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Show Dog : The Charmed Life and Trying Times of a Near-Perfect Purebred



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A veteran magazine journalist captures the idiosyncratic world of professional dog showing, from the local competitions held in florescent-lit school gymnasiums to the granddaddy of them all, The Westminster Dog Show, as he follows a lovable novice dog through his inaugural year in competition.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Wildwoodp. 1
Hello, Jack, Meet the Worldp. 25
Jack's Mom, Human Varietyp. 33
The Road to a Championship Starts with a Single Pointp. 44
White Plains: Meeting the Menageriep. 53
Heather and Jackp. 64
Fantastically Rich People Do the Darnedest Things: A Brief History of Dog Showsp. 72
Westminster: Welcome to the Big Time, Kidp. 79
How the Hell Does a Wolf Become a Pekingese? A Brief History of Purebredsp. 95
Yorkp. 114
Pardon Me While I Fondle Your Dog's Testicles: Show-Dog Judging Explainedp. 122
Edisonp. 132
And Now a Brief Interlude Featuring the Perez Hilton of Dog Showsp. 145
The Campaign: I'll Take Thirty-four Consecutive Back Covers of Dog News, Pleasep. 153
Meet Ron Scott, Show-Dog Investorp. 160
Harrisonburgp. 169
Like Walking Energy on a Leashp. 174
Welcome, Halle Bp. 182
Stayin' Alive (Often with Great Effort): Breeding Ain't Always Prettyp. 192
Delaware and Beyond: The Slump Beginsp. 205
Oyster Bayp. 212
Freeholdp. 221
Ludwigs Cornerp. 225
Do Dogs Actually Like Dog Shows?p. 230
New Paltzp. 241
Jack and Summerp. 246
Bel Altonp. 249
Bloomsburgp. 257
August: All Is Not Lost (Yet)p. 262
Hey, Puppies!p. 274
Deep into the Heart of Texasp. 278
Bloomsburg (Again)p. 290
Philadelphiap. 305
A Quick Lesson in Poor Sportsmanship: The Battle for (and Insanity over) Number Onep. 314
Go West, Young Jackp. 322
Wildwood: Once More, with Feelingp. 336
Last Stop, Westminsterp. 350
The End. For Now. Maybe?p. 364
Acknowledgmentsp. 371
Appendix: Finally, a Thoroughly Random Collection of Purebred-Dog Marginaliap. 375
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