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February 10th, 2009
02:25 PM ET

That Beagle just robbed a Starbucks

Old English Sheepdogs wait in the judging ring during the 2009 133rd Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Old English Sheepdogs wait in the judging ring during the 2009 133rd Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Jack Gray
AC360° Associate Producer

Move over, Sully.  The Westminster Dog Show is in town.  It’s like a canine version of Fleet Week, only with fewer one night stands.  In fact it’s the one week of the year when Manhattan’s fanciest hotels can be trashed by long-haired creatures roaming the hallways on all fours and management can’t automatically blame Mickey Rourke.

Like all visitors to New York, the Westminster participants try to strike a balance of business and pleasure.  The Poodle window shopping at Cartier.  The Bichon having his picture taken in front of the Seinfeld diner.  The Schnauzer trotting into a Times Square massage parlor.

But if you think an influx of dogs into one of the world’s most populated cities might cause problems, think again.  In fact, one of the reasons why I like dog tourists better than regular tourists is that they’re much less disruptive.  You’ll never come across a Welsh Corgi blocking a busy sidewalk, digging around in his fanny pack for misplaced tickets to Mamma Mia.

And you don’t have to worry about a posse of Great Danes strutting through SoHo, clad in leather pants, pestering you for directions to Dolce and Gabbana.

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