Westminster's Most Paw-some Moments – So Far!

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2013: Photos
You snooze, you lose? Not when you're as adorable as this Bichon Frise
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updated 02/12/2013 at 10:00 AM EST

originally published 02/12/2013 11:00AM

It may be Fat Tuesday, but as any dog lover knows, the real action is at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Dogs of every shape, size and color – including two new breeds who were admitted into competition this year – have taken over several New York City locations, including Madison Square Garden, and the contest is starting to get fur-rocious.

We know you'd rather be at home watching these pooches strut their stuff, but since you're probably otherwise occupied, here's a taste of all the canine pageantry taking place:

Westminster's Most Paw-some Moments – So Far!| Dogs, Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

This Afghan Hound is 'hair' to stay

Monika Graff / Landov


Westminster's Most Paw-some Moments – So Far!| Dogs, Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Don't they know I need my beauty sleep? This Dogue de Bordeux, named Azlo, is ready to retire to his room at the Hotel Pennsylvania

Carlo Allegri / Landov


Westminster's Most Paw-some Moments – So Far!| Dogs, Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

A kiss for good luck! There's no ill will between Boston terriers Gaga (left) and Spitzer

Keith Bedford / Landov


Westminster's Most Paw-some Moments – So Far!| Dogs, Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Last year's winner, Malachy, returns to the limelight to turn the Empire State Building purple and gold (with a little help from a furry friend) in honor of Westminster's kickoff

Bryan Smith / ZUMA


Check back tonight to see who takes home top prize!





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