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Curt Willis goes nose-to-nose with his Treeing Walker Coonhound during a news conference in New York on Monday. Treeing Walker Coonhounds are one of two breeds competing for the first time this year in the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which is scheduled to begin Feb. 11.
Madison, left, and Pepper, both Russell Terriers, sit on their owners lap before the news conference. Russell Terriers are also competing for the first time this year in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.