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Scottie was named Best in Show at the 135th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last year

Madison Square Garden
Seventh Avenue to Eighth Avenue between 31st & 33rd Sts.
February 14-15, $30-$162.05, 8:00 am – 11:00 pm

While a bevy of beautiful babes and hunky hotties will be marching up and down catwalks during Fashion Week, a parade of pampered pups will be circling around Madison Square Garden for the 135th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Among this year’s participants are a half dozen new breeds: Boykin Spaniel, Bluetick Coonhound, Redbone Coonhound, Cane Corso, Leonberger, and Icelandic Sheepdog. Because of renovations under way at the Garden, the benching layout will be somewhat different than usual, but that shouldn’t cause too much of a predicament for the champion canines. Among Monday’s section variety groups going before the judges are Toy, Hound, Non-Sporting, and Herding, with Tuesday featuring Terrier, Working, and Sporting. Judge Leonard S. Reppond of San Leandro, California, might have the toughest job of all, responsible for judging Silky Terriers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Miniature Pinschers, Pomeranians, Maltese, and Yorkshire Terriers in Ring Six on Monday. We’re tempted to make some kind of snide comment about how the Garden has been going to the dogs of late, with both the Knicks and the Rangers in the midst of bad slumps, but we decided not to bark up that tree.

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