by Chris Nafekh
1. Tate Street Coffee (GSO)
Performing Thursday night is a rite of passage for UNCG jazz students. The café fills with people, many of whom search fruitlessly for a free seat. The baristas are normally open to light conversation but a steady flow of business keeps them hustling behind the counter. Thursday is by far the busiest night of the week.
Editor in Chief Brian Clarey explains why show dogs are practically a different species in this week’s Triad City Beat cover story about the business of dog show.
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by Brian Clarey
photos by Caleb Smallwood
A Yorkie named Star prances excitedly on the Astroturf-ed runway, never taking her tiny black eyes off the orange ball in the hand of her owner, Robin Hutson of Greensboro.
Before them, a temporary pool constructed from laminated canvas and PVC pipe catches medallions of white light from the late-morning sun here in the parking lot of the Greensboro Coliseum. Hutson fakes the throw into the pool once, twice, then lobs it into the pool just a few feet from the precipice. Without the benefit of a good running start, Star launches herself into the water and lands five feet out. Nothing close to the record here on the second day of the Carolina Kennel Club’s annual dog show, but not bad for a pooch that’s roughly the size of a loaf of bread.
]The next diver, Violet, looks to have some Portuguese water-dog in her bloodline. Unconcerned with the competition, she’s ready to get in now. So one man holds her by the shoulders at the end of the runway as her owner tosses a bundle of sticks to the center of the pool. Violet explodes from the makeshift starting block and covers the distance to the edge in a sprint. But, like almost every other dog that will visit the Diving Dogs tent out here in the lot, she hesitates at the diving platform before jumping in the water.
Still, she makes it 14 feet.
The record so far, says Steve Mize, in from Jefferson, Ga. to run the tent all weekend, was a black lab named Mandy who made 24 feet on the first day.
The Dog Dive is sanctioned by the American Kennel Club, the same organization that governs the dog show circuit ranging from regional conformations like this one, held in the Special Events Center of the coliseum, to the big dance: the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, aired live from Madison Square Garden every year on Thanksgiving Day. The blueblood event is the second-oldest annual sporting event in the United States. The first one was held in 1877, just two years after the first Kentucky Derby and seven years before the AKC
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by Eric Ginsburg
Watching from Washington, DC, NC A&T University graduate Brittney Drakeford can hardly believe her former city’s evolution.
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by Chris Nafekh 1. Tate Street Coffee (GSO) Performing Thursday night is a rite of passage for UNCG jazz students. The café fills with people, many of whom…
by Brian Clarey photos by Caleb Smallwood A Yorkie named Star prances excitedly on the Astroturf-ed runway, never taking her tiny black eyes off the orange ball in…
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