Sport: Pampered Poodle

When they rummage through clues to their past, future anthropologists may find no more intriguing tribal customs than those practiced at the 82nd Westminster Kennel Club dog show, the two-day rite that packed Manhattan's Madison Square Garden last week with 2,500 dogs and 40,000 humans.

Well-dressed but rudely shoving crowds bellied up to endless rows of benches to adore nearly 100 varieties of dog. The air bristled with ammoniac fumes. To prepare the quadruped idols for the worshiping throng, handlers laved them in exotic ceremonies. They rubbed chalk into the hides of sheep...

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