I love the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, it's a great break from sports and Hollywood tv specials. And from the awful news we hear each day.
Last night the first 4 groups went off and the winners were: Beagle, Shih Tzu, Poodle, and English Sheep Dog. Tonight the final 3 groups will get a winner and all group winners vie for best in show. Of course it wouldn't be Westminster if a poodle wasn't one of the group winners, judges always always go for a poodle and I've never understood this. Poodles with actual fur can be cute and engaging but the way they're groomed for shows is just embarrassing. If judging is based on how accurately a dog fits its standard for whatever it is supposed to do in life, the poodle certainly does not fit any of that, what with the big poofy fur surrounded by bald areas.
Anyway. Tonight the first group will be the sporting dogs which includes the Golden Retriever, a breed which is hugely popular with dog fans but has never won at Westminster. The Labrador Retriever, another very well liked breed has also never won at Westminster. If you watch tonight, this group will be up first and the applause for these dogs will be very loud. But judges just do not seem to be impressed with them.
Dog judges always seem to lean toward the tiny dogs or the froo froo/exotic big dogs. If a Golden ever wins Westminster the applause will be deafening and may ever be so loud the Madison Square Garden roof may fall in.
Last year a Fox Terrier won, but I still watch with hope a Golden or Labrador will pull off a win.