John Swansburg

@swansburg

Culture Editor, Slate.com.

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Got to jump on this #bassetsrunning meme while it's still hot. Virgil at full gallop:

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I love these two faces (one canine, one human).

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It's not just Day 1 of Westminster, it's also Valentine's Day. A bloodhound gives his handler a smooch:

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The drool rag, a must-have item in the bloodhound handler's toolkit. Also makes a nice bonnet.

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I forgot my brush; can anyone spare one? #westminster

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After 15 minutes of grueling competition, the bassets retreat to the benching area for a well-earned nap:

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This guy took home the best of basset honors. He also had the best snood, a Scooby Doo themed number:

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Another basset hound in his pre-game snood, from this morning's breed competition at Westminster.

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Before entering the show ring, basset hounds wear snoods to keep their ears from getting mussed. #westminster

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Doing research in the field for my screenplay.

Great question. A little friend for the main tree? Several trees had them. This juniper beauty, e.g.

"Bring my shuttle."

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I'll help you dislodge your snowmobile from that tree, but first let me snap a picture so we can laugh about this later:

Crepuscular funicular ride, Park City, Utah:

You could at least say excuse me.

I'll be out of pocket for a few hours:

And a good afternoon to you, Parson Brown.

Paid a visit to Eero Saarinen's hockey rink. Seats not as comfy as a womb chair, but otherwise fantastic:

George Positive + Spiderfang in Bushwick, Brooklyn:

If you have a vintage Mustang this fly, you bring your own boot, to keep creeps like myself from getting any ideas:

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