It was supposed to be the year the Westminster Kennel Club dog show made a triumphant return to Madison Square Garden. Unfortunately, the coronavirus epidemic got in the way – again.
But while the setting and timing remain bizarre, the new Best in Show winner will be crowned on Wednesday, ending the race as the defending champion of the Wasabi The Pekingese, who seems to be enjoying his retirement – even if he refuses to play.
Originally scheduled for late January in New York City, the annual competition has been moved to June due to a surge in coronavirus cases. And for the second consecutive year, it will be held at the Gothic Revival mansion Lindhurst in Tarrytown, NY, rather than the garden.
Dogs, so far, do not bother.
How to watch the action tonight
The New York Times will be hosting a live broadcast of Wednesday’s group finals, along with commentary, analysis and photos from Lindhurst.
The television broadcast in the United States will be on FS1, with the premiering beginning at 7 pm Eastern. In Canada, the event will be on Sportsnet One.
At 7:30 pm, three undecided groups – Sports, Working and Terrier – will begin judging in the final – those champions will compete against four group winners from Tuesday for Best in Show. Things are expected to conclude around 11 p.m.
The event can be streamed on Fox Now and Fox Sports apps. The Spanish-language version of the broadcast will air on Fox Deportes at 6pm on Thursday.
It is hard to draw a sharp contrast from the typical winter activities of a dog show than a Yorkshire Terrier coat shining in grass, bright colors and natural light.
Neil Brower has no tie with a beautiful Scottish terrier on it: it’s a tie with photos His Scotty, Wispa.
This is not trick photography or mirror. Elliott and Emmett, a pair of Beacons fries, both manicured by Lindsay Dickon.
Dogs are in Tarrytown for work, but try to explain it to Tucker, a Redbone Coonhound who wants to show some love to Cody Wright.
It is currently unknown where the other 99 Dalmatians are.
Stealth, the toy Manchester Terrier and Daniel, a standard puppy, are clearly not confusing.
The amount of grooming for Westminster is intense. Managers, owners and dogs all want to look good.
We descended to the countless 98 Dalmatians.
You have no idea who can do the treat, and this chow chow is not ready to sit back and wait to find out.
One wonders if Westminster’s dogs have any idea what’s going on during an intense multi-day competition. Quinn, Chow Chow, clearly knows the score.
Freddie, an old English sheepdog, pulled out his wiggles by showing little affection to his handler, Mandy Maxwell.
A group of Afghan hounds plunged into the outdoor setting, providing Lindhurst with natural light to make their coats shine.
The storm doesn’t look as comfortable as the Afghan hounds, but the greyhounds don’t have to worry about other dogs.
Dog-related accessories are in full swing in Tarrytown. While substandard earrings are a nice touch, the perfect complement to dog-embroidered jeans are clearly dog-covered clogs.
The family took to the scene with Ferdinand and the Venus Fly Trap, a pair of Ibizan hounds, Lucia, the Pharaoh Hound. The three were accompanied by their owner, Sarah Murphy.
This is a photo of a dog. Specifically, this is a photo of Buddy, Briard, Monday.
This dog necklace works with shiny dresses, but does it work with dog-embroidered pants?
If there is no catchy name for a group of smoothies, there should be. Tito, Wawa, Damnit and Cindy Lou deserve one.
It is difficult to be more king than a bourgeois group in formation.
And it’s hard to be more adorable than American Foxhound.
It is not easy to look as good as Iris. It needs some attention, and Olivia Betancourt is happy to provide it.