The Westchester Kennel Club remains one of this country’s most venerable dog clubs. Since 1906, its members have celebrated the purebred dog in an Old World style, always keen on preserving the past. Senior Editor Christi McDonald honors the club’s legacy and its previous show site on the Hudson, while highlighting recent changes that have helped it to evolve with the fancy.
When an error message appeared on her camera while shooting at the Santa Barbara Kennel Club, DFR Blogger Kayla Bertagnolli thought her battery had simply died. Unfortunately the problem was not so easily remedied, and she soon found herself in need of a substitute camera. Find out how Kayla turned around a stressful moment to capture some of her favorite dog show images.
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A Girl Without Her Camera
By Kayla Bertagnolli
For the first time since I started shooting pictures professionally, I have encountered a technical difficulty. Let me just say, it was not fun! Of course it couldn’t have happened at a more inconvenient time, and, in that moment, I have never felt more stressed. Thinking back on it, I’m sure any people watchers who noticed me must have thought I looked like a chicken with its head cut off.
So here’s the story: I was taking photos during Groups at Santa Barbara Kennel Club day two. more
The Legacy of the Westchester Kennel Club
By Christi McDonald
On Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, the Westchester Kennel Club will hold its 96th all-breed dog show at the North Branch Park in Bridgewater, N.J.
The first Westchester Kennel Club show was held in 1906 at Gedney Farms, near White Plains, N.Y., on the estate of the club’s president, Howard Willetts. Research shows that there were 583 dogs entered, and the Best in Show winner was Ch. Warren Remedy, the Smooth Fox Terrier bitch bred and owned by Winthrop Rutherfurd that won the first three Best in Show awards at Westminster, in 1907, 1908 and 1909. more