Want To Compete At Westminster?

It’s not cheap!

http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/17/pf/cost-of-a-dog-westiminster/

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79 Responses to “Want To Compete At Westminster?”

  1. B.Stover
    8:48 am on February 20th, 2015

    I’m glad that I don’t want to compete!

    Good morning all.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    9:02 am on February 20th, 2015

    Good grief, gals!
    Finally, Friday! (maybe)

  3. O'Howlers
    9:21 am on February 20th, 2015

    Well, Mom can save the upfront cost of buying the perfect dog. She already has us us us!
    Does Westminster include racing through snow, hauling a musher around? If so, we’re in!!!

  4. Tupper's Mama
    9:56 am on February 20th, 2015

    Good gawd.
    All that money when we can see 3 Best In Show doggies without ever leaving home.

  5. BearSpiritDog
    10:06 am on February 20th, 2015

    Look it’s Uncle Scrooge McDuck.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEmjiCoZ6e4

  6. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:08 am on February 20th, 2015

    Well, I doubt that the breeders recoup the expenses thru stud fees or puppies, so it must be the prestige that they are after.

    Good morning all. Still bitter cold her, but getting better. 30* tomorrow.

    Barb is on her way out to spend her gift card. We need some sort of spring flowers or something to visually warm things up around here.

  7. Wose-the small and meek
    10:16 am on February 20th, 2015

    Greetings!

    It is not a fit day out for man or beast here in my neck of the woods!

    It was amazing to see pictures on the news yesterday of the frozen Niagara Falls. On the bright side, the Falls have seen an uptick of 67% in tourism because of this.

    Forgive my ignorance, but if it costs between $50,000 and $100,000 dollars to enter a dog in Westminster, what the F does the owner of the dog get if their dog wins????

    Time to get out of my pj’s, shower, and wash my hair. BBL.

    Good Friday to all!

  8. Tupper's Mama
    10:22 am on February 20th, 2015
  9. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:29 am on February 20th, 2015

    Cost!…Well, this explains why some of the Owner/Handler’s wardrobe is so shabby…heh!heh!

  10. BearSpiritDog
    10:46 am on February 20th, 2015

    Thanks for that, Tupper’s Mama.
    We can all do with a little Touch of Magic right about now.

    Wose posed an interesting question…What do the Top 4 Winners in the Westminster receive?

    Rio: One Wonders whatever were they thinking.

  11. B.Stover
    10:46 am on February 20th, 2015

    Just looked at the pictures BooBear sent. They are all great but my favorite is the one that says, “Let’s just skip the bowl and put the foot directly in my mouth.” I love that dog.

  12. Tupper's Mama
    10:57 am on February 20th, 2015

    To those who wonder what the Westminster winner gets – nothing but the big, ostentatious ribbon and bragging rights.
    No money prizes.
    Big shows are a rich person’s game, which is why you see so many celebrity owners.
    Of course there are small independent breeders who show without doing the whole show campaign thing. Our own Zoe showed one of her wonderful dogs at Westminster, and did quite well in the breed class.

  13. BearSpiritDog
    11:22 am on February 20th, 2015

    Tupper’s Mama: Which Newf had the Bragging Rights?

  14. Tupper and Gilly
    11:25 am on February 20th, 2015

    We believe it was Bess. Hard to remember since every one of her dogs was so beautiful.

  15. Diane C.
    12:03 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Good Morning and warm wishes to those of you in the cold parts of the country (I saw photos of giant icicles hanging off buildings in MA in today’s paper).
    If you think of the dogshow thing as a hobby rather than a business, no–it still doesn’t make much sense–you could buy serious art instead…
    That said–it’s always good to see a picture of Scrooge McDuck (used to love his money bin as a child).
    I’m off to spread wisdom and knowledge in class–later, y’all…

  16. c.hobbit
    12:14 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Good day all.

    Well my brand new furnace a little over a week old stopped working yesterday morning but by the time I figured it out, it was after hours. The company I used has no emergency number to call. Even though it is after 8 am here, I get voice mail when I call the work number. I seem to recall that their crew only works 10 hour days M-Th. Heh.

    My house retains heat well so even though I think the furnace stopped working in the morning, it is 62 inside (21 outside). Good thing Sadie and cat have fur coats.

  17. B.Stover
    12:21 pm on February 20th, 2015

    C.Hobbit: Do you have any space heaters?

  18. O'Howlers
    12:43 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Hobbit! They have to have an emergency number. What kind of furnace is it? If it’s oil, call your oil company.

  19. Tupper and Gilly
    12:43 pm on February 20th, 2015

    yeep – furnace problems all over this cold, bitter winter.

    Hobbit – sounds like a good reason to curl up with a quilt and a good book – except tha it is FRIDAY!! Do they work on weekends? Doubtful.

  20. c.hobbit
    12:58 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Evidently the furnace I ordered is from Canada. One of the panels has imprinted written instructions–all in French. Heh.

    I got brave and found the reset button and hit it. Furnace is in process of firing up. The reset button is black in amongst other black buttons and dials. It would have helped if it had been red as I am sadly familiar with red reset buttons from my years up north.

  21. c.hobbit
    1:02 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Still having “hot-to-us” weather up here…it is to be almost 40 today and tomorrow and 45 on Sunday. It is to rain Sat, Sun and Mon. Phooey.

    I felt silly wearing a coat yesterday but it feels awkward without it. However, some people are breaking out the shorts and sandals.

    Fairbanks is to range from +21 to +35 next week.

  22. dawson
    1:22 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Those Westminster bragging rights do not come cheap.

    Whew!
    CHobbit: I’m glad you found the reset button. I did not want Canada to get a bad rap regarding your furnace. Still, I agree the reset button should be red and the instructions should be in English!

    Rio: Sarah Canary. This book has me feeling a sense of impending violence and death. I need a Miss Julia book to lighten up the pressure in my chest.

    It snowed yesterday, then rained, then snowed more overnight. It is a mess out there and supposed to go above freezing,/b> off and on, this week and next week. Not good.

  23. dawson
    1:23 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Oops!

  24. Masquers
    1:27 pm on February 20th, 2015

    CHobbiti and Dawson: We all know a few folks on the east coast who are ready and willing to share.

  25. BearSpiritDog
    1:30 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Dawson: You’re in Big Trouble with the Pug now.

    C.Hobbit: You’ll be Toasty Warm in no time at all.
    Thank Dog for Reset Buttons!

  26. Masquers
    1:34 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Yes to reset buttons even if they are not red and cannot be read.

  27. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:40 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Dawson!…Can you describe where you are in the book without giving away anything???…snort!…Impending death!…yeeep!

  28. Martha
    1:52 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Dog Kennels that run deficits do good things for tax returns. However, the Kennel needs to show a profit some years or else the IRS gets suspicious.

  29. dawson
    2:13 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Rio: Harold and Sarah are in a crappy hotel.

    BearSpiritDog: Wait! Why am I in Big Trouble?

  30. ALR
    2:37 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Dawson, in times of pressure in one’s chest there two options….a strengthening cocktail and/or a visit with Miss Julia! Of course your health provider may say take an aspirin right off and call for help!

  31. Siber's Mom
    2:54 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Rob Cooke and his Sibers are less than an hour away from the finish line in Fairbanks.

    The weathermen lately have been giving us temperatures in Alaska because they are so much warmer than what some of you are experiencing.

  32. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    3:02 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Wose, That wasn’t the price of entrance. That was what the average cost would have been by the time they compete at a major dog show. In 2006 the Bull Terrier who won had been competing for 3 years, and they figure it cost $700,000 by that point. (I just read that). That is why some of the dogs are owned by LLCs or Corporations. They are figuring the cost of having the dog professionally groomed, boarded and handled, after the original puppy cost. Some times the announcer will say owned by…and handled by…. Or if they say bred, owned and shown by…then you know it is just one person showing one dog. Did you notice Carlos Puig showed several dogs at Westminister? You will always see that handler at the big shows.

  33. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    3:06 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Oh, yeah, and I forgot the cost of entry into a show-some of these dogs have been shown 100-150 times before they get their championship and get an invite to Westminister.

  34. O'Howlers
    3:18 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Rob Cooke just crossed the Finish Line!!!! AWOOOO!

  35. Diane C.
    3:46 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Go Rob Cooke’s Team (also Rob Cooke)!
    I get to go home (and we’re supposed to get RAIN tomorrow!

  36. Wose-the small and meek
    3:50 pm on February 20th, 2015

    B,M,&L, I wish I had $700,000. I could do a lot of good with that money.

    Dawson, Is it the Ashtray Inn that Grizz and I stayed in when we went to the Iditarod? I can’t believe that our Alaska trip was 2 years ago!

  37. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:11 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Dawson!…Wow! You are speeding through the book…snort!…Me and my friend always read every word, so it takes us some time to finish a novel…grunt!

  38. BearSpiritDog
    4:12 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Dawson: I thought that’s what YOU meant when you said Oops.

  39. BearSpiritDog
    4:14 pm on February 20th, 2015

    AaaahRooooo for Rob Cooke and his Team!!!

  40. dawson
    4:30 pm on February 20th, 2015

    BSD: I said oops! because I forgot to shut off the bold type.

    Rio: When I read scary (to me) or upsetting books, I cannot bear to have the dark thoughts running around in my brain for weeks. For example, when I read Peter Abraham’s The Tutor I stayed up all night to finish it because the suspense was killing me.

  41. dawson
    4:33 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Also, this will give me a day off from working in the basement.

  42. Herd of Hounds
    4:48 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Aroo, aroo LLabroodrroodoooooo

  43. Herd of Hounds
    4:49 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Or something like that!

  44. Masquers
    4:53 pm on February 20th, 2015

    I know none of youse wants to hear this, but the lawn is being mowed as we speak.

    Rose: You and the Prof (now known as Grizz) were the (non-musher) Plunderer Iditarod pioneers from the lower 48. Only one other, and she a native Alaskan, had gone before you.
    Something to be proud of…I know we are are…proud of you.

  45. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    5:19 pm on February 20th, 2015

    And then the beautiful Wozengrizz sled!

  46. c.hobbit
    5:27 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Yes Wose and Grizz paved the way (or broke trail) to Alaska. Their adventures of changed and delayed flights and the ashtray hotel did not deter others from heading to Alaska. I hope the early adventurers return someday.

    Furnace people coming within the hour. The house is warm now but one of the error codes that I had recorded for them indicate a problem.

  47. Masquers
    5:45 pm on February 20th, 2015

    C.Hobbiti: Good to hear those elusive furnace guys are on the way…otherwise it could have been a long, cold weekend.
    How were you finally able to get in touch with them?

  48. Herd of Hounds
    6:02 pm on February 20th, 2015

    The weather doogs here are getting us ready for AK
    Ya crack us up!

  49. O'Howlers
    6:15 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Sibe Smiles! Rob Cooke approaching the Finish Line.

  50. Siber's Mom
    6:40 pm on February 20th, 2015

    The Sibers look happy. Love the neon green booties.

  51. Masquers
    6:59 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Rob Cooke…the Red Lantern, yes?

  52. Masquers
    7:01 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Siber?

  53. Masquers
    7:02 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Siber’s Mom

  54. Wose-the small and meek
    7:19 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Nothing like a Siber smile.

    My dearest Masquers, you are too kind.

    Our Alaska trip almost did not happen. I remember Grizz not wanting to go, and me doing my best to sell him on the idea. I told him that Rebecca and AJ were kind enough to offer a spare bedroom for us. Grizz still did not want to go. Then I told him I was going by myself. Well, that did not go over well at all. I guess Grizz thought if I went by myself and stayed at Snowhook, with people that I had never met, that AJ would chop me up and feed me to the dogs. Silly man!

    I think I finally wore him down by telling him that the trip could serve as both my birthday and anniversary present. We brought home such wonderful memories. I am so glad for youse that have gone and will go to Alaska for the Iditarod!

    Aaaarrrrrooooo!

  55. Wose-the small and meek
    7:21 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Hobbit, Brrrr, I hope that furnace gets fixed ASAP!

  56. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:30 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Rose!…You are a Power-House of Stubbornness!….WOOOOOO!

  57. Wose-the small and meek
    7:32 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Today is National Love Your Pet Day! Who knew?

    Since I do not have a pet of my own, I am sending big love, scritches, and tummies to all my four-legged friends on this here blog!

    http://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-love-your-pet-day-february-20/

  58. Wose-the small and meek
    7:33 pm on February 20th, 2015

    RIO! I think I learned from the best…you!

  59. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:39 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Rose!….snorkel!

  60. Siber's Mom
    7:50 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Masquers, Yes, Rob Cooke got the red lantern.

  61. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:58 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Yukon!…Quest is finally over??…snort!….On wards to the Iditarod!….snort!snort!….I can’t even imagine how busy our good friends are at Snowhook these days…guffle!…Maybe Luna will update us on the activities…or Bellie Button from atop Ole Doc…heh!heh!

  62. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:12 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Golinka!…I would like to know why I was not in that Butter Fly movie…snort!

  63. Tupper and Gilly
    8:54 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Rio – that butterfly movie was from our first visit to the butterfly place. You came for the second visit – the one where we had all the Plunder family gathered around.
    And remember, you are not allowed back after what some of your pugly emanations to those poor flutterbys.

  64. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:59 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Tupper!…Surely those butterflies have forgotten all about that or either died off by now…grunt!…I’m sure I would be allowed back, I am completely sure of it…snort!

  65. Staff
    9:31 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Neon green, neon pink and blue. Quite a colorful paw full of booties.

    I was gone when Wose asked about reading the book Rio and I told her not to read. I am glad Rio got back to her in time.

    It was wonderful seeing the butterfly place again! The Storyteller fit right in with his yellow tee shirt. Ahhhh, fond memories.

  66. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:50 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Staff!…I can’t believe she wants so badly to read that book…grunt!…Doesn’t she know she will be huddled in a cave for about a year after reading it?…sniff!

    Dawson!…She is having a heavy chest reading about Sarah Canary. Now this is a light-hearted book full of adventure compared to the likes of what Rose wants to read…gurgle!

  67. dawson
    9:51 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Rio: This Sarah Canary book…it’s going to end badly isn’t it?
    I’m about to go read for a bit before bed.

  68. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    9:51 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Rio, I also was there with you and the butterflies. The butterflies think you are a problem, smell-wise. Flutter, flutter away (quickly).

  69. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:57 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Dawson!…End badly for who? whom?…snort!…It ends how it ends…sniff!…I will say this, it ends with Chin and a Butterfly…sniffle!

  70. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:59 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Nuff said, Rio. You are 100% correcto.

    T & G, That was a great butterfly video. What wonderful memories that brings back, and some very sad ones, too. Thank you for posting it.

  71. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:11 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Books!…I am reading Alexander McCall Smith, he is my Miss Julia, before I start another JFK novel…heh!heh!…She is such a great writer and she teaches classes….Ooooh..oooohh!…To be in one of her classes would be divine, or very humiliating. I’m not sure which…sniff!

  72. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:29 pm on February 20th, 2015

    JFK!…heh!heh!….I really meant KJF…yip!yip!

  73. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:31 pm on February 20th, 2015

    MollysMaw!…I think that was just an illusion..butterflies always flutter away no matter who you are and I seriously doubt they can smell stuff…heh!heh!

  74. dawson
    10:40 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Rio: You or your friend should do it!
    She does tell a riveting story, yeep!

  75. Tupper's Mama
    10:52 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Rio – butterflies don’t ALWAYS flutter by

  76. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:18 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Dawson!…Riveting!…Yes! What a word!…snort!

  77. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:22 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Riveting!..Completely engrossing; compelling….snort! ….This is the definition of KJF’s writing…yeeep!

  78. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    11:31 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Heat wave here-it’s all the way up to 19*.

    Saying good night all, and g’day to Liz.

  79. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:44 pm on February 20th, 2015

    Barb!…We here have lived in 20 degree temps and lower all winter long so far it seems…snort!…Had a little break for a few days and now back to waiting for a big storm to move in and dump up to 14 inches of snow over the weekend…grummp!…But still we thank our lucky stars we do not have 100 inches like Boston…gulp!

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