The 142nd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show goes down today and tomorrow in New York City. In lieu of a preview, Deadspin arranged an exclusive sit-down with a 5-year-old black Labrador retriever named Zeal—one of the favorites in the obedience competition—and his owner, Petra Ford.
Zeal and Ford, a certified canine rehabilitation therapist, live in North Jersey. In December, Zeal placed first in the masters division (highest level) at the AKC national championships. Zeal’s father, Tyler, was a two-time obedience national champion. As you can see in the video above, Zeal is better disciplined than I am. He’s also both a good doggie and a pleasantly insightful interview.
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