They gave the hounds and the herders the once over at the Westminster Dog Show on Sunday. Also the bassets and the beagles, the collies and the corgis. Monday is terrier day, but also showtime for the toy and nonworking groups, the Havanese and the Maltese, the Finnish Spitz and the French Bulldogs.
Each one will be groomed and pampered, allowed a few snacks and even a nap or two, and then poked and prodded by a judge. By Tuesday night, the judges at Madison Square Garden will have culled a field of hundreds to seven. Only one will be named best in show. But until then, take a moment to celebrate them all.
With no firehouses or Disney villains in sight, a group of Dalmatians waits at Pier 94.
A Maltese (we promise there is a dog under there) is groomed ahead of judging.
Participants of the two-legged and four-legged variety line up to prepare for the Westminster Dog Show.