Bernard Weil, Chief Photographer
One of the reasons I love this job is the variety of assignments we get. Three weeks ago I was high up in the mountains in Whistler shooting the Olympics. Yesterday, back home, I'm tiptoeing around pee puddles shooting the Purina International Dog Show.
I know little about dogs, other than my experience as a child with our family dog Sheriff, who routinely disappeared for days in the forest next to our house, returning only to be fed and to chase cars on the street.
So it was a real learning experience to observe and photograph the 100 or so breeds getting groomed for the various conforming, agility and obedience competitions.
Geddy, a 14-month-old Shih Tzu, licks his nose while getting groomed for a competition. The owner, from Flamborough, named the dog after the lead singer of the rock band Rush, Geddy Lee.
Dani, an 11-month-old Standard Poodle, gets his hair firmed up with hair spray.
Brodie, a Parson Russell Terrier, enjoys a scratch under the chin by handler Barb Orr.
Mo, a 3-year-old Standard Poodle, gets scrutinized by its handler Terry Bernier. Tied up temporarily, Mo's hair will eventually get poofed up with liberal amounts of hair spray.
A Shih Tzu looks for some attention while waiting in it's cage for grooming. The diaper wraps keep the hair from getting in it's mouth.
Halo, an 11-month-old Standard Poodle, gets final touch ups by handler Jennifer Carr.
Size does not matter. Dogs line up during the Hound Group competition.
A nervous pooch complies with a judge during a conformation competition.
A handler applies last minute touch ups of hair spray to a Standard Poodle prior to entering the ring.
With legs barely visible, this Shih Tzu seemingly floats across the floor during judging in the toy category.
A miniature Schnauzer puts up with judges in the Terrier Group competition.
Ryan Young, of Regina, keeps his 2-year-old Chihuahua Sweet Pea cozy.
Aiden Taylor, 3 gets up and close to Solan, a 3-year-old Great Pyrenee, as it waits patiently on a grooming table.
An Afghans tail curls in front of a hound during the Hound Group competition.
Larralyn McKay, of Kinmount Ont. gets noticed by Austin, a 2-year-old Boxer, while chatting with handler Jim McGriskin, of Winnipeg.
Handler Ernesto Lara of Pensylvania walks away with the first prize in the Terrier Group competition with Fin, a Kerry Blue Terrier. The night before, Fin won the Best in Show, a $6000 prize.
While interviewing it's handler, Brodie jumped into my arms for some attention. Too bad I couldn't take him home for my kids.