Today, my human, Girl Twin and her friend left me at home with "the boys" to attend the Meet the Breeds event at the Javits convention center in NYC. I was a little miffed about the "non-exhibitor dogs forbidden" rule, but I got over it pretty quickly when they returned with lots of goodies for me! From what they told me, it was a huge hit so hopefully it'll become an annual event. Yesterday and today, there were 160 dog breed booths, 41 cat breeds booths, lots of vendors and demonstration rings (obedience, agility, service dogs, acting, performing cats, pet care, etc.). Too bad I wasn't small enough to sneak in inside my human's handbag; just look at all the cool sights & pups they got to see!
In this ring, they were demonstrating the Canine Good Citizen test with this goofy-looking dog. That beagle must be on steroids!
Some of the breed booths and costumes were amazing! Check these out:
This Gordon Setter exhibitor was in a full kilt.
And here's Toto the Cairn Terrier with his friends from Oz!
This Cavalier King Charles Spaniel exhibitor had an English tea table to go with her Victorian finery, and two Cavs tucked into a proper English pram (and yes, they were fast asleep!)
I've never even heard of a Black Russian Terrier, but their booth was one of the flashiest ones there (my human said they kinda look like Giant Schnauzers).
The (barkless) Basenji folks had erected an African hut and were decked out in the local fashions.
And my human said the Mastiff people went all Medieval on their...booth! I didn't get the joke but she says movie buffs would.
The Saluki group had constructed something out of 1001 Arabian Nights...
...including one of their dogs! Doesn't she look like a Bedouin princess?!
The Rhodesian Ridgeback booth also had an African theme.
The Shih Tzu folks had Chinese lanterns and a dragon (buddies of yours, Sasha?)
Speaking of buddies, Girl Twin took her friend to visit the booths of all my blogging buddies' breeds! Brutus, this is for you.
NY Bully Brats, do you guys know this handsome devil?
This sweet girl made me think of all my Golden friends: Sammie, Mason Dixie, Sierra Rose, Lexi, Thor, and my new pal Miley.
Girl Twin and her friend had to visit the Siberian Husky booth twice! The exhibitors was so happy when she told them about Khyra's mom's rescue work. She also told them about my buddies the OP Pack, Army of Four and Kira the Beawootiful.
Jasper, this kitty was gorgeous but I like your deeper orange shade better!
My human was smitten by this breed, the Tibetan Spaniel. She loved their sweet expression and temperament, luxurious coat and compact size. Hmmmm...maybe a future sibling for me??
Check out this ancient Aztec breed's name! Try saying that three times fast after sampling the toliet bowl at the Pup Club!!
Speaking of Twix (and Lorenza and Beckett), my human and the girls were flabbergasted (that's gobsmacked for you Brits, Jasper!) that there was no dachshund booth! Nor was there a Rat Terrier booth, Bijou & Banjo! What a bummer! And the worst omission? No Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Booth!!! What's up with that?! The Xolodilaldufiljaalimcoeuqnxeruas were there, but no Tollers??!! Once I finish this post, I'm gonna paw a letter to the national club and tell them they better get someone over there next year...heck, I'll do it myself if I have to!!
On a happier note, Girl Twin had entered an art contest for Meet the Breeds, featuring moi! She didn't win a prize, but her work was featured along with lots of others and it was a nice surprise to see it there. Didn't she do a nice job?
She and her friend got lots of nice freebies and they even picked up some stuff for me! Six tennis balls for a buck, a multipack of compressed rawhide chews for a buck, and a great squirrel stuffy for $3 that they've seen in stores for $18! So I'm a happy camper. And so are they...my human and Girl Twin are already talking about going again next year. If any of your humans decide to go, they should do a blogging-buddy meet-up!