I do not know why I watch the Westminster Kennel Club dog show every year. Yes, I like dogs and have owned dogs most of my life, but I don’t think that’s it. And I write about the pet business in one of my other lives, but the pet business and dog shows don’t really have that much in common. Nevertheless, I will be in front of the TV at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Much of my interest probably comes from the fact that these are not dogs as I know them. They’re smarter, better trained and better behaved than any I have owned. Easily. Also, while beauty pageants bore me, I’ll sit for two hours and watch the dogs bounce around Madison Square Garden, one after the other – even though I don’t know enough about show judging to know quite what’s going on and the dogs I like never seem to win anything. Finally, there is something appealing about this event being 132 years old.

After the jump, some video highlights from last year’s show, courtesy of ReelDogs at YouTube.