20,000 hounds hit Helsinki, all vying to be named top dog
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I’m looking at a punk-rock poodle. Or at least that’s what I think I’m looking at. His name is Jasper; he’s short and covered in curly gray-white hair. He has what looks like a mohawk on top of his head, and it’s so well constructed that I’m tempted to ask his groomer, Wendy Wouters, if Jasper is a fan of the Sex Pistols.
Turns out Jasper’s not punk at all. Nor is he a poodle. He’s an energetic 11-month-old Bedlington terrier–and he’s just been dubbed junior-level champion of his breed. Jasper, Wouters and I are standing in a lively (and smelly) dog exercise area outside Helsinki’s gargantuan Messukeskus exhibition center, which is playing host to the 2014 World Dog Show, sponsored by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale–the association of international kennel clubs.