"Four breeds will be at Crufts for the first time: Dogue de Bordeaux, Portuguese Podengo, Bracco Italiano and Spanish Water Dog."
Very swanky names. But what do they look like?
Dogue de Bordeaux:
Spanish Water Dog:
Crufts, if you didn't know, is the world's largest dog show, and starts this Thursday. On that first day, the hounds take centre stage. Go whippets! Of course, it may be a bit too soon for a whippet to take it all again. But you never know.
You can watch all the action throughout the entire four days, live on the Internet, from anywhere in the world on Crufts TV.
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Ribsy enjoyed a good chuckle over this Deadspin 'report' of hilarious behind-the-scenes photos and observations at the Westminster Dog Show. Learn why this particular whippet is terrified. Find out how pooch posture is perfected. And score dog make-up tips you can use!
Ribsy and Mirabel congratulate Ch. Sporting Fields Glory Bound, the top whippet at this year's Westminster dog show. Learn more about Glory Bound in this local article. Apparently she gets filet mignon for her first place finish.
And at this time of year, Ribsy can't help but recall Vivi the whippet, who separated from her crate at JFK Airport in New York, while heading home after the 2006 show. The hope still lives on, and you can download a poster here.
Ribsy presents the best of breed-winning whippet at this year's Westminster Kennel Club show, Ch Sporting Field's Rock On. Unfortunately he failed to win the Hound group. That honour went to a 15 in. beagle instead (did you know there are 13 in. and 15 in. beagles in this world?). Doesn't he look so cool and smug?
According to leading animal psychics in the New York Times today, Vivi the missing whippet showdog is alive and well. She ran away from the circus that is dog shows in order to live a normal life that, for her, means foraging for food, befriending new dogs, and experiencing the thrills and challenges of single motherhood.
Eck! thought Ribsy. He couldn't live without his couches, daily snuggles, and reliable doses of peanut butter, sardines, and provolone cheese. The comforts of living with people far outweigh the freedom and call of the wild, in his humble opinion.
Vivi, you really should consider coming home. Your owners will be returning to the Westminster show for the first time since your disappearance. What a wonderful reunion it would be if you turned up at Madison Square Garden.
So with the Westminster Kennel club show going on right now, the most talked-about dog happens to be - you guessed it - Vivi the missing showdog whippet. Here's the Associated Press story. The Vivi-session will be at its peak tomorrow when the whippets take the ring at 8:30am. Go whippets! The last - and only - whippet to win Best in Show was way back in 1964.