By Elaine Waldorf Gewirtz It takes some time to learn to pronounce the name of one of the Non-Sporting breeds that will enter Westminster Kennel Club dog show rings for the first time this year. But break Xoloitzcuintli down a few times to “show-low-eats-queen-tlee,” or “show-low” for short, and it’s a snap. This hairless dog… read more
A Book About Us
One of the recent trends in journalism is the practice of “embedded journalists.” Growing out of reality television, it began as serious journalism with the coverage of U.S. military action in Iraq and has evolved into reporting on the current political campaigns for the Republican nomination for President. About two years ago I was approached… read more
The Top Best-In-Show-Winning Hound of All Time
Editor’s note: Determining the top AKC winners in any category is an inexact science. We explain why in a companion article: Biggest BIS Winner Tough To Call. Only one Hound has ever won more than 100 all-breed Best in Shows – the Number 1 dog among all breeds in 1995, CH Tryst of Grandeur, won… read more
January's Top Ten Dogs All Breeds
• Yesterday, I talked with you about how we rank the top dogs in our conformation game and whether the current system really measures the accomplishments of our best dogs. Today I am going to share with you the ranking that everyone is currently using, the Top Ten Dogs All Breeds. The Top Ten Are:… read more
Six Breeds to Debut at Westminster
A dog with thumbs and the ability to tip its head backward until it touches its back, a hairless natural healer from Mexico, and a night-hunting coonhound will make Westminster Kennel Club dog show history on February 13 and 14, 2012. The Norwegian Lundehund, left, and the Xoloitzcuintli. At the club’s 136th annual event, the… read more
Who's Top Dog?
I am a numbers nerd. I spent most of my professional life as a management analyst/consultant pouring over statistical data trying to interpret it. When I began writing the blog, Dog Show Poop, I fell back on my statistical background to support my dog show habit. In maintaining an up to date ranking of the… read more
In Memory of Ric Chashoudian
Richard M. Chashoudian, professional handler, breeder, mentor, judge, writer and sculptor, passed away on Sept. 19, 2011, at the age of 80. Born in 1931, Ric got his first Airedale Terrier when he was just 12 years old. Registered Ric’s Lucky Boy, the Airedale and his young owner earned a CD title in obedience and… read more
Find a Great NYC Restaurant Right Now
Tick Tock Diner: been there, eaten that. Lindy’s: paused there, chowed down that. Madison Square Garden vendors: stood there, inhaled that. Enough already, right? If you’ve been to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show multiple times, you’ve likely been to all of these places more than often enough. There’s a better way. An easy way…. read more
Who Will Take Your Dog?
“Soap actor commits suicide after pup’s ‘forced’ euthanasia” The headline disturbed me on so many levels. First and foremost, every suicide invokes a common guilt for all, the feeling that we, as a society, failed the victim. However, I want to keep this story relative to all of us in the dog world. First, who… read more
Does Momentum Matter?
Momentum is a factor in lots of pursuits in life. An individual baseball player can be on a batting streak or an actor can have a string of box office hits or a dog can have several consecutive weekends of BIS and Group wins. Momentum is especially important going into the media build up before… read more