‘Everydog’ will be celebrated at Westminster’s new agility test
Matt Bershadker, president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, hopes introducing mixed breeds at Westminster will lead emphasis "away from the aesthetics of dogs to what is special about dogs ... the very, very special connection that people have with dogs."
Irene Palmerini connected with Alfie, a poodle mix, when she spotted him seven years ago in a mall pet shop, seeming eager to get out of his crate. She wasn't looking for a dog but couldn't resist him.
Nor was she looking to take up canine agility, but he had energy that needed a focus.
Now, she's gearing up to bring Alfie to Westminster, with excitement and a bit of incredulity.
"I'm representing everybody who just sits on their couch with their dog," said Palmerini, of Toms River, N.J. "He's just our pet."
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