Behind-the-scenes: 'Starting Point' welcomes 2013 Westminster Dog Show winner Banana Joe and contenders

"Banana Joe," was named Best in Show at this year's 2013 Westminster Dog Show. He appeared on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" Thurs., Feb. 14th.
We here at "Starting Point" are used to covering hard news stories, and speaking to big newsmakers. But what you may not know is...we've got a big soft spot for dogs. Like, epic.
The dogs arrived promptly to our Time Warner Center studio, and let's just say we were more than excited. The two new breeds in this year's competition were getting ready for air: Perla, a Russell Terrier and Meg, a treeing walker coonhound. The green room...had gone to the dogs.
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    One even admired the view of Columbus Circle just before the big blizzard hit the Northeast.
    This dog was up pretty early, so a big yawn was to be expected. And was adorable.
    We thought about resurrecting the dog cage we were hoping to use for the Puppy Bowl guests, but we quickly realized that the awesomeness of Westminster dogs couldn't be contained.
    Even our crew were smitten with the dogs.
    While we got the set ready for our four-legged guests, 2012 winner Malachy and his owner had to make sure his hair looked just right.
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    Yes, the grooming does take a while.
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    Of course, shenanigans were bound to occur once the dogs got a look at each other.
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    Soledad was only too excited to meet the new breeds and reigning champ!
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    Malachy was especially happy to see Soledad.
    Everyone had a great time and we were sad for the segment to be over.
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    But we knew we would be speaking to Banana Joe, the 2013 Westminster Dog Show winner on Thurs, Feb. 14th, so we were happy again.
    John Berman might have fallen in love just a little bit.
      And Soledad...well...let's just say dogs really like Soledad.
      If you missed our segments with Malachy, Perla, Meg and Banana Joe, check out the video below.
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