REPORTER: New York City has gone to the dogs - as it does every year for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Backstage was a frenzy of preening, blowing, combing and trimming before the judging began. And every owner hopes that their dog will take the city - and the competition - by storm.
CINDY, CO-OWNER OF SAXON: "He absolutely loves coming to New York City. He has enjoyed the taxis. He has enjoyed the horses."
COLTON JOHNSON, SWAGGER OWNER, BREEDER, HANDLER: "He's just a really cool dog. He's a neat dog to be around. He doesn't have a bad day."
MO HIERONIMUS-DIMERCURIO, OWNER OF GRYF: "He's a joy to be around. He's a really cool dog."
REPORTER: This year, for the first time, mixed breeds were allowed to compete - in the first agility competition, which was eventually won by a border collie. At almost 3,000 dogs it's the largest field ever to vie for the coveted Westminster "Best in Show" title, which will be awarded at Madison Square Garden.
IDIOMS AND WORDPLAY
1. A dog's life is an unhappy life, full of problems or unfair treatment. • He led poor Amy a dog's life. She was desperately lonely, poor dear.
2. If something goes to the dogs, it gets into a very bad state. • This firm's gone to the dogs since the new management took over.
3. To take by storm is to be extremely successful very quickly in a particular place or among particular people. • His new play took London by storm.
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