Valentine Love from the AKC Meet the Breeds Event

This event was interesting but a total mob! If you’ve ever been to a really crowded trade show, you’ll be able to imagine how this went. Each breed club had a booth, and one or more dogs available to meet and greet the public. As you’ll see by the pictures, it was very hands-on. I tried to crop out faces, just in case anyone’s in the CIA, but you’ll see lots of hands reaching in to touch the dogs. And some of them are pretty blurry because the crowd was jostling me as I shot. For some reason, that happened the most with the new breeds that aren’t even being shown yet – they’re still in the Foundation Stock Service, meaning that they need to build up their numbers before full acceptance as an AKC breed. Being in the FSS, however, allows them to keep records similar to a pedigree so a dog can prove its purebred status.

Without further ado: my pictures!

First of all, here's where we are:  Piers 92 and 94 stick out from the west side of Manhattan into the Hudson River.  (Keeping a lookout for Chesley Sullenberger!)
First of all, here’s where we are: Piers 92 and 94 stick out from the west side of Manhattan into the Hudson River. (Keeping a lookout for Chesley Sullenberger!)
Beautiful Husky!  This was smaller than I remembered Huskies being, and the breeder told me to go take a look at the Malamute.  I think I've been confusing the two!
Beautiful Husky! This was smaller than I remembered Huskies being, and the breeder told me to go take a look at the Malamute. I think I’ve been confusing the two!
The aforementioned Malamute.  Now I get it!
The aforementioned Malamute. Now I get it!
Some of the breeders dressed up!
Some of the breeders dressed up!
Look closely  - you'll see the little Xolo in there!  This one is toy sized, but full grown.
Look closely – you’ll see the little Xolo in there! This one is toy sized, but full grown.

Some of the new FSS breeds now - starting with the Biewer Terrier.
Some of the new FSS breeds now – starting with the Biewer Terrier.
Another new FSS breed - the Hovawart.
Another new FSS breed – the Hovawart.

This Bergamasco (new to the Herding Group) did NOT want to stand still for a picture, but at least you can get a sense of her dreadlocks.
This Bergamasco (new to the Herding Group) did NOT want to stand still for a picture, but at least you can get a sense of her dreadlocks.
And now, some of my favorite breeds (although I couldn't even get near the Beagle booth - way too crowded!)  Here's a very sleepy Bloodhound.
And now, some of my favorite breeds (although I couldn’t even get near the Beagle booth – way too crowded!) Here’s a very sleepy Bloodhound.
A Greyhound
A Greyhound
Saint Bernard
Saint Bernard
Johnny Rotten (LOL) the Rottweiler
Johnny Rotten (LOL) the Rottweiler
The flat-coated Vizsla
The flat-coated Vizsla
The Wire-haired Vizsla
The Wire-haired Vizsla
And last, but not least, the Whippet.
And last, but not least, the Whippet.

I’m headed for the agility rings now, but it’s almost time for their dinner break. I’ll try to get the last few rounds posted, then I’ll have the finals and the championship awards this evening – probably by about 9:30 Eastern.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

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