The Only 8 Photos You Need to See from the Westminster Dog Show

Abby the poodle at the Westminster dog show

Tiffany Hagler-Geard/People.com

updated 02/10/2014 AT 5:45 PM ET

originally published 02/10/2014 AT 5:30 PM ET

Like any dogged journalist, we go where the story is.

And today, that’s the 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York City, where over 2,000 canines are competing for one very important title: Best in Show.

But before any of these dogs can claim victory, they need to look their best. Preparation is key and requires many hours – not to mention hairbrushes, combs and products. We trekked to the hub of this year’s canine chaos, Piers 92/94, to give you a glimpse of the fur flying. The mane event airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. on USA Network.

Adam the smooth collie



Carlton the poodle



Honey Boo Boo the toy poodle



Inuk the American Eskimo



Keeper the Shih Tzu



Layla the bichon frise



Wesley the rough collie