If you’re not familiar with American Kennel Club’s annual Meet the Breeds event, here’s a quick run-down: Each fall, about 160 breeds of dogs and 50 breeds of cats go on display at the Jarvis Center in New York, each in its own themed booth. (The Corgi booth, for example, featured an old lady dressed up like Queen Elizabeth and a cardboard Westminster Abbey.) Then for one weekend, AKC invites the general public to walk down aisles of dogs and cats, to pet and canoodle all the breeds.
I went to Meet The Breeds for the first time Saturday, and as far as I’m concerned it’s the pinnacle of fun New York culture. Animal people from all over the city come to one giant room to make kissy-face with French Bulldogs and talk in baby-voices to droopy-face Basset Hounds, all while making silent plans to finally find a landlord who allows pets. Really—there’s nothing like a convention center full of dogs to turn hard-edged New Yorkers into docile, baby-talking sweethearts.
My only regret was leaving early. About an hour after I left, the cat owners threw their yearly cat fashion show, which I had to witness through texts from an excited friend (“You just missed a cat dressed up as a prince that hated it so much he clawed his owner!!! hahahaha”).
Thank goodness for the Internet! Today The Sun published a whole list of annoyed looking cats in costumes from Meet the Breeds. Here are our favorites. And here’s a link for Meet The Breeds so you can go next year.