can see a considerably more troubled world ahead.  Here’s a glimpse of that future (these two look harmless enough; but who knows what torment lurks within):

Puggle — Pug + Beagle
Jeff Riedel for The New York Times
Labradoodle — Labrador + Poodle
Jeff Riedel for The New York Times


February 5th, 2007
3:45 pm