Put it on paws: Dog lovers from Norway to Nicaragua to Nairobi log in to watch Westminster

Associated Press

The Westminster Kennel Club show starts next week in New York and dog lovers all over the world can step right into the judging ring, thanks to a new tech at America's top pooch pageant.

The Westminster app will give viewers a live look at each of the more than 2,700 dogs entered.

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Far-flung fans from small island off the coast of Australia to a hotel veranda overlooking the ocean in Nicaragua say they're planning to watch the breed competition that begins Monday.

The Westminster show started in 1877. The event has become more tech savvy in recent times, and last year hired a social media company to oversee its online presence.

Westminster says fans watched streaming video last February from 168 countries, including Kenya, Libya and Uzbekistan.

This year's winner will be chosen Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.