The TV event of the year is prac­ti­cally upon us. Here’s what you need to know for this year’s must-watch broad­cast

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This year will mark the 141st an­nual West­min­ster Ken­nel Club Dog Show, which has been held since 1877. Only the Ken­tucky Derby has been staged longer—but by just one year. The 2017 show takes place Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 13th and Tues­day Fe­bru­ary 14th, with Best in Show go­ing down on the Tues­day evening. Three newly rec­og­nized breeds will be com­pet­ing for the first time dur­ing the 2017 show: the Sloughi, an ath­letic, noble, and re­served sighthound, the Amer­i­can Hair­less Ter­rier, an en­er­getic, cu­ri­ous, and in­tel­li­gent ter­rier, and the Pumi, a smart, en­er­getic, alert, and ag­ile mem­ber of the herd­ing group. Fun fact: the Pumi’s coat is a com­bi­na­tion of wavy and curly hair that forms corkscrew curls all over the body. At­tend­ing the event? For be­hind-the-scenes ac­tion, hit up two hot spots: the bench­ing area and Ho­tel Penn, the pre­ferred ho­tel for the West­min­ster Ken­nel Club Dog Show. West­min­ster's bench­ing area is where the dogs are prepped for their turn in the ring. Amaz­ingly, this area open to the pub­lic and our very favourite part of the whole show is wan­der­ing through tak­ing pho­tos, watch­ing the elab­o­rate groom­ing pro­cesses, and

say­ing hi to and pet­ting the dogs. Photo ops galore! For a chance to meet the dogs when they’re off-duty, stay at the invit­ing, dog-friendly Ho­tel Penn. Sit­u­ated di­rectly across the street from Madi­son Square Gar­den, where Best in Breed and Best in Show take place, this his­toric ho­tel is host to many of the com­pet­ing dogs. Ex­pect to bump into many a pedi­greed com­peti­tor in the im­mense lobby as well as out front of the ho­tel. All sizes of dogs are wel­come, the pet fee is just $25 per stay, and pets may be left in the room (say if you’re go­ing out for din­ner) pro­vided they are in their trav­el­ling ken­nels. As for lo­ca­tion, it’s right in the heart of the dog-show ac­tion—you couldn’t ask for a more con­ve­nient home base! Agility fans at­tend­ing the show won’t want to miss the Mas­ters Agility Cham­pi­onship— open to pure­bred dogs and mixes alike! This, along with the su­per-fun AKC Meet The Breeds takes place down at the Piers on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 11th. See you there!

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