There are a couple of things I realized at Westminster this week that I’d like to share. And no, no photos today. I’m exhausted. New York City ROCKS, but it’s also tiring. And energizing. Okay, so maybe one photo. Or two. But that’s it.
Are we good? So here’s what I realized at Westminster:
- The show dogs are still just dogs. Y’all, I think this was the biggest shock for me, and it shouldn’t have been. I’ve met dogs at agility trials and in people’s homes and at expos. They’re all just dogs. But this is WESTMINSTER! They’re the best dogs, right? They’re still just dogs. In the hotel, being groomed, wherever, I was allowed to walk up and pet these gorgeous creatures. It was AMAZING. Dogs don’t get swelled heads the way people do.
- The handlers and groomers and owners are dog people, just like you and I. With our quirks and personality differences, underneath it all, we’re still dog people. And so are they. They love to talk about their dogs, about the breeds. They love having their dogs gushed over and adored. It wasn’t awkward at all.
I was total fan girl this week. A HUGE thank you to Jones Natural Chews for sending me to the biggest event in a dog lover’s life! If you ever have the opportunity to go, do it. And I’ll tell you a little secret –
Westminster isn’t difficult to get into. We booked flight, hotel and tickets to the Piers and Madison Square Garden just two weeks before the event. The woman I sat next to on Tuesday night got her tickets the week before. Start saving now. Get your tickets. Use Hotwire or Expedia to book travel and hotel. Stay at the Hotel Pennsylvania. It’s not much as a hotel room goes, but it’s across the street and that’s where all the dogs stay.
So, will I see you there next year? If you decide to go, let me know! The more the merrier! And until then, give your dog a Jones Natural Chew. It’ll make ’em smile. Naturally.
Until I write again …