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Mon, Feb 9 | By The Associated Press | 702

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 Economy Takes Bite out of Westminster
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Cheryln
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Cheryln
5 years ago

A lot of people would miss this show, hope it is able to continue.

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Pamela L.
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Pamela L.
5 years ago

This is one expensive hobby! I can certainly understand why people get involved in showing dogs but how do they afford it?????

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JoEllen G.
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JoEllen G.
5 years ago

Also taking a bite out of dog show attendance.

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tracey c.
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tracey c.
5 years ago

I noticed the audience seemed smaller than usual.It's always fun seeing the great dogs. But I still think those horrible poodle cuts should be illegal.

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Norman C.
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Norman C.
5 years ago

The sooner that show goes belly up, the better.

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Gloria B.
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Gloria B.
5 years ago

I'm not surprised that the show had less people show up. It's an expensive venture. Shelters and Rescues could use that money instead.

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lin c.
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lin c.
5 years ago

It is not surprising with the economy the way it is that Westminster would be effected.

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Amy P.
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Amy P.
5 years ago

I'd rather see people spend that money on donations to their local shelter..

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Sandy  M.
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Sandy M.
5 years ago

I attended the Westminster show on Monday. It was great fun. People still spend a lot of money doing dog shows of various kinds. There were over 100 dogs on the waiting list for the agility trial this past weekend and that was a trial with 3 rings running simultaneously at 990 runs per day!

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susie
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susie
5 years ago

Too bad-just one more ting the bad economy is affecting. susieall I was glad to watch it on tv

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Graciel
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Graciel
5 years ago

I noticed people saying they were staying closer to home this past year on the rabbit shows, as well. This didn't start last fall or this winter, it's been ongoing for the last year.

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Janice K.
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Janice K.
5 years ago

Informative story, Thanks.

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Lucille Vaughn F.
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Lucille Vaughn F.
5 years ago

Sometimes I wonder who the recession is affecting. Seems to me that these people spend too much money to show their show dogs. Evidently the recession has only hit a few of them. It's a sure thing that lots of people are still spending lots of money on sports and other pasttimes. It's the little people that have been hit the hardest.

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Emilee C.
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Emilee C.
5 years ago

interesting..

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Carolyn C.
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Carolyn C.
5 years ago

It didn't look like the crowds stayed home. The place was packed.

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gina h.
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gina h.
5 years ago

I guess this story should be know big surprise.

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D&R
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D&R
5 years ago

We're all being more conservative with this economy. That's not necessarily a bad thing.

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L.H.S.
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L.H.S.
5 years ago

If people are not going to spend on themselves, they most certainly won't donate to organizations in need. Let's pray the economy turns for the better this year otherwise there will be more shelters closing down their doors!

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Linda
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Linda
5 years ago

A banquet costing 250.00 per ticket! Really? You would think this is over the top no matter what the economy. While we all have to cut corners, the gold digging and greed will also be seeing a slow down.

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DDRau
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DDRau
5 years ago

Those would no doubt be tickets for a fund raiser - either for canine or human health needs.

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Linda
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Linda
5 years ago

Thanks for letting me know this! I feel better knowing the money goes to good causes.

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Kadiquilts
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Kadiquilts
5 years ago

This state of the economy is (and will be) affecting everything we do.....I hope things turn around soon! Dog shows are a luxury...same for superbowl, and all sports--evryone is feeling the crunch and seeking ways to cut corners.

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Themsdad
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Themsdad
5 years ago

That's really tough

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JanaRae
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JanaRae
5 years ago

Shows what all this economy can do to us. Hopefully things will get turned around soon.

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Tnsn
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Tnsn
5 years ago

that's too bad..

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Heather B.
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Heather B.
5 years ago

Sad but understandable.

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Emily E.
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Emily E.
5 years ago

I agree, I always look forward to watching the dogs

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sylvia m.
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sylvia m.
5 years ago

It's bad times ,but nice to see them keep trying to hold the normal!!Doing it on the cheap still gives some pleasure an thats a good thing.

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Liz L.
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Liz L.
5 years ago

No money, no fun. Unfortunately many of us are feeling the pinch. It's a shame that our pets are feeling the trickle down.

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Amy H.
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Amy H.
5 years ago

I hope that the economy gets better soon so we can start spoiling our pets again.

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PLD
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PLD
5 years ago

The economy affects every facet of our lives. Many people have to scale down.

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BuilderBob
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BuilderBob
5 years ago

Less spectators this year too.

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Mattbstl30
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Mattbstl30
5 years ago

I noticed empty seats when I saw it on TV too.

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Karen S.
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Karen S.
5 years ago

It is so sad that the economy is affecting our lives in so many negative ways. Hopefully, things will start to improve soon. It does, however, seem to cut some extravagance and help us to focus on and appreciate those things which are really most important in our lives.

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L.H.S.
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L.H.S.
5 years ago

Excellent point!

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Veronica (Ronnie) G.
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Veronica (Ronnie) G.
5 years ago

There is nothing the economy is not affecting. But Westminster managed.

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Mary T.
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Mary T.
5 years ago

Our economy effects everything !! It is just so disappointing, where did our $$ go?!

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Denise W.
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Denise W.
5 years ago

It's a shame something like the Westminster is even cut back in this horrid economy. Hopefully our new persident will turn things around.

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Lora W.
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Lora W.
5 years ago

Hopefully the economy will pick up soon. But, people should be cautious about their spending anyway. We could still have all our events, just tone them down a bit. Good shows and fun can be had at a reasonable cost.

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Stevecat511
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Stevecat511
5 years ago

I agree!

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Sarah  W.
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Sarah W.
5 years ago

I believe it, at least people are being wise.

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Anne C.
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Anne C.
5 years ago

I noticed the empt seats when watching on TV. But it's good to see people wake up to excessive spending. I hope the show will survive.

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Manzana
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Manzana
5 years ago

I guess this shouldn't come as any surprise --- many -- maybe most -- businesses and organizations are being negatively impacted by the economy.

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Patricia  C.
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Patricia C.
5 years ago

I love the dog shows, but I have only owned one full blooded dog in my whole life. He was a cockerspaniel and didn't even have papers, so I definitely cannot identify with these show dog parents as I only have rescue dogs. It is even expensive to care for them. I tell people I have pedigree mutts.

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Annette1117
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Annette1117
5 years ago

Lots of entries anyway, with excellent breed information provided to people who're thinking about adding a pup to the family. Dogs of all kinds end up at shelters and with rescue groups and it's important that the people adopting them understand breed characteristics.

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Diane E.
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Diane E.
5 years ago

No surprise here, everyone is feeling the pinch.

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Cara C.
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Cara C.
5 years ago

i'm soooo excited stump one!!

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Jamie A.
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Jamie A.
5 years ago

I'm okay with this. I think Westminster should be changed to allow only adopted, altered pets anyway. It promotes breeding, which is a shame.

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Scaredycat
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Scaredycat
5 years ago

Here's hoping things are better by next year's show

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Maegan D.
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Maegan D.
5 years ago

Guess every sport really IS feeling the pressures of the nation right now.

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Lisa C.
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Lisa C.
5 years ago

It's too bad that the economy is affecting so many things. Especially hard hit is the increase in the number of dogs and cats that are being surrendered to shelters.

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CountryLady
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CountryLady
5 years ago

The economy may have kept people from going to the show, but it didn't dampen the spirits of the dogs.

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Mary W.
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Mary W.
5 years ago

I do not watch this show. Pedigree is meaningless to me.

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KariLynn123
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KariLynn123
5 years ago

economy sucks

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BailyChub
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BailyChub
5 years ago

wow!

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