Westminster dog show

Old 02-20-2016, 06:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Battle Axe View Post
Did you see the commercials for a car company last night on Cesear 911? Very well done. Two Golden Retrievers go to a restaurant. They come out each carrying a "dogie bag". They are patiently waiting for their car sitting on the front steps of the restaurant. The red SUV pulls up covered in mud. The window rolls down and the cat is driving.

I'm still laughing.
I'm laughing now too! Have not seen that commercial, but love that line of commercials......more and more animals all earring in commercials...wonder what will be next!
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Old 02-20-2016, 06:04 AM
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Most breeds have rescues devoted to that breed, in addition to all breed rescue. One year Boxer Luv Rescue in Arizona took in 700 Boxer in just one year. That was a bad year. I will never understand why people pay hundreds of dollars to backyard breeders, then neglect their animals. Many are just let loose in the desert to defend themselves against coyotes. other predators and feral dogs. Sometimes, I truly hate people. Look for a rescue whenever possible.
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Old 02-20-2016, 06:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Jo Anne B. View Post
Love Labs, Dobie's, Dalmations, I have had all those-wonderful wonderful dogs!! Someday I hope to rescue a Greyhound.
I have had a German Shepherd, shedding was horrible even with regular monthly professional groomings. She had many health issues, she died young of a very aggressive form of Lymphosarcoma. I detected something was wrong late on a Wed. called the vet on Thurs, got her in Fri. morn, she was euthanized on Mon. I will never own another german shepherd-too many sad, difficult memories, just broke my heart... She however was a very loyal, devoted girl!
We too are faithful viewers of the Westminister.

Sad about losing your shepherd, and so quickly from diagnosis to end! I have been told that because some popular breeds have been so " fine tuned" to bring out the so called best quality of that breed, it has weaken the line and more cancers are appearing in these weakened lines...my cousin loves and has had Rotts, but all have passed from cancers....before the newest one, had two sisters...both died of same kind of cancer and at young ages. She changed breeders....this one is healthy and aging beautifully....

there are some horror stories out there about breeders.......
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Old 02-20-2016, 06:33 AM
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I watched the show, too. A friend was supposed to have a dog in it, but I think I missed her dog.
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Old 02-20-2016, 07:37 AM
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At the end of the show it was stated that USA would not be telecasting the show next year. Does anyone know who will? I love watching the show every year and sure hope someone is going to telecast it next year.
If USA doesn't carry it, there's always the Westminster Kennel Club site.

You can poke around this Westminster site and watch 2016 (and prior years) videos of best of breed, individual breed and group judging, agility and obedience competitions. Take care, it's easy to spend hours watching the dogs and handlers. Some of the more popular breeds' judging took an hour.

I love watching the obedience videos and agility dogs; nice to see "All American Dog" included. An entire morning was lost as I wandered through the various categories.


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Old 02-20-2016, 07:44 AM
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Never really got hooked on watching the shows but after reading your input going to give it a try. I am a avid dog lover but never owned while I worked. Now that I am retired I've adopted two rescues. So enjoyed reading your posts.
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I like to see all the breeds too, but I am partial to the poodles. I have had toy poodles since I was 16 & I am now 58. They are super intelligent & easy to train. I bred them for 26 years. All of my dogs were pets, in house never caged, slept with us. We had a bed full, LOL. I groom my own & do the show clip, but I like to also use hair bows & nail polish. At one time I had 8 poodles, all in show clips. The purpose of the show clip is how they used them for hunting many years ago. It was to keep them from getting caught in underwater vegetation during retreiving. Yes poodles were once used for hunting. People assume they are "French", however the country of origin is actually Germany. They are a high maintenance dog, requiring frequent brushing & grooming, as their hair never stops growing. This is why most owners keep them clipped short. The dogs with corded coats (Puli) never or hardly ever get brushed out, as they would look like a giant fur ball! The coat is wiry & wooly. According to info it takes 24 hours, in a drying cage with fans blowing, for the coat to dry. They are super high maintenance. Each breed is unique in it's own way, but the most important thing at the ned of the day is they all make us HAPPY .
I have seen standard poodles, the bigger ones. with CORDED coats. Very Impressive!
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Old 02-20-2016, 07:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
Sad about losing your shepherd, and so quickly from diagnosis to end! I have been told that because some popular breeds have been so " fine tuned" to bring out the so called best quality of that breed, it has weaken the line and more cancers are appearing in these weakened lines...my cousin loves and has had Rotts, but all have passed from cancers....before the newest one, had two sisters...both died of same kind of cancer and at young ages. She changed breeders....this one is healthy and aging beautifully....

there are some horror stories out there about breeders.......
When I got into showing, first there was the bred I loved, basenjis, and then I learned the breeders breed to preserve the breed, not change it. My goal was to breed a dog that could survive if thrown out in the woods, and most of the breeders I knew did the same.
I looked for a dog that required minimal 'primping to show.
He was not on television, nut when I heard who won the breed, I did a little cheer here at home. The guy's story and life long dedication to basenjis are admirable.
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Old 02-20-2016, 08:05 AM
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The overbreeding and unwise breeding is why I have always shied away from pure breeds. Always felt like mongrels have fewer problems.
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I actually love the Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, and bigger dogs like the Mastiff. I have a greyhound/lab mix right now and have owned a Golden Retriever as a kid, who unfortunately died of cancer at the age of 6. It was heartbreaking and if I ever get another Golden I will definitely ask A LOT of questions before purchasing. I have never owned a Mastiff but would love to some day. Love watching anything to do with dogs, dog shows, documentaries, etc. I'm not into hunting but the GSP that won is a beautiful dog.
We lost our beloved English Mastiff last April. She was 7 and the best dog ever. Well, aside from the massive shedding and the drooling. She was soooo good with every child, behaved so well on a leash and was a great dog all around.
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