After the Kentucky Derby, Westminster is America's second-oldest sporting tradition. The first show was held in 1877, when Rutherford B. Hayes was president, back when the telephone had just been invented and before electric light and power had come to be.
The 2-day event starts today at Madison Square Garden in New York, and even though a dachshund has never won best in show, we will of course be rooting for the dachshunds! The underdog! This is the year!
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Above, meet handsome wire-hair 'Romeo,' his human Janet Schwalbe of Pendergrass, Georgia, and one of his handlers, Gillian Caudill of Watkinsville, Georgia. Romeo will be spending most of this day in a bench showing, where people have an opportunity to "meet the breeds" and see which dogs best handle standing on display for hours. Romeo also will compete for Best of Variety (or the Best of Opposite Sex) and three awards of merit.
Read all about the local Georgians at Online Athens.
Find out more about Westminster at The Westminster Kennel Club.