Wasilla husky prepares to compete at Westminster Kennel Club dog show
Every February, nearly 3,000 canines and their owners pack Madison Square Garden for two days of ferocious competition.
This year, the 141st annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will feature a face familiar to Alaska.
Riot is a 3-year-old Siberian husky from Wasilla who is ready to perform, unfazed, under the critical eye of the world’s top dog show judges.
His owner, Stevie Collins, has been a dog handler for decades but says this is the first time she’ll take her very own pup to the prestigious competition.
“All of the best are going to be there. They’re coming from all around the world and it’s just the top of the top that you are going to be competing against,” Collins said.
The dogs are evaluated by a set a breed standards, such as physical form, movement and demeanor.
To qualify for the show, Riot ranked among the top ten Siberian huskies in the nation.
“He really has a lot of great attributes that you look at in the bread standard, not just as a companion but as a show dog, and he loves to do it,” Collins said.
Collins says Riot is ready to go nose-to-nose with some of the world’s top pooches.
The duo leaves for New York on Saturday and will compete Tuesday against about 25 other Siberian huskies from around the world.
You can also see them in Anchorage at the Alaska Kennel Club Dog Show coming up in March.
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