New York has gone to the dogs! Well, just until tonight when the Westminster Kennel Club dog show concludes.
This past weekend, Clancy and I volunteered to help introduce Keeshonden to hundreds, maybe thousands, of people who went to the “AKC Meet and Compete” event at Pier 92 in New York City.. Oh what a fun event for animal lovers! It is part of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show festivities leading up to what many would consider to be the most highly regarded dog show in the country. Each AKC recognized dog breed has a booth where the public can “Meet the Breed” and ask questions to the knowledgeable volunteers that are passionate about the dogs (and cats… yes all the cat breeds were there!) they love.
As Keeshond owners likely know, you can’t make it far in public with your Kees without being stopped by people in awe. “What kind of dog iiiis that?!?” (Us Kees lovers don’t mind at all… we can never get tired of talking about how awesome our dogs are!) It began for Clancy and I about 3 blocks from the piers in Manhattan.
We finally made it to the Keeshond Meet The Breed booth to help give other volunteers and their dogs a break from the adoring public. So so so many people were there, despite a recent snowstorm in the city! The AKC must have done a great job marketing the event.
The Keeshond booth was quite popular with people 3 rows deep crowded around to see what is likely the fluffiest dog breed there is. Many commented on the the Keesie “smile” and were charmed by their sweet, social temperament. Clancy also was happy to do some tricks to demonstrate the intelligence and love for treats the Kees inhibit. Video of Clancy doing some tricks at Meet the Breed booth (<–Please pardon the poor jumpy videography!)
Though we had little time to talk to each other, it was great being with other Keeshond lovers behind the booth. If you have a good representative of a pure-bred dog that loves people and is conditioned for a crowded high-energy crazy environment, I highly recommend reaching out to your breed’s parent club and asking if you can take part in a Meet the Breed event. It is rewarding to educate so many about the wonderful (and not so wonderful) qualities of the breed that captured your heart so those considering getting a dog, may make an informed decision on what breed is right for them.
We spent much of the day at our booth, and unfortunately, the weather was really crumby the next day, so Clancy and I didn’t get to do much in New York City this time.
He was really exhausted after the day’s activities anyway. We do look forward to returning next year to do it again and hopefully have some fun together in the city.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to stay to watch the big show… The Westminster Kennel Club dog show was on Monday and Tuesday. However, Clancy did “make an appearance” on TV during the first night of the televised show. Here’s a clip of his tweet confusing the host: https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FClancyFluffyDogTricks%2Fvideos%2F1028682120569142%2F&show_text=0&width=560” target=”_blank”>Video of Clancy “the fluffy Boxer” tweet aired on Westminster
Have fun watching Westminster and cheering on your favorite breed! Also, be sure to let the champion of your heart know how much he/she is loved today! Happy Valentine’s Day!