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13 Things I Learned At The Westminster Dog Show

Release the hounds.

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This week I attended the Westminster Dog Show, America's #1 purebreed dog competition.

I knew nothing about this event prior to attending, other than the fact that I really like petting dogs. Here's what I learned:
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I knew nothing about this event prior to attending, other than the fact that I really like petting dogs. Here's what I learned:

1. Dog breeders use the word "bitch" alot.

Without malice, without irony. They're just talking about dogs.
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Without malice, without irony. They're just talking about dogs.

2. Patty Hearst's dog and President Obama's dog's cousin were both finalists.

The Illuminati has its hands in EVERYTHING.
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The Illuminati has its hands in EVERYTHING.

3. Dog Handlers have very peculiar fashion customs.

Two piece dress-suits, with rhinestones and knee-length skirts. Flats. Kind of like a Kansas City bank cashier in 1983 look. Sexy. I dig it.
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Two piece dress-suits, with rhinestones and knee-length skirts. Flats. Kind of like a Kansas City bank cashier in 1983 look. Sexy. I dig it.

4. Champion dogs have bizarre names, such as:

To be fair, no one refers to the dogs by these "kennel names". By their very nature, "kennel names" need to be that weird so they can be registered in a international directory without any repeats.
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To be fair, no one refers to the dogs by these "kennel names". By their very nature, "kennel names" need to be that weird so they can be registered in a international directory without any repeats.

5. Some people don't feel weird about grabbing a dog's junk.

These people have a career waiting in the world of professional dog judging.
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These people have a career waiting in the world of professional dog judging.

6. If you replaced all the dogs with humans, it would be the most horrifying event ever.

Like a Miss America pageant crossed with Triumph of the Will.

7. There's a Hungarian dog called a Komondor that looks like the three-way lovechild of an albino Rasta, a janitor's mop, and some shredded documents.

You may have seen a photo of it on the cover to Beck's album Odelay
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You may have seen a photo of it on the cover to Beck's album Odelay

8. And a whole bunch of other dog breeds I've never heard of.

Clumber Spaniel? Viszla? Bedlington Terrier? When were these invented?
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Clumber Spaniel? Viszla? Bedlington Terrier?

When were these invented?

9. The greatest skills of champion dogs seem to be having perfect hair and the ability to not freak out in a stressful situation.

There are valuable skills for humans too.
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There are valuable skills for humans too.

10. Even the best-trained Bull Terriers in the country still scare the hell out of me.

No offense to them or their owners... they just look like shark-dogs.
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No offense to them or their owners... they just look like shark-dogs.

11. It's possible to have hundreds of dogs in one room and not hear a single bark.

12. It's apparently OK to pick up little dogs by their tails?

I guess a "professional dog handler" would know what they're doing.
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I guess a "professional dog handler" would know what they're doing.

13. Thousands of people will applaud for a dog walking around in a circle.

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