Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Daily Beast - Westminster Dog Show 2012 - February

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Highlights from the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden.

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Handlers in the ring with a Bulldog during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden. February 13, 2012. The English bulldog, with its squat, face, enormous under bite and bulging eyes -- has surged in popularity in recent years. But the very traits that make them lovable are causing the dogs to suffer chronic health problems. The British Kennel Club has revised its standards for the breed. But American enthusiasts, at least for now, have no such plans. 

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Dalmatians stand in the ring with handlers during competition at the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York's Madison Square Garden, February 13, 2012.  

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A handler in a pair of Ugg boots and a Standard Poodle  in the staging area during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club  Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden. February 13, 2012. 

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Handler Michael Pitts runs with Dalmatian Gabriel's Lost Art during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York's Madison Square Garden February 13, 2012.

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Grand Champion Oakhurst Crusin' in Chrome, an Australian Shepard, poses backstage at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show after winning best of opposite sex on February 13, 2012 in New York City.  The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show first held in 1877, is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the U.S., second only to the Kentucky Derby.

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Jazzy, a Beagle from Texas, is hugged by her groomer's niece, Kate Eichelberger, backstage at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 13, 2012 in New York City.  The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show first held in 1877, is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the U.S., second only to the Kentucky Derby. 

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A pair of Beagles on the grooming table during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club  Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden. February 13, 2012. 

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A Briard waits in the staging area during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club  Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden. February 13, 2012.

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Libby, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, gets groomed  in the staging area during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club  Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden. February 13, 2012. 

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Clara, a Chinese Crested  in the staging area during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club  Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden. February 13, 2012. 

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Harry, the  Briard gets groomed in the staging area during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club  Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden. February 13, 2012. 

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Keith Paladino of Lodi, N.J., second from left, works with a 15 inch Beagle as they line up in the ring for competition at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, in New York.

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Phil, a Bichons Frises, waits for competition at the136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, in New York.

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Dottie, a maltese owned by Beverly Quilliam and Wayne Baker of West Chester, Pa., is groomed by Luke Ehricht of Toledo, Ohio at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, in New York.

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A Standard Poodle waits in the staging area during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club  Annual Dog Show held at Madison Square Garden. February 13, 2012. 

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Caleb, a Bulldog from New York City, cools off next to a fan as he waits next to the ring for his competition at the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York's Madison Square Garden, February 13, 2012.  

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Ibizan Hounds are shown the ring at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, in New York. 

The Daily Beast - February 13, 2012

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A gentoo penguin pulls the strap of a visitors camera during a walk on a road covered with snow as visitors watch at the Asahiyama Zoo in Asahikawa, Japan's northern island of Hokkaido on February 3, 2012. Penguins take a stroll everyday to exercise before visitors during the winter season. 

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