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Westminster Warm-Ups

Snow storm notwithstanding, I arrived in New York yesterday afternoon as the New York Metropolitan Specialties were wrapping up. While New York escaped the full fury of winter storm Nemo, Boston recorded some of the highest snow levels ever. I suspect that had nothing to do with the 40 percent absentee rate at the Boston Terrier Club of New York’s Saturday specialty at the Hotel Pennsylvania. Apart from the Boston Terriers, absentees at the other seven specialties were what we would normally expect.

The storm was a topic of discussion at the Westminster Kennel Club’s reception at Piers 92 & 94, but most of the discussion was on how beautiful and spacious the venue was. I believe exhibitors and spectators will love the venue. I did get to have a brief conversation with Best In Show judge Michael Dougherty, who found all the conjecture about his eventual choices amusing. “I have no idea which seven dogs I will see. I’ll make my choice(s) after I see them.”

I am going to spend today in the company of judge Tim Catterson and 144 Yorkshire Terriers at the Yorkshire Terrier Club of America’s specialty at the New Yorker Hotel. Check back with me for updates.


One of the advantages of showing Toy Dogs is the choice of venues. The Hotel New Yorker’s Grand Ballroom hearkens back to New York’s Gilded Age, lending an early 20th century glamor to the event. Judge Catterson moved methodically through his 52 class dogs before naming his Winners Dog, Psyche’s Casanova Complex, bred and owned by Lisa Bridgewater.  the best of his 62 bitches was Oz’s Showgirl, bred and owned by Loreta Seragini and handled by Carl Stark.

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Best of Breed, 2013 Yorkshire Terrier Club of America

I spent most of my day with Show Chair Carl Yochum as he mentored two new judges in the breed.  By the end of the day I had a better appreciation of why judge Catterson chose GCH CH Trio’s Big Shot as his Best of Breed, the nine year old veteran bitch, GCH CH Psyche’s Piper’s Tune as his Best of Oppsoite Sex, and Oz’s Showgirl as his Best of Winners.  In the end the beautiful Best In Specialty line up proved that you can have coat, color, and conformation all in one dog when you have dedicated breeders and owners.  It was a pretty wonderful dog show day.

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Billy Wheeler has been attending dog shows as a spectator and exhibitor for over 40 years. Billy is the man behind the popular Dog Show Poop. He is a retired management consultant who has advised multiple organizations affiliated with the AKC and the Cat Fanciers Association on business management, long range planning, customer service, and legislative matters. After 25 years of living in the big cities of New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, he now resides in his hometown of Memphis TN with his wife, Brenda, her Toy Poodle and his Cairn, Scottie, & IG. When he is not blogging, Billy can be found in the kitchen cooking, and listening to opera.