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Dogs, owners and handlers converge on New York City for Westminster Dog Show

Approximately 2,500 dogs are arriving in NYC for the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.  Hotels around the city are making accommodations for their furry guests' comfort, and on the city streets, there are more four-footed pedestrians than usual.

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Ed Casey from Boston walks his Pug, Cody on Sunday. Casey and Cody are sharing their hotel room with two other people and nine other dogs.

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Ilsa, a Bermese Mountain Dog from Kent, Connecticut, christens the crosswalk at West 37th St. and 7th Ave. just outside Madison Square Garden where tomorrow's Westminster Dog Show will take place.

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Trump, an 18-month-old Havanese from Southwick, Mass. checks out the potty-break area in the lower lobby of the Hotel Pennsylvania. "He is the goofiest, happiest dog," says his owner, Karen Duprat, "He makes me laugh all day with the stuff he does."

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Dougherty, a 10-year-old Chinese Crested from Raleigh, North Carolina, is a two-time veteran of Westminster.

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Chitawee's Jest in Case, also known as Casey, a French Bulldog from Southwest City, Missouri, chills out on the lap of his owner, Kathy Clayton, in the lobby of the Hotel Pennsylvania on Sunday, Feb. 13, the day before the start of the Westminster Dog Show. "He's not even two years old," Clayton says, "You can have a great show dog, but he can be a butt. This guy just loves everybody."

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Professional dog handler Polly Lamarine shares her room at another dog-friendly hotel with her Pug, Silvertown Dyn-O-Mite and nine other dogs. Lamarine has handled dogs in every Westminster Dog Show since 1965.

Check back Monday and Tuesday for our exclusive, behind-the-scenes coverage of the show.