Indio woman to judge at 146th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Bergit Coady-Kabel has come a long way since learning how to check canine anal glands….

Bergit Coady-Kabel has come a long way since learning how to check canine anal glands. After a lifetime of grooming and showing award-winning dogs, the 73-year-old Indio resident will be a judge at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show — the oldest dog show in the U.S.

“That’s a show that you want to go to,” Coady-Kabel said, describing it as glamourous, charming and splashy. She’s shown numerous dogs at Westminster and has attended almost every year, but this will be her first time attending as a judge. 

She retired from being a handler in 2016 following a diagnosis of multiple myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells. When her cancer went into remission, though, she started the process to become a judge and judged her first show in 2018.