If youâ€™ve noticed an influx in recent days of coiffed hair and cheap perfume invading New York then youâ€™re undoubtedly aware that the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is in town. And itâ€™s not just the dogâ€™s owners with the teased up hair these days, itâ€™s the dogs too.
The gays have always loved cute, precious dogs. Theyâ€™ve also always been champions of grooming. So itâ€™s only natural that the two have finally collided. The Times has glimpsed into the world of show dog owners to reveal a pageant world a little too Jonbenet Ramsey if you ask us.
The world of show dogs is not much different: hairspray and “volumizer” on the fur, corn starch on the mouth to absorb drool, cream to cover tear-stained noses, chalk to whiten a coat, even black markers or makeup to disguise imperfections.
Some handlers said they had seen contestants with hair extensions and dye jobs â€” and they were referring to the dogs. “It’s about doing whatever it takes to make the dog look good,” said Manny Comitini, sitting backstage at Madison Square Garden primping a Maltese named Kisses yesterday, the first day of the two-day Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
“But the judges don’t seek them out, and they don’t call them out.”
A queen named Manny with a Maltese named Kisses? We couldnâ€™t make this shit up even if we tried.
Hairspray and Gel Keep Fur From Flying at Westminster [New York Times]