By Paul Lomax
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN — The second day of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was in full swing Tuesday as top breeders from across the United States paraded their pedigreed pooches in hopes of being declared Best in Show.
Robin Sieranksi of Long Island and Remy, her 2-year-old Welsh Springer, were among the hopeful contenders.
"We're going for the best of breed competition. He's a local lad, so we have our paws crossed that he'll do well," Sieranksi told DNAinfo.
Professional handler Adriano Rocho, 32, said his 2-year-old Giant Schnauzer, Jack, from North Carolina, was the best dog for the honor.
"He's a great dog, a joy to work with. We're competing in the best of breed competition. This show is so much fun and it's great to come and talk to the other breeders."
Jayne Myers, 39, from Tampa, Florida, said she and her 3-year-old black-coated Retriever Cobie were hoping for the best in the sporting group section.
"Cobie's father, Brady, a Clussex Country Sunrise Spaniel, won ... back in 1996 so we're hoping his son can win something here today," Myers said.
Her husband, Greg Myers, added that no matter which dog wins, it's an honor to be part of the excitement.
"It's all about being on the green carpet in Madison Square Garden," Myers said.