07/13/2012 10:37 am ET | Updated Jul 13, 2012

Chicago Westminster Dog Show? United Center Co-Chairman Writes Open Letter To Kennel Club

There's no question that Chicago is a city that's happy to roll out the red carpet for our dogs. But is it worthy of hosting the world's top pooches on a green one?

Rocky Wirtz, co-chairman of the United Center, made his case for relocating the country's biggest annual dog show from Madison Square Garden to his venue in an open letter to the Westminster Kennel Club, published in the Chicago Sun-Times Thursday:

Chicago is a city full of dog lovers — we go out of our way to make our dogs feel special every day. My wife, Marilyn, and I have two wonderful beagles at home: Bernie and Queenie. Thousands of acres of forest preserve trails, dog-friendly parks and beaches — yes, dog-friendly beaches — await here, meaning you never have to jet off to the Hamptons just to splash around with Fido.

Wirtz makes some good arguments, pointing to a recently-proposed city ordinance that would make it easier for dogs to join their owners in restaurants, and the indisputable fact that Illinois produced 2008's champion, Uno. (The beagle, the first of his breed to win Best in Show, was bred here, according to NBC Chicago.)

Wirtz's letter also takes a jab at New York's Mayor Bloomberg, whom he compares to a Yorkie, suggesting he'd lose in a standoff with Chicago's "pit bull" Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Read the whole letter at the Sun-Times.

Do you think Chicago would be more amenable to visiting dog owners than New York? Should we be considered to host the next Westminster Dog Show? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.


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