LIBERTY TOWNSHIP – Earl the Chinese Shar-Pei did not place at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, but he and his owner had a good time.
“It was a great experience,” said Patricia Luce of Liberty Township.
Earl, a 2-year-old dog whose full name is “Champion P-Lou’s Copperhead Road,” competed for the “Best of Breed” against 16 other Shar-Pei.
The winner of that category was GCHG CH Broken Rd’s Can We Talk at Prunehill CGC, according to the dog show website at www.westminsterkennelclub.org
There’s no second or third place, and some dog owners and handlers are very serious about the show, which wrapped up its 143rd year earlier this week.
“It is so competitive,” Luce said of her first visit to the Westminster show.
It was a long day in New York City that started early, and Earl did a wonderful job and was well-behaved during judging.
“I felt very confident,” she said.
The atmosphere was “very professional” and very secure; Luce had to show proof of ownership multiple times.
Some of the competing dogs are well-known, or they have famous owners like Martha Stewart.
Luce had fun chatting with other dog lovers, and she met a National Geographic photographer.
She didn’t get a chance to watch the other competitions because a snowstorm was heading toward the city, and she wanted to get home.
Earl has competed and placed in other shows, and Luce said she plans on entering the Westminster show again.
“It’s a bucket list thing,” she said of participating.
Before the show, she bought Earl a new crate, chew toys and special food for a job well done.
Luce was happy to hear that people were cheering her on, including her customers. She owns the House of P-Lou’s, a kennel and grooming salon at her home.
“I got a lot of feedback,” she said.