Henry Ward Ranger and friend. Ranger was an American artist, born in western New York State. He became a prominent landscape and marine painter, much of his work being done in the Netherlands, and showing the influence of the modern Dutch school. (January 29, 1858 – November 7, 1916 )
This past weekend, back when Banana Joe’s victory was just a whisper in his owner’s heart, the photographer Landon Nordeman found himself holed up in the Pennsylvania Hotel, where hundreds of dogs and their owners were gathered in preparation for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and the events that surround the annual competition. In the course of three days, Landon and his team produced studio portraits of the hotel’s canine guests. Nordeman, who regularly photographs for The New Yorker’s Goings On About Town section, is no stranger to dog photography; in fact, his first assignment for the magazine was to photograph a border collie for a story by Susan Orlean. This is his third visit to Westminster (we published sets of his photos from the show in 2010 and 2011), and, last fall, he travelled to Romania to photograph Euro Dog 2012. Click-through for a slideshow of portraits from his weekend at the Hotel Pennsylvania: http://nyr.kr/XAlAqd
She was bought from a farm for ten bucks, an intended playmate for his grandkids. His sons laughed at him.
“That terrier isn’t going to appeal to our kids,” they said. This made Granddad unhappy, but he was a Cocker Spaniel breeder who didn’t know much about terriers, and he kept the Wire Fox Terrier anyway. He took her along to show one day where a terrier breeder saw her. “Why aren’t you showing that dog?” he asked. “She’s a fine specimen.” So George Quintard took her into the ring, and she came out a winner. He eventually sold the dog to to someone in the United States for $2500, and that $10 dog went on to win Best in Show at Westminster in 1915 AND 1916. She was CH Matford Vic.
- Westminster Kennel Club
More Westminster rags-to-riches stories.
Two years before he won Best in Show at Westminster, this Scottie was owned by a butcher. At the Leadenhall Meat Market in London, “Jock” attracted the attention of Samuel Wilson of Yorkshire who offered the meat man $15 for the dog. When Wilson learned that the dog had a pedigree, he offered $5 more. After some preparation, “Jock” was sent on a round of minor shows where he had success. Andrew Albright, on a trip to England, bought Jock for $500 and brought him to the US. In 1910, he was Winners Dog, but Jock did a bit better in 1911 when he won the top honor at Westminster. He became CH Tickle-Em-Jock.
- Westminster Kennel Club
A “rags to riches” story.