Inside the 2019 National Dog Show With the Winners and Losers

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“That was mind boggling!” A woman is whisper-yelling at her husband as they head for the VIP exit at the National Dog Show. “A bonkers decision!” She is, indeed, pissed. This is the most overtly heated exchange I’ve witnessed in my 10 hours (70 hours, in dog time) behind the scenes at the dog show.

She isn’t the only one who’s pissed. The announcement of Best in Show passed in a whisper from stage manager to walkie-talkie, then boomed across the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in King of Prussia, PA, moving this WASP-packed room to a collective gasp. A woman leans over to her friend to say, “That was a choice.” I notice that the whisper-yelling woman (who is in a floor-length, blue gown) is not quite stomping, but stamping away from the iconic cerulean carpet where the winner was announced. This is the National Dog Show, also known by its Christian name THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED…

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