Dog Eat Dog: A Very Human Book About Dogs and Dog Shows

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There are 11,000 dog shows sanctioned by the American Kennel Club -- and each year, two million dogs of all shapes and sizes enter their fiercely competitive arenas. Now, with their trademark enthusiasm and genuine affection for dogs of every breed, Jane and Michael Stern examine this unique and often hilarious world as they follow a set of top canines through one tumultuous year on the dog-show circuit.

From opening weekend in Princeton, New Jersey, to Madison Square Garden's ...

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Overview

There are 11,000 dog shows sanctioned by the American Kennel Club -- and each year, two million dogs of all shapes and sizes enter their fiercely competitive arenas. Now, with their trademark enthusiasm and genuine affection for dogs of every breed, Jane and Michael Stern examine this unique and often hilarious world as they follow a set of top canines through one tumultuous year on the dog-show circuit.

From opening weekend in Princeton, New Jersey, to Madison Square Garden's Westminster Kennel Club -- the Super Bowl of all dog shows -- the Sterns take a whimsical look at the rules, rituals, and rivalries that can make a show dog a champion and its handler a star.

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Editorial Reviews

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Following World War II, ownership of dogs in America-particularly purebreds-skyrocketed. The American Kennel Club (long established as the epitome of canine registries and events-licensing organizations), registers millions of dogs and sanctions thousands of championship and titling events each year. People involved in the sport of breeding and showing dogs often lead lives of total immersion in their canine activities. This book offers entertaining insight into that unique world. As casual participants, the Sterns (Jane & Michael Stern's Image of Pop Culture, LJ 10/15/92) enlisted the aid of longtime bullmastiff breeder Mimi Einstein and followed her through one year of activities, including the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club show and the Bullmastiff National Specialty. We go on the roller coaster ride of breeding and handling decisions and longstanding rivalries. An enchanting romp through the dog show circuit that will entertain anyone who has even the most remote interest in show dogs.-Edell Marie Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., Wis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765518019
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/10/1997
  • Pages: 192

Table of Contents

Introduction 11
1. Dog Show 17
2. Allstar Bullmastiffs 31
3. How a Dog Show Works 43
4. A Blue Ribbon in the Land of Pink and Green 51
5. When Poodles Reigned 67
6. Dog Days 73
7. Bizarre Breeds 81
8. Rusty Goes to Texas (The Dallas Specialty) 91
9. Showdown in Plano (Best of Breed) 103
10. Leonberger Love Connection 117
11. Rusty Come Home 125
12. Motherhood 135
13. The Dark Horse 147
14. The Beauty of the Beast 155
15. Madison Square Garden 163
16. Epilogue 181
Appendixes
1. Basic Show Dog Terms 185
2. Breeds Recognized by the AKC 187
3. The Most Popular Breeds 191
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