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Crufts kicks off this week!
In anticipation, we revisit last years’ dog fest.

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Best in Show—Christopher Guest’s farcical mockumentary about the world of canine championship—lampoons middle-class eccentrics and their manicured dogs. There’s Meg (Parker Posey), who fears her Weimaraner, Beatrice, is traumatised from watching her have sex; and Cookie (Catherine O’Hara), who records ditties about her Norwich terrier, Winky, aka “Champion Thank You Neil Sedaka”. We went behind the scenes at Crufts and discovered that dog shows really are more about the owners than the dogs. Sad to report we didn’t witness any dominatrix trainers or dogs avenging judges, but we did find something darkly humourous about the whole affair.


Photography by João Bento

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