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


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)

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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                        

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. 

The Queen Bitch In Charge

She has long (probably blonde) hair, legs for days, a killer walk and looks like she (gorgeously) doesn’t give a crap. Rachel the Afghan Hound is basically a supermodel in dog form. (And not-so-coincidentally, there were a couple of Afghan Hounds who took the runway at Jen Kao’s show last season.)

Fashion Equivalent: Kate Moss.

Better discovering this late than never, but Elle’s coverage of this year’s Westminster Dog Show was ON POINT, y'all.


Portraits from the Westminster Dog Show

The Westminster Kennel Club show started Monday morning and, to the owners of the 2,711 pooches set to take part, it’s the Super Bowl, World Series and Daytona 500 of dogdom in the United States, one giant bark in the park.

The finale of the Westminster Dog Show is February 17, when one dog will be named Best in Show at Madison Square Garden. Here is a collection of portraits of some of the participants. (AP)

Photography by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

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The Westminster Kennel Club 139th Annual Dog Show

Canines of all shapes and sizes are descended on the Big Apple for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

This year’s version of the 139-year-old showcase features age-old sporting subplots, such as whether established stars like Matisse the Portuguese Water Dog and Nathan the Bloodhound can hold off the next wave.

Westminster 2015 will also see debut showings by new breeds from Hungary and Madagascar.

The two-day canine extravaganza, an annual bright spot with Fashion Week in the dead of winter, culminates Tuesday night with the selection of Best in Show in New York’s Madison Square Garden. More than 2,700 dogs representing 192 breeds are competing.

The winner is traditionally feted the next day with a round of appearances on morning talk shows and a steak lunch at Sardi’s restaurant.

(Photographs by Mike Segar/REUTERS)

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