By Maggie Mah/Special to The Almanac
Menlo Park's celebrity canine, Marco, a 4-year-old Tibetan spaniel, is heading soon for New York City to compete in the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which is set for Feb. 9 through 11.
He will be happily traveling with his human companion and caregiver, Diana Gerba, who tells The Almanac that Marco has that special "look at me quality" that has earned the nod from judges in numerous competitions across the country. "Marco can really turn it on," Gerba says of her companion's charm and ability to impress seasoned judges.
The Westminster show is the country's top of the A-list of canine show ring competitions. Marco will compete in a field of more than 2,600 champion dogs from 49 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and 19 other countries.
The full story and more photos of Marco and Gerba will appear in The Almanac's Feb. 12 print edition. Meanwhile, you can view show events on television and via livestreaming on the Westminster website.
Marco's "breed" class event is on Monday, Feb. 10, at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, and will be livestreamed at 6:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. Judging for classes leading up to the "Best in Show" finale will be on Tuesday evening starting at 7:30 p.m. EST.
For the full show schedule, go here.