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Going Nose-to-Nose with @thedogist’s Furry Portraits

To see more candid canines, follow @thedogist on Instagram.

Elias Weiss Friedman (@thedogist) is doing what he does best at the #WKCDogShow: photographing dogs on their own terms. “I wear kneepads underneath my pants, which makes getting on their level comfortable,” he says. “I’m looking for something that stands out — a funny outfit, a funny haircut, a rare breed.” A former brand strategist, Elias now walks New York City streets with a tennis ball and treats, and a lens wipe for slobber in his back pocket. He doesn’t have a pup of his own yet, but his charity, Give a Dog a Bone, helps shelter dogs find homes. “I think every dog deserves recognition.”

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This past weekend, back when Banana Joe’s victory was just a whisper in his owner’s heart, the photographer Landon Nordeman found himself holed up in the Pennsylvania Hotel, where hundreds of dogs and their owners were gathered in preparation for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and the events that surround the annual competition. In the course of three days, Landon and his team produced studio portraits of the hotel’s canine guests. Nordeman, who regularly photographs for The New Yorkers Goings On About Town section, is no stranger to dog photography; in fact, his first assignment for the magazine was to photograph a border collie for a story by Susan Orlean. This is his third visit to Westminster (we published sets of his photos from the show in 2010 and 2011), and, last fall, he travelled to Romania to photograph Euro Dog 2012. Click-through for a slideshow of portraits from his weekend at the Hotel Pennsylvania: http://nyr.kr/XAlAqd

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Forget about Fashion Week, the most important show of the season took place at the Westminster Kennel Club.

Here, watch the most stylish dogs competing.

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Beagle wins “Best in Show” at Westminster Kennel Club competition

Best in Show at the 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble the Beagle, also known as “Miss P!"  Miss P is just the second beagle to win Best in Show. The historic first beagle winner was Uno in 2008.  

Reserved Best in Show (basically second place) went to Good Time Charlie the Skye Terrier. (Yahoo News)

(Photos by: Shannon Stapleton/REUTERS, Frank Franklin II/AP Photo, Mary Altaffer/AP Photo (2), Mike Segar/REUTERS)

See more images from the Westminster Kennel Club and our other slideshows on Yahoo News!

When I’m not jumping around on ice floes, I have a whole other career and life in NYC. I’m a Digital Strategist (whatever that means!) at an awesome little agency in Soho called GLOW. I am here for 6 months now, well, 19 weeks and counting, until I am off on my next adventure. If anywhere or anyone can get me to sit still for 6 months, it’s GLOW. 

My main project is the Westminster Dog Show (February 16th and 17th in NYC) and it is a blast. Yesterday I live-streamed a Press Conference where 2 new breeds were introduced as well as these 3 lovely sisters from New Jersey who will be each showing a dog at this year’s show.

It’s really hard for me to get behind sitting at a desk and in front of a computer all day, but when I’m mostly looking at photos of dogs, it ain’t so bad. 

If by any chance you’ll be at the Dog Show in NYC next month, let me know! Would be fun to see you there. 

UNITED STATES, New York : A Komondorok being groomed in the benching area at Pier 92 and 94 in New York City on the 2nd day of competition at the 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 17, 2015. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a two-day, all-breed benched show that takes place at both Pier 92 & 94 and at Madison Square Garden in New York City.    AFP PHOTO /  TIMOTHY  A. CLARY