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Merrilee Dantonio, of Massapequa, grooms Philo, her Samoyed, (Credit: Charles Eckert)

Merrilee Dantonio, of Massapequa, grooms Philo, her Samoyed, backstage during the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 15, 2011)

LI dogs in the 2011 Westminster dog show

Several dogs and breeds from Long Island are competing in the 2011 Westminster dog show this year at Madison Square Garden.

Eddie, a Giant Schnauzer from Smithtown, is groomed
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Eddie, a Giant Schnauzer from Smithtown, is groomed backstage during the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. Eddie went on to win best in breed. (Feb. 15, 2011)

Eddie, a Giant Schnauzer from Smithtown, is groomed
(Credit: Charles Eckert )

Eddie, a Giant Schnauzer from Smithtown, is groomed backstage during the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 15, 2011)

Merrilee Dantonio, of Massapequa, grooms Philo, her Samoyed,
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Merrilee Dantonio, of Massapequa, grooms Philo, her Samoyed, backstage during the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 15, 2011)

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Merrilee Dantonio, of Massapequa, grooms Philo, her Samoyed,
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Merrilee Dantonio, of Massapequa, grooms Philo, her Samoyed, backstage during the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 15, 2011)

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15, 2011: Merrilee
(Credit: Photo by Charles Eckert)

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15, 2011: Merrilee Dantonio of Massapequa grooms Philo, her Samoyed, backstage during the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. Photo by Charles Eckert

Merrilee Dantonio of Massapequa grooms Philo, her Samoyed,
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Merrilee Dantonio of Massapequa grooms Philo, her Samoyed, backstage during the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 15, 2011)

Merrilee Dantonio, of Massapequa, grooms Philo, her Samoyed,
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Merrilee Dantonio, of Massapequa, grooms Philo, her Samoyed, backstage during the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 15, 2011)

Merrilee Dantonio, of Massapequa, grooms Philo, her Samoyed,
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Merrilee Dantonio, of Massapequa, grooms Philo, her Samoyed, backstage during the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 15, 2011)

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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15, 2011: Merrilee
(Credit: Photo by Charles Eckert)

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15, 2011: Merrilee Dantonio of Massapequa grooms Philo, her Samoyed, backstage during the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. Photo by Charles Eckert

Philo, a 2-years old Samoyed, lives with owner
(Credit: Handout)

Philo, a 2-years old Samoyed, lives with owner Merilee Dantonio in Massapequa. Philo is competing at the 2011 Westminster dog show at Madison Square Garden.

Ethel the Mastiff plays with her owner Roberta
(Credit: Agaton Strom )

Ethel the Mastiff plays with her owner Roberta Einbender, of Dix Hills. Ethel is competing in the 2011 Westminster dog show. (Feb. 5, 2011)

A portrait of Ethel the Mastiff who lives
(Credit: Agaton Strom)

A portrait of Ethel the Mastiff who lives with her owner Roberta Einbender in Dix Hills. (Feb. 5, 2011)

Ethel the Mastiff sits at attention in preparation
(Credit: Agaton Strom)

Ethel the Mastiff sits at attention in preparation for the Westminster Dog Show. The competitor lives with her owner Roberta Einbender in Dix Hills. (Feb. 5, 2011)

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Ray the Australian Shepherd is co-owned by Janice
(Credit: Handout)

Ray the Australian Shepherd is co-owned by Janice and William McGivney-Keiser along with Alexandra Mace. He will compete in the 2011 Westminster dog show on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15.

Quixote the Chow Chow 'Quixote,' is co-owned by
(Credit: Handout)

Quixote the Chow Chow 'Quixote,' is co-owned by Victor and Jeanne Fernandez in Commack and Linda Albert of Hauppauge. He is competing on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 in the 2011 Westminster dog show.

Brigette and Lyric, the beagles, are both headed
(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

Brigette and Lyric, the beagles, are both headed to the 2011 Westminster Dog Show on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15. They live in Babylon with their owner Kelly Lockwood. (Feb. 03, 2011)

Brigette the beagle is competing Feb. 14 and
(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

Brigette the beagle is competing Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 in the 2011 Westminster dog show at Madison Square Garden. She lives with Kelly Lockwood in Babylon. (Feb. 3, 2011)

Lyrice the beagle is competing on Feb. 14
(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

Lyrice the beagle is competing on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 in the 2011 Westminster dog show at Madison Square Garden. Lyric lives with Kelly Lockwood in Babylon. (Feb. 3, 2011)

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Lyric the beagle strikes a pose. Lyric, who
(Credit: Bruce Gilbert )

Lyric the beagle strikes a pose. Lyric, who lives in Babylon, is competing in the 2011 Westminster dog show at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15. (Feb. 03, 2011)

Alice the field spaniel, left, sits next to
(Credit: Agaton Strom)

Alice the field spaniel, left, sits next to Archy, another field spaniel competing on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 in the 2011 Westminster Dog Show. The dogs pose for a portrait inside the home of Gail Schuljan and Scott Gillis, Archy's owners, in Holtsville.

Alice, the field spaniel, sits next to field
(Credit: Agaton Strom)

Alice, the field spaniel, sits next to field spaniel Archy who is competing in the 2011 Westminster Dog Show. The dogs sit for a portrait inside the home of Gail Schuljan and Scott Gillis, Archy's owners, in Holtsville.

Archy the field spaniel is competing in the
(Credit: Agaton Strom)

Archy the field spaniel is competing in the 2011 Westminster dog show at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15. He lives in Holtsville with his owners, Gail Schuljan and Scott Gillis. (Feb. 5, 2011)

Archy the field spaniel is competing in the
(Credit: Agaton Strom)

Archy the field spaniel is competing in the 2011 Westminster dog show at Madison Square Garden. Archy lives in Holtsville with his owners, Gail Schuljan and Scott Gillis. (Feb. 5, 2011)

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Yuri, a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog who lives
(Credit: Handout)

Yuri, a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog who lives in Manorville with his owner Laurie Carmody, is getting ready to compete Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 in the 2011 Westminster dog show.

Merlin (Ch Merlin De Pomerland) is a Giant
(Credit: None/)

Merlin (Ch Merlin De Pomerland) is a Giant Schnauzer competing in the 2011 Westminster Dog Show. Owned by Tonilyn Fay of Smithtown.

Top Gun Tuck Everlasting, a black Labrador retriever
(Credit: Handout)

Top Gun Tuck Everlasting, a black Labrador retriever is one of three dogs that Jackie DeAngelo, of Ridge, is entering in the Westminster dog show this year. (Feb. 7, 2011)

Pi, the Border terrier, who lives in Bayport
(Credit: Robert Cassidy )

Pi, the Border terrier, who lives in Bayport is competing in the 2011 Westminster dog show at Madison Square Garden.

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