Showing on the Big Stage: The Westminster Dog Show

“Right around together, and first one on the table.” Those were the first words that Judge Ralph Lemcke spoke after 21 wirehaired dachshunds trotted into the show ring at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden.

One of those dogs was mine.

Ch. (Champion) Wildwood Small but Mighty Riley — just “Riley” when it’s time for dinner — walked briskly in beside my partner Kathi Wood. She walked him around the ring with the rest of the dachshunds being shown, then set him up on the bright green carpet in the line of dogs waiting to . . .

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