Hairspray and Hounds: Backstage at the 137th Westminster Dog Show
Who cares about the models getting primped and prepped for Fashion Week? The dogs at the
are being hair-sprayed, brushed, and groomed to within an inch of their cute little lives behind the scenes at Madison Square Garden.
Backstage at the show was like another world, where I witnessed a man gingerly using a hair straightener on a Maltese, and another guy powdering a Bulldog's toes so they looked whiter and brighter. I had to stop by the Bichon Frise (a personal favorite of mine), the very popular (and glamorous) toy poodle, and the Cousin-It styled Pekingese. As a dog lover, I felt like I had died and gone to heaven. A heaven full of awesome award-winning dogs.
The mood was tense, some dogs were obviously feeling the pressure, but others had not a care in the world, and were really interested in playing with onlookers, like normal dogs. I think the Bichon has a great shot at Best in Show, but I'm also extremely biased. May the best dog win! Check out some of the action backstage below.