You snooze, you lose? Not when you're as adorable as this Bichon Frise
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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:
This Afghan Hound is 'hair' to stay
Monika Graff / Landov
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
A kiss for good luck! There's no ill will between Boston terriers Gaga (left) and Spitzer
Keith Bedford / Landov
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!