Wednesday, February 23, 2011

More Westminster

I have often mentioned Windsong, Bingley's and Magic's home away from home. I encourage you to click on the link and take a virtual tour of this wonderful pet spa. I really cannot call it a kennel.

It's hard to describe the relief I felt, finding a place where I can take Bingley and Magic with no fear, no second thoughts, when travel, health emergencies, or family concerns make it impossible for me to care for them at home.

For me, a bonus is the fact that Mike Dougherty, the owner of Windsong, is very well acquainted with Sight Hounds--Greyhounds, Whippets, Scottish Deerhounds, among others--who present unique challenges to caregivers. In fact, Mike is an A.K.C. show judge, who recently judged a number of hound breeds at Westminster. Two of the breed winners he selected placed in the Hound Group judging: the Norwegian Elkhound and the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. Congratulations, Mike!

In addition to the actual show, there are many events during the Westminster related to the dog show world. Here are Mike and Michelle in their formal best at a fundraiser for Take the Lead, a charity devoted to assisting members of the dog fancy world who are facing serious illness.

Bingley can't understand why his pals Mike and Michelle would wear anything that makes it difficult to run and play.

Magic thinks it would be a wonderful idea if they dressed this way at Windsong. At least at Evening Kibble Time.

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