Christopher Guest’s classic spoof Best in Show was just the tip of the iceberg. But Connie Newcomb proves that real life eclipses reel life every time in Dog Show Confidential: Sneaking in the Back Door of Westminster.

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to arrive at Manhattan’s Westminster Dog Show, the mother of all dog shows, this is your guide! See how competitive the process is, how it starts with finding a puppy with potential, and how the road to becoming a champion often begins with a series of false starts. Read an up close and personal look at the sacrifices owners make with little reward except bragging rights; contrary to popular opinion, there are few cash prizes on the dog show circuit.

So why do people give up any semblance of a normal life to do it? You'll find out in this wry insider’s perspective of an eccentric way of life most people never see. [Read more]
  • Dog Show Confidential: Sneaking in the Back Door of Westminster - by Connie Newcomb

    Dog Show Confidential: Sneaking in the Back Door of Westminster - by Connie Newcomb

  • Grand Champion El Grande Rock of Love Bobchi, AKA Rocky

    Grand Champion El Grande Rock of Love Bobchi

  • Rocky on the judging stand at Westminister 2012

    Rocky on the judging stand at Westminister

  • Rocky takes his walk at Westminister 2012

    Rocky takes his walk at Westminister 2012

  • Rocky's championship win at Black Mountain Kennel Club

    Rocky wins at Black Mountain Kennel Club

  • Bill wins Best Puppy at Ramapo

    Bill wins Best Puppy at Ramapo

  • Gypsy wins at Bryn Mawr

    Gypsy at Bryn Mawr Kennel Club

  • Yoshi at Brooks Kennel Club

    Yoshi at Brooks Kennel Club

  • Rocky at Westminster Kennel Club dog show

    Rocky at Westminster Kennel Club dog show

  • Rocky at Chambersburg Kennel Club

    Rocky at Chambersburg Kennel Club

  • Kateat at Harrisburg Kennel Club

    Kateat at Harrisburg Kennel Club

  • Rocky in New York for Westminster

    Rocky in New York for the Westminster show

  • Rocky  in newspaper for Westminister 2011

    Rocky in newspaper for Westminister 2011

  • Bill surveys the scene

    Bill surveys the scene

  • Rocky gets in the Christmas spirit

    Rocky gets in the Christmas spirit

  • Katie gets ready for a show

    Katie gets ready for a show

  • Katie mugs for the camera

    Katie mugs for the camera

  • Leeloo, Carl, Gypsy, & Jack

    Leeloo, Carl, Gypsy, & Jack

  • The puppies greet the morning sun

    The puppies greet the morning sun

  • Rocky wins breed at 2013 Penn Treaty Kennel Club

    Rocky wins breed at Penn Treaty Kennel Club

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Dog Stories With Happy Endings My second book, DOG STORIES WITH HAPPY ENDINGS, is now available in paperback & in digital Kindle format through Amazon.com. It is a collection of stories from friends and family guaranteed to make you smile - a vivid walk down memory lane for anyone who has ever loved a pet. From German shepherd, RinTinTin, dubbed the "smartest dog ever," to a lucky mutt named Penny Lane who was rescued twice, this book spotlights pets whose adventures - and misadventures - became part of family history. A portion of the proceeds from the sale to Peaceable Kingdom Animal Shelter. Please visit www.dogstorieswithhappyendings.com.
What They Are Saying About The Book...
"A refreshing hybrid of laughter and sadness, this friendly first-person chronicle paints a vivid portrait of a complex but stirring sport few on the outside understand."

-- Ranny Green, award-winning columnist and DWAA Hall of Fame Inductee

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DOG SHOW CONFIDENTIAL is now available in paperback through Amazon.com & Barnes & Noble as well as in Kindle editions. Buy it today or take a free peak!
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