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Love Is in the ‘Square’

Madison Square Garden, that is.

During these last few days, I had the pleasure of spending my work days (and nights) at the wonderful Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Not only did I see some of the most beautiful dogs, I experienced love in a number of different ways. From emotional ring happenings to reconnecting with several friends, I think it’s safe to say that I was not the only one bitten by the love bug!

Most definitely, dogs can make you melt. This year at the Garden, I noticed two dogs in particular that made the whole arena go gaga!

First, here’s a view of the West Highland White Terrier ‘Justin,’ GCh. Deerhaven Hez Justin Kredible At Orion…

Justin preparing for his individual exam in the Terrier Group.

Secondly, just take a look at the Otterhound GCh. Aberdeen’s Under The Influence. This guy just fed off the attention he received at the Garden. You can even see how he’s looking at the crowd, and didn’t mind the cheering at all!I honestly was not expecting the crowd to go nuts over this dog, but they just loved him! And he didn’t seem to mind it either. That face definitely makes you feel the love!

The Otterhound in the Hound Group loving the cheers from the crowd!

Everyone has their favorites, but for me these two showstoppers really stood out.

And I’ll just bet that miss Savannah Livingston was feeling a lot of love in New York as she was chosen the 2013 Westminster Kennel Club Best Junior Handler! Congrats to Savannah of Flint, Michigan, and her Black Cocker Spaniel ‘Allie’ on this memorable win! We also hope to hear more from Savannah, so keep an eye out for a DFR interview with her in the near future.

2013 Best Junior Handler at Westminster, Savannah Livingston, making one final go around the ring.

Today is a day to celebrate love, so be sure to cuddle up with your two- and four-legged friends. It’ll make you smile and give you a reason to spread a little love in our own personal way. Here’s my poetic Valentine’s Day gift to DFR readers:

Ridgebacks are Red, Kerrys are Blue, show dogs are sweet and so are you too!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of my DFR readers, and don’t forget…

Dogs Freakin’ Rule!

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Kayla Bertagnolli is a 23-year-old from Ogden, UT, who's been involved in the dog show world her whole life. A former junior handler who learned about breeding Beagles from her mother Leah, she assisted several professional handlers and is currently working to become a Junior Showmanship judge. Kayla is passionate about photography and writes the twice-weekly blog, DFR. She plans to continue breeding and showing, and expects to stay involved in dogs "for life!"
  • Lynda Beam (Canine Candids by Lynda) February 14, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    right dog, wrong name, the otterhound is DUI, GCH Aberdeen’s Under The Influence. HP36017901. 07-31-2009. Breeders, Andy & Jack & Jason McIlwaine. By CH Aberdeen’s Arthur & CH Aberdeen’s Queen Of Everything. Dog. Jack & Andy McIlwaine & Jason McIlwaine, he is shown here with Jason McIlwane

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    Norma Braun February 14, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    The name of the otter hound in the picture is incorrect. This is Aberdeens “DUI”. Can’t remember registered name right now

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