Westminster Dog Show: A (Champion) Dog’s Life

By Nikhil Hutheesing - 2012-02-15T15:44:25Z

Photograph by Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

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On the Road

Cross country travel can get expensive. Some dog owners can have as many as six dogs heading to a show, says Hamil. That usually requires three handlers. At $600 round-trip from California to New York, ticket fees can ramp up to close to $4,000. Add to that another $1,500 for the handlers' tickets.

Left, Major, a Tibetan Mastiff , waits to check in to the Affinia Manhattan Hotel on Feb. 12.