Between the Grammys, the Oscars and the World’s Greatest Dads, the sickening season of shameless self-congratulation is upon us.
For a breath of fresh air, look east to New York City’s Madison Square Garden, which is hosting the 133rd annual Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) dog show.
For all you noobs, the WKC dog show is America’s second oldest sporting event (only the Kentucky Derby is older) and attracts breeders from around the world. Over the course of two nights, American Kennel Club judges bestow awards to dogs in seven distinct groups: hound, terrier, non-sporting, herding, sporting, working and toy. On Tuesday night, a “Best in Show” is named. Last year’s winner was a Beagle named Ch K-Run’s Park Me In First (aka “Uno”).
Part one is broadcast tonight from 8 pm to 9 pm on USA and then on CNBC from 9 pm to 11 pm (synergy!). Part two airs tomorrow night from 8 pm to 11 pm on USA.
And please remember that pure-bred dogs may look beautiful as they trot obediently around the Garden, but most of them are a royal pain-in-the-ass and prone to all sorts of debilitating genetic ailments.
If you’re interested in a canine companion, you’d be far better off following Obama’s lead and rescuing a dog from your local shelter.
Image: Some dude and his dog.