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Dogs ready to have their day -- and nights -- at Westminster

Dogs ready to have their day -- and nights -- at Westminster

"Let me have the ..." With those words, or perhaps simply with the point of a finger, a new top dog in America will be picked this week. The Westminster Kennel Club show starts Monday morning and, to the owners of the 2,711 pooches set to take part, it's the Super Bowl, World Series and Daytona 500 of dogdom in the United States, one giant bark in the park. Plenty of pugs, poodles and pointers, all popular pets. A total of 192 breeds and varieties, including a few not so familiar. Yep, that's a xoloitzcuintli. The big honor? Best in show, to be chosen Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. The reward? Zero prize money. But there's rich breeding potential, plus a...

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