Pooches prepare for top dog show Dog handler Emma Rogers stands with Joy, a great Dane. At left are new breed entries Chanel and Burberry, both Cotons de Tulear breed (Reuters)
Pooches prepare for top dog show
Lexile

Eleven-year-old Emma Rogers is only six years older than her great Dane and half the size. But she's set to squire her dog in the ring at this year's Westminster Kennel Club show.

At 80, Marge Yonda is looking forward to leading her standard poodle through the fast-paced agility competition. It's a pursuit Yonda took up when she stopped running marathons at 73.

There's plenty of variety among the people, as well as the dogs, participating in American dogdom's most prestigious event scheduled in New York in February. It will feature two new breeds and a bigger lineup of dogs in an agility contest. That competition brought new dimension to the show last year. It marked the return of mixed-breed dogs for the first time since its early years.

Two new breeds added to dog show

Emma will face much older handlers and show a dog over twice her weight, so big that Emma has to lift hard to position the legs of the Dane, named Joy. But Emma's used to the double-takes and unfazed by the competition.

"With Joy, she's easy most of the time," Emma said after appearing at a news conference with her twin sister Faith and 17-year-old sister, Sophia. They are also showing dogs at Westminster. The Columbus, New Jersey, family's pastime started with a suggestion from Joy's breeder. Mom Kim Rogers soon came to see the benefits.

How does the article describe the variety among the people"?

"It teaches responsibility and winning and losing gracefully," she says.

Over 2,700 dogs are slated to compete in the traditional main event, breed judging, at Westminster's 139th annual show Feb. 16 and 17. Making their first appearances are the coton de tulear (pronounced koh-TOHN' du TOO'-lay-ahr), an easygoing companion breed known as the "royal dog of Madagascar," and the wirehaired vizsla (pronounced (VEEZ'-shlah), a stalwart Hungarian hunting dog. It's related to the more widely known vizsla.

There are only about 2,000 wirehaired vizslas worldwide, said owner Anton Sagh. His dog Falko is entered at Westminster.

"That's why I'm trying to promote the breed," said Sagh, a Hungarian-Canadian of the Montreal suburb of Laval.

Meanwhile, the Feb. 14 agility contest will feature 330 contestants, up from 225 last year.

After knee surgery ended her marathon running, Yonda tried dog agility to stay active. It suits both her and her dog, Maggie, a poodle that eagerly leaped jumps and pranced around poles in a demonstration Wednesday.

"It's a very intricate, complex sport," said Yonda, of Ridgefield, Connecticut. "We're learning all the time."

Critical thinking challenge: How does the article describe the variety among the people"?

Filed Under:  
Assigned 1 time


COMMENTS (1)
  • Eric0221-YYCA
    3/08/2016 - 09:32 p.m.

    The people might have wanted to prepare their dogs to the top dog show which people might have wanted to get their dogs to be the winners and the best in the dog show that people would be counting on. The people might have wanted to get their pooches to be well trained by their owner which the owners of their pooches would be doing good during the dog show that they would be participating. The dogs might have needed to be well trained so that they would be doing good while their owners are training their dogs during the dog show that the people would be attending. People might have wanted to be responsible and lose gracefully which people might have wanted to get the owners to be feeling like they had done a good job at the dog show.
    Critical Thinking Question: How does the article describe the variety among the people"?
    Answer: The article describes the variety among the people which the article is describing about what kind of dogs or people are attending the dog show.

Take the Quiz Leave a comment
ADVERTISEMENT