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Top Dogs: Making it to Westminster Paperback – December 29, 2001

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Welcome to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog show, where looks matter, but where canine charisma also counts. Here, dogs are valued not just for their ability to retrieve, sit, or stay, but for their topline (the silhouette presented by their back) and gait (their movement as they trot in the ring). Westminster is where amateur owner-breeders compete in the show ring alongside paid, professional handlers, and where, in a single moment, somebody's pet can be elevated to international celebrity. In Top Dogs, journalist Deborah Wood chronicles one wacky year of dog shows as competitors plan strategies, stage campaigns, and just plain slug it out for the honor of winning Best in Show at Westminster.

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"Finally, a Westminster book for the rest of us! If you ever wondered what makes the dogs at Westminster so special, read this book. Wood exposes top dogs' daily routines—training, grooming—and points out the exceptional qualities that make judges point and say, 'You're a winner!'" —Steven Biller, Editor, Dog Fancy

From Brush Prairie, Washington, to Madison Square Garden, author Deborah Wood takes readers behind the fur and makeup, the liver bits and hairspray, on a humorous, whirlwind tour of the kooky and caring, exacting and exciting world of dog shows and show dog people. You'll have a front-row seat as dog handlers and their tail-wagging charges vie for Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

"Deborah Wood explains what dog shows are all about. After reading this book, you'll never watch any dog show the same way again." —Steve Dale, Columnist, Tribune Media Services, Host of Pet Central WGN Radio, syndicated Animal Planet Radio, and The Pet News with Steve Dale

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 1 edition (December 29, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076456367X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764563676
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,451,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
Deborah Wood's *Top Dogs* is a great read for anyone who has ever been intrigued by the mystique of Westminster...experienced dog person or interested channel surfer...I came to love the dogs, owners and handlers whose journey to Westminster Wood chronicles, because she deftly captures the soul of each one.
Wood obviously LOVES and knows dogs and respects the tradition of Westminster...but her keen, and often iconoclastic, humor also gives us a knowing and warm wink at the eccentric, passionate world of dog shows.
She's the one you want to go to the Garden with...she's funny, wise and generous.
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By A Customer on March 31, 2002
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Interesting, well-paced examination of the dog show world, spotlighting the best-known show in the US. I liked the author's focus on several "top dogs" from the 2001 show -- I really got involved in their stories, and appreciated the updates at the end (love Henry the Field Spaniel!).
The book is basic enough to explain the intricacies of showing to novices, yet manages to still be interesting to those involved in showing. I recommend this book highly -- hope this author writes more on the subject!
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This book leads you from start to finish on the road to Westminster. Along the way you learn what it takes in time, money and fortitude to even be invited to enter you precious 'furkid'. Deborah writes with a wonderful sense of humor and knowledge of the show dog world.
We are waiting with liver 'baited breath' for her next doggie book!
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What a wonderful humorous book! The book takes you along the road with a few show dogs that are making their way to Westminster 2001. As you read you get to know the trials and worries of the dogs and mostly their owners and handlers. I was actually cheering for a few dogs especially Shower, Fanny and J.R.!

Besides the wonderful stories of the dogs you also get a scoop on the crazy world of dog shows in general. I even learned a few tidbits along the way i.e. the Westminster Kennel Club is only for men who are generally wealthy and white.

If you want an interesting read about dogs and dog shows then this is the book for you.
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