- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 12, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) Tamaia Lynch cleared out the other customers, making her way right up to the fragrance counter.
"I know what I want," she said.
Without hesitating, she picked up a cologne bottle, the one scented with Lilies of the Valley and selling for $40. She breathed in the aroma, sure that it was the perfect perfume for her dog.
Even the Italian greyhounds, kuvaszoks and the samoyeds that don't win a ribbon at the Westminster Kennel Club show might walk away with a treat or two. Maybe a Gooberlicious dog chew made with peanut butter or a Giggle Wiggle rubber toy or perhaps Vision Aid, a supplement to improve their eyesight.
Miss Lynch's three dogs could look forward to La Pooch II, one of the five fragrances that Michel Raviol was selling Monday backstage at Madison Square Garden. There's also the special holiday scent he breaks out just for Christmas, made in the south of France and costing $250 for 3.4 ounces. Pooch du Noel is available in finer stores, such as Bloomingdale's.
"People think we're whacked," he said. "But they buy it."
Miss Lynch did. She works for a veterinarian in the District, and they use the perfumes for the pooches at their office.
"I mean, it smells good enough for a human," she said. "No, I haven't tried that yet. But, yeah, I've been tempted."
A few of the 2,603 dogs competing smelled success Monday as the judging began at America's biggest and most prestigious show.
Mick, the Kerry blue terrier that came close to winning best in show the last two years, won the terrier group. He's among the favorites this time, along with a German shepherd called Dallas who hoped to take the title last night.
Josh, a personable Newfoundland who turned around to soak in the crowd's cheers and watch himself on the big screen video board, won the working group.
Later, the toy and nonsporting groups were to be judged. The sporting, hound and herding groups were to go yesterday.
About 10 million were expected to watch the two-day event on the USA Network. Absent, however, from this year's lineup was Joe Garagiola after a nine-year run on the Westminster telecasts.
"They told me they decided to go in a different direction," he said. "They own the candy store. I only work in it."
For most of the day, there were as many people roaming around backstage as there were watching the competition out front in the seven rings. Thousands of dog fans and fanciers had their choice of thousands of canine items to purchase.
Vendor Wayne Ferguson was attending his 34th Westminster show. When he started, he set up a card table and beach umbrella. Now, his Cherrybrook booth was manned by a half-dozen employees and stocked with 4,600 products, such as Crazy Dog twin turbo hair dryers, kangaroo leads and hundreds of shampoos and conditioners.
A couple of stands sold Breath Busters packed with eucalyptus and parsley exactly what dogs might need after snacking on the many flavored treats available.
Dr. Jackie Fulop picked up a package of Pisa Pizza chews, made with real mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. She was sure her rottweiler would like that.
"The people get the pizza and he'll get the Pisa Pizza," she said.

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