The 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show sheds a spotlight on almost 3,000 well-bred and groomed canines from around the country — including a number of proud and pampered pooches hailing right from our own backyard.
Among the fast and furry Long Island entrants in this year’s dog show are a German shepherd from Farmingville returning for his third Westminster appearance, a Patchogue-born-and-bred Siberian husky and an Anatolian shepherd from Westbury making her second Westminster appearance.
Here’s a look at eight contenders:
Formal name: GCH Frerose Tomi Arashi Kage CGC
Breed: Shiba inu
Weight: 25 pounds
LI connection: Owner Julia Haight of Hicksville
Social Media: Tomi has a Facebook page, facebook.com/tomitheherodog
Favorite people food: String cheese
Best trick/worst mischief: Tomi spins clockwise and counterclockwise on command. He also jumps over and then walks under Jagger, the family border collie.
Act of heroism: Tomi is a lifesaver. One morning in October 2015, Tomi began jumping on Haight until she woke up. The house was on fire, and Tomi saved his family by alerting them to evacuate. For his heroics, Tomi won an award from the New York Knicks, which gave a $2,000 donation in Tomis name to the NYC Shiba Rescue. Tomi appears at adoption and fundraising events for the charity.
Showing: 8:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12
Formal name CH Ushamwaris Twenty-One Guns
Breed: Rhodesian Ridgeback
Weight: 97 pounds
LI Connection: Owners Diana and Stephen Garden of Huntington and breeders Janice and John Paolicelli of Ushamwaris Rhodesian Ridgebacks in Ridge. Janice Paolicelli is also Gunnars handler.
Favorite place: Gunnar likes to run around outside with Rose, the familys other Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Favorite people food: New York strip steak on the bone
Best trick/worst mischief: Gunnar can jump three feet in the air.
First showing: 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12
Formal Name: GCH CH Beachview's On the Rocks
Weight: 13 pounds
LI connection: Co-owner and handler Alexandra Mace of Dix Hills
Social media: Instagram @amace_nydpt
Favorite place: Jetti likes to take walks on the beach and lap sit on the couch while the family watches TV.
Favorite "people" food: Chicken
First showing: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12
Formal name: Amberglos Blond Mist on Harbor Haze
Breed: Golden retriever
Weight: 67 pounds
LI connection: Owners Susan and Thomas Hayes of East Northport. Susan Hayes is also Kylies handler.
Social media: Instagram @Hayessa11
Favorite place: Playing fetch with a ball in the backyard.
Favorite people food: Entenmann's crumb cake
Best trick/worst mischief: Kylie plays catch with herself by tossing a ball against a wall.
First showing: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13
Formal name: CH Red Americana Kempinski at Argyle
Breed: 15-inch beagle
Age: 11 months
Weight: 27 pounds
LI connection: Owner Kelly Lockwood of Babylon
Favorite place: TV room
Favorite people food: Cheddar cheese
Best trick/worst mischief: Pulling all of his toys out of the storage basket.
First showing: 1:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12
Formal name: Am GCH, Bermuda CH Skyviews Canan Melek
Breed: Anatolian shepherd
Weight: 106 pounds
LI Connection: Owner Kalena Phillips of Westbury
Favorite people food: Yogurt and gizzards
Best trick: Untying shoelaces
First showing: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13
Correction: This is Angel's second appearance at Westminster. An earlier version contained incorrect information.
(Due to a broken blood vessel in Fanucci's ear, he is no longer competing in this year's Westminster show.) Dog's name: GCHG CH Stuttgart's Now Don't Refuse Me of Masrock
Breed: German shepherd
Weight: 95 pounds
LI connection: Owners Stephanie Schrock, Leslie Dancosse, Autumn Dugan and Susan Condreras, all of Farmingville. Fanucci is a “comeback kid.” He suffered a broken femur (upper leg bone) after he was hit by a car in 2014. Doctors said he would never walk the same again, but he has continued to win accolades at dog shows.
Favorite place: Cathedral Pines County Park, Middle Island
Favorite “people” food: Steak
Best trick/worst mischief: Taking towels from the bathroom and bringing them outside the house.
First showing: 8:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12
Formal name: Whispering Pines Son of a Witch
Breed: Siberian husky
Weight: 47 pounds
Ll connection: Co-owners the Cataldo family of Medford and Kara Hickey of Patchogue. Hickey is also Oreo's breeder and handler.
Favorite people food: cheese sticks
Best trick/worst mischief: Ringing the doorbell to go outside.
First showing: 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13