|Welcome to Westminster!
Today’s Best In Show Daily arrives just as the first day of competition gets under way at Westminster. This year’s show presents additional challenges for handlers and exhibitors as Madison Square Garden is undergoing an extensive renovation. Editor Susan Chaney will introduce you to some of the changes visitors can expect, and she’ll tell you about the Garden’s upgraded food offerings from some NYC chefs and restaurateurs. There’s still time to remember your Valentine and, in DFR, Kayla Bertagnolli reminds us not to forget our four-legged friends tomorrow.…
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Be Prepared: Madison Square Garden Is in Flux
By Susan Chaney
The multi-year $850 million Madison Square Garden remodeling project made significant improvements over the summer of 2011. One big change that this year’s Westminster show attendees will have the opportunity to see is the new open design of the sixth-floor concourse.
Lynn Zinser, who writes about hockey for The New York Times, took a tour when the building reopened in October 2011. He reported in his “Slap Shot” column that the concourse is “50 percent wider and possibly 100 percent brighter than before.” It holds a “new array of concession stands, some with seating.” more
Prelude to Valentine’s Day
By Kayla Bertagnolli
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – I mean, literally, it’s tomorrow – and love is in the air. At this point, everyone’s thoughts have turned to love, not only for that special someone, family and friends, but for our doggies too! This Valentine’s Day let’s make sure to not only pamper our loved ones, but take proper precautions as well.
Did you know that Americans spend some $1 billion on chocolate for this particular holiday alone? Well, believe it or not, it’s true! Not only are chocolates given as V-Day gifts but, so are flowers and, for some, the occasional alcoholic beverage. It’s important to accept these gifts graciously and even more important that we keep them to ourselves! more