Rocky Wirtz Wants Westminster Dog Show

In an open letter to the Westminster Kennel Club, Wirtz extolled the virtues of Chicago as a dog town

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012  |  Updated 8:57 AM CDT
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Rocky Wirtz Wants Westminster Dog Show

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A golden retriever named Chloe, from Green Bay, Wis., awaits her breed competition at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

The co-chairman of the United Center wants a chance to turn the Madhouse into a prestigious doghouse.

Rocky Wirtz wrote an open letter in the Chicago Sun-Times to the Westminster Kennel Club this week asking to move the club's two-day dog show to Chicago.

Wirtz argues the Windy City is a better location for the show because the city is full of dog lovers, dog-friendly parks and beaches, and lots of dog-themed events.

"Yes, I’m aware of the international popularity and rich history of your extraordinary event," Wirtz wrote. "After 136 years, it is second only to the Kentucky Derby among continuous sporting events in the U.S. But you could have it so much better! And isn’t 136 years enough?"

He points to Uno, the Illinois-bred beagle and winner of Westminster's 2009 Best in Show

"Chicago rolled out the red carpet for him when he visited. ... And that’s exactly how Chicago would treat every one of your thousands of furry contestants."

Wirtz also gave a nod to his grandfather bringing the first ice shows to New Yorks Rockefeller Center, claiming Chicago's owed one.

"My guess is that if you asked your contestants for a “paw” vote, we’d win. But this is Chicago, and there’s politics in every decision. Rahm Emanuel vs. Michael Bloomberg? A pit bull vs. a Yorkie. I like Chicago’s chances."

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