1 It was cold and windy, but I always try to attend the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show if I am in town. Here I am with Frederick Ford, Director of Sustainability at Green Shipping Line.
2 The show starts early in the morning. Dogs and their owners arrive with their crates, and lots of grooming equipment. This standard poodle is also wearing a blanket and leggings to protect its coat.
3 The show is held at two locations. Breed competitions during the day are held here at Piers 92 and 94 in New York City. At night, competition is moved to the more famous arena at Madison Square Garden.
4 Franchies are always eager to say hello.
5 It's hard to resist the face of a French Bulldog. This affectionate and playful breed is best known for its wrinkly face and bat-like ears.
6 The French Bulldogs were scheduled to show first in Ring-2. The number after the time above means there were 48-Frenchies competing in the class - that's a lot of Frenchies!
7 The dogs do not compete against each other, but against the standard of the breed - the dog's ideal description for appearance, movement and temperament.
8 This handler "stacks" her dog for the judge - she lures him into the best position for the judge to evaluate his appearance.
9 We also walked around to see some of the other dogs preparing for their ring competitions. This is a Bearded Collie.
10 Here is a Miniature Pinscher - a sturdy, compact dog with a big dog personality.
11 This is a Papillon. The name means "butterfly" in French. The Papillon is considered a toy breed.
12 Another member of the Toy Group is this Yorkshire Terrier. Affectionately known as "Yorkies", these dogs are energetic, curious, and require a lot of grooming to look their best.
13 Yorkies were originally used in the 19th century to catch rats in clothing mills. Later, they became companion animals of European high society.
14 Jude and Truman loved seeing the Bulldog. It is among the most popular of dog breeds because of its lovable and gentle disposition - and those adorable wrinkles.
15 Owners stay with their dogs in the benching area, so visitors can meet the different breeds. This dog is very accustomed to children.
16 Here is a junior and her Bloodhound. Exhibitors between the ages of nine and 18 can compete in Junior Showmanship. Juniors are judged solely on their handling skills and not on the traits of the dog.
17 I am quite fond of the Keeshond - I once had one of my own. This is a medium-sized sturdy breed that is smart and eager to learn.
18 This Pekingese looks so comfortable on the grooming table. The Pekingese is a small, intelligent and good natured dog. Named after the ancient city of Peking, now called Beijing, this breed was once held sacred in China and only owned by royalty.
19 These Pembroke Welsh Corgis are also being groomed for their breed competition. Several hours are dedicated to making them look just right.
20 This is a rough-coat Collie. Collies were originally bred to assist the shepherd in the care and protection of the flock. These dogs are gentle, smart, and very loyal.
21 The German Shepherd Dog was originally bred as a sheep herder, but it is one of the most versatile of breeds - able to perform well as a service dog or police dog, and excel in obedience, agility, and tracking.
22 This is the Xoloitzcuintli - pronounced SHOW-LOW-ETZ-QUEENT-LEE. It is also known as the Mexican Hairless. It comes in three sizes - toy, miniature and standard. The breed is one of the world's oldest and rarest breeds, and is said to be the first dog of the Americas.
23 Of course, I had to stop and see the Chow Chow competition - very few Chows competed this year.
24 Here is red, rough-coat Chow. Chow Chows can have rough or smooth coats in red, black, blue, cinnamon or cream. They are compact, and deep-chested - very aristocratic in appearance.
25 Here is a black Chow Chow. It reminded me of my black Chows, Max and Zuzu - they were so beautiful.
26 This Chow is showing the breed's distinctive blue-black tongue.
27 Chows are independent, and naturally well-behaved, but require early socialization and training.