7 Westminster week moments not to miss | thepupdiary.com

4 Feb

This year the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show combines with the Masters Agility Championship to bring more than three thousand dogs to compete in New York City on February 8, 10 and 11. Spectators from around the world come to meet the breeds, tour the city, and party with pups when the city goes to the dogs!

Pawty time!

Pawty time!

WELCOME TO NYC EVENT: Hosted by Puccini and Leslie Riddle, this dog-friendly Welcome to NYC event on Thursday, February 6 will raise money for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. The $25 entrance fee will get you food, drinks, and lots of fun. Enjoy a fashion show and bid on great silent auction items! Held from 7 to 10 pm at Honda of Manhattan, 627 11th Avenue.

NEW YORK PET FASHION SHOW: The Hotel Pennsylvania once again plays host to the New York Pet Fashion Show on Friday, February 7 from 6 to 11 pm. Over 1,000 people and pups will gather in the ballroom for fashion shows, vendors, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, goody bags, award ceremonies and more! Well-behaved pups are welcome to attend. Tickets are $40 in advance ($50 at the door if available) and proceeds will benefit the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

DOGGIES AND TIARAS: The 2nd annual Doggies and Tiaras pageant will be held on Saturday, February 8 from 2 to 6 pm at Tette Club, 154 Post Avenue. Come to see 20 canines compete in glamour, active-wear, and talent. One lucky pup will be crowned king or queen for the year! Advance tickets are $30 and proceeds benefit Inky Blue Sea Rescue. Yes, pups are welcome to attend.

CELEBRITY CATWALK: Many of the events and activities during Westminster benefit animal rescues and charities. Come to Celebrity Catwalk’s brunch event on Sunday, February 9 from 11 am to 1 pm at SPOT, 145 West 20th Street. Meet other dog lovers while you enjoy tasty treats and drinks. Advance tickets are $45. Well-behaved pups are welcome to attend.

THE ART: Bonhams will host their annual Barkfest charity brunch on Sunday, February 9 from 10 am to noon benefiting the AKC Humane Fund. Advance tickets are $50. Bring your pooch and come to mingle with other art and dog lovers while you view beautiful items that will be featured in The Dogs in Show & Field fine art sale on February 12. William Secord Gallery will host a reception to celebrate the opening of John Emms on Saturday, February 8 from 2 to 6 pm.

THE SPECIALTY SHOWS AND AGILITY: There are several specialty dog shows that take place the weekend before Westminster. The Yorkies take over the Crowne Plaza Times Square with vendors, a dog show, and a fashion show. Many other breeds will be at the Hotel Pennsylvania and other area hotels. The Masters Agility Championship takes place Saturday, February 8 from 11 am to 10 pm at Pier 94 in New York City.

THE BENCHING AREA: See the competing dogs up close and personal in the benching area behind the scenes. All Westminster Dog Show attendees are welcome to tour the area and watch grooming, dog walking, and vendors. Meet dog groomers and handlers. Arrive early because this area gets very crowded. Leave your own pup at home for this.

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