Staples Represents in the Westminster Dog Show Emma Rojas & Hannah Bolandian

The 2017 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show took place from Saturday, Feb. 11 to Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Piers 92, 94 and Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.

The Empire State Building was lit purple and gold, the colors of the Westminster Kennel Club.

Staples’ very own Marri Carroll, the Director of Student Activities/Purchasing, and her own two Corgi’s were in the show. Carroll handled her male dog, Puck, while Joan Scott, a professional handler, showed her female Corgi, Mimsi.

Carroll has been showing dogs for almost 40 years and was excited to make it this show, “Westminster is the ultimate dog show. The very best of the breed is there. It’s an extremely prestigious show” Carroll said. On Monday Mimsi won the Award of Merit, essentially 3rd place, while her male, Puck, unfortunately didn't place.

Although they did not make it all the way to the end, Carroll believes, “The purpose of the show is to exhibit breeding stock not for money but to better your breed of dog”.

The tradition of the Westminster Dog Show began on May 8, 1877 when the Westminster Kennel Club held its first show. The debut of this show made it the second largest continuously held sporting event in the United States behind the Kentucky Derby.

With categories ranging from Masters of Agility to Junior Showmanship, hundreds of breeds compete for the grand title, Best of Show. This year the title was granted to five year old German Shepherd, Rumor. Rumor was handled by Kent Boyles, and the show went as well as it could for the pair.

Every dog and handler strives for the title of Best of Show, but the reward that comes with it is not what some viewers expect it to be. There is no cash reward or prize for winning the show, but instead the dog gets the title and the handler gets bragging rights. In the long run, the price and value of the dog and its puppies does go up, so some money may be rewarded if the owner chooses to breed the dog.

Rumor competing in the ring.

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