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Westminster Kennel Club Pageant Gets Underway

It’s time for the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club pageant! 2,000 purebred dogs have gathered in New York for the showing at Madison Square Garden, where one lucky dog will trot home with the best in show blue ribbon.

Looking forward to the contest, an article in the Wall Street Journal profiled one dog favored to win, and his daily routine rivals that of any Manhattan socialite: Oscar, or the Greater Swiss Mountain No. 18—as he’ll be known at Westminster—eats a carefully selected diet of raw foods, sleeps in a special bed with his Mickey Mouse plush toy, and is adorned with expensive jewelry. Some dogs go to heaven on earth apparently—at least when they’re in the K-9 1 percent.

Asked what he wants to be when he grows up, Oscar replied via his owner, “an investment barker.” Sorry Oscar, the correct answer is Underdog.