Westminster Dog Show


If you are a dog lover, you already know that the Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show opens today – 136 years of showing off purebreds.   Although seven categories offer a ribbon for the best in the group of sporting, hound, toy, working, terrier, nonsporting, herding – only one dog will win the coveted “best in show.”

Josh Dean follows purebred Australian shepherd, Jack, in Show Dog: The Charmed Life and Trying Times of a Near-Perfect Purebred, as he competes from Wildwood to Westminster.  The pictures and drawings are the best part of the book, but Dean does offer an insider’s view to dog shows – 11,000 now sanctioned by the American Kennel Club.  As a former “Men’s Journal” editor, Dean uses a reporting style to base the book on his observations.

My favorite – the golden retriever – has never won the coveted award, but I still think they are the best.