Entering the holding room, a white-washed square where the contestants await their time on the turf, I was met with a child's (or anyone's) dream: a room filled with puppies. Big puppies, small puppies, sleeping puppies, drooling puppies, one-eyed puppies - they were all there. Their owners were there too, touting the puppies' charms with distinctly toddler-beauty-pageant-mom pride to anyone who would listen.
Many of the puppies are the pets of people who simply wanted to show off their dogs - and think that their pets have what it takes to compete at the big leagues. Others are brought by rescues in the hopes that the stardom will attract a home for the pups. Most of them have already been adopted!