Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Benching Area

WKC Dog Show is what's known as a "benched show". On the day that any dog is being shown, when he or she is not in the ring they are required to be back in the benching area and accessible to the public. The benching area is crazy and busy and packed with people and dogs.
Dogs may be getting groomed and ready for their moment in the spotlight.
They may be hanging out being cute and trying to win over the crowd.
Or maybe just hanging out with (or on!) their own people.

Each breed has its own designated area and there are signs and a map in the program to help spectators find any breed they want to see. The aisles are packed with people. This is not a good area for those uncomfortable in crowds. The owners and/or handlers were, for the most part, eager and willing to talk about and show off their dogs. This was one of the neatest aspects of the show to me. To be able to get up close and personal with the dogs was worth a bit of jostling around and feeling like a sardine in a can.

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