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Banana Joe Affenpinscher at Westminster Kennel Club 2013

Best in Show

Banana Joe

I’m not much of romancer and I don’t usually get my tail in a twist for Valentine’s Day. But I’m making an exception this year for Banana Joe, that handsome affenpinscher who just won Best in Show at Westminster Dog Show. What a dreamboat! He’s rich and he’s retired and he’s only 4! 

I don’t pay attention to the dog show circuit too much, but even mutts like me like to tune in once a year to the catch all the doggie stars arrive in New York City for the Westminster Dog Show. I love seeing dogs of all shapes and sizes strut out of their carriers and make their way into the Pennsylvania Hotel. 

I especially like all the behind the scenes footage of the dogs getting done up on the grooming tables. It’s mesmerizing watching all the pooches getting their nails clipped and their fur curled, trimmed, straightened and fluffed.

Recently I fell in a slushy puddle and when we got home my mom dried my fur with the hair dryer. It was positively decadent. But truthfully, I’m not sure I have what it takes to be a show dog. You have to jump through some serious hoops just to be accepted into Westminster.

In addition to being one of 185 eligible breeds, each dog must be registered with the American Kennel Club and must meet showing standards and breed conformation. And in 1992, the regulations began restricting applicants to those dogs who had already won their breed championship at a previous show.

Who am I kidding? I don’t have the time. I got balls to chase and conservation paths to explore. Plus this weekly column to write. Not to mention my very busy and active social life.

It is exciting though. Watching all those gussied up pups strut their stuff in the show ring. Maybe I should get some friends together and we can create a dog show for the rest of us. Only mutts allowed.
We can get our hair and nails done and show Nantucket what we’re made of. And we can add new categories like “most original.” I bet I’d walk away with the Miss Congeniality sash. I’d even have a real chance to be Best in Show. Maybe I’d finally catch the eye of Mr. Banana Joe.

Hey, a girl can dream.

Happy Valentine’s Day!