Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Best in show…

A few of you mentioned wanting to know what those crazy dogs of mine have been up to. Okay, one of you mentioned it, but still.

Last night we settled into the recliners to watch our favorite show.

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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The girls were quick to pick out their favorites in the Hound Group. Zoe is pretty sure she’s related to a Whippet. The Whippet won the hound group, as Zoe knew she would.

We pretty much skimmed over the Toy group, because, well, they’re just stupid. They’re little and fluffy and yappy. High maintenance for such little dogs. There was one that we particularly liked:


The short-haired Chihuahua was quite a little character. When we went to the pound to pick a dog, this is kind of what I was looking for. I ended up with Zoe, the Whippet wannabe. A little lot bigger, but still a character.






Speaking of Zoe, she had a special interest in this fellow here. She never lived in Trinidad with us, but I still play the Caribbean music all the time, so it doesn’t surprise me at all that she would fall for the Rasta man:

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Like I said, we just skimmed over the Toy group. The girls were most interested in the Non-Working group, because, well…that’s us in a nutshell. The Non-Working Group. I don’t know that I would have been able to hold their interest until our group came on if it weren’t for the commercials.

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Finally it was time for the Non-Working Group. While there are plenty of dogs who don’t work, there was only one we were interested in:


Oh, she was the darling! As they were making their run down and back, the handler was squeaking a little toy. It was too cute to see little Ms. Bulldog jumping and looking excited. Of course, she was our favorite to win the group.

Before the show started and during breaks, it was mentioned that these are regular dogs, people’s pets. They live in the home and do what other “normal” dogs do. Yeah, I’m not seeing it:




It was time for the judging of the deadbeat Non-Working dogs. The tension was palpable in the room as we waited to see if our dog would win. How could she not? Look at this face!

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Look at this form!

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But alas, it was not to be. Our beautiful bulldog took third in the lay-on-the-couch-and-sleep-all-day group. Here is the winner and the dog who will go on to compete for Best of Show:



Well, at least it’s  a bulldog, even if it is a French one. Personally? I don’t see what this little Parisian poop machine has over the beautiful bulldog, but whatever. I’m a good sport, right?








I would totally have entered this blue ribbon beauty if they didn’t have, you know, rules. Rules that say something about papers and lineage, blahblahblah. Oh, and you also have to win more than the Diamonds in the Ruff contest at the local dog park.





In the interest of good sportsmanship and the fact that we will not be working, the girls and I will be watching the other half of the dog show. We will root for the little French pipsqueak Bulldog to win best of show. Because any bulldog is better than no bulldog. Right, Phoebe?


  1. Lona would love to come over and watch the dog show with you. I don't let her watch it 'cause sometimes I think she feels a little lost 'cause I don't know where she came from or what kind of dog she is other than a. Really Cool and b.All Sorts of Adorable. Apprantly those aren't real breeds.

    I'm glad your pups enjoyed the show!

  2. That's so cool that you watch the dog show with your girls. My two dogs are not at all interested in the "dog beauty show" and would rather wrestle in the snow in the backyard. Boys.

  3. My manicurist has a Frenchie so I'll be sure to give her the good news when I see her later today. I have two German Shepherds; neither are show-worthy but terrific pets and bed warmers. Boris' best friend was an English bulldog named Mabel when he was in puppy obedience.

  4. We are STILL waiting for the Arlington Hamster Show to get to town, and then we'll really have a night of fun and excitement over here.

  5. Oh, my neighbor has bulldogs. i love them so much. Yours is beautiful. It's so amazing to me that this fierce looking dog has such a wonderfully sweet temperament.

  6. I just don't see it. I mean, I love you and your pooches. But gorgeous? Um... I don't think so. Phoebe to me is the mutt that always licks my feet... ewwww. And Zoe will always be the dog that ate my shoe. What is it with your dogs and my feet?

    I guess I'm just a cat person (even though I have two dogs). Oh, and a frog person (fake ones, not real ones).

  7. Sharon,
    I'm thinking it isn't so much about my dogs as about your feet. Have you ever thought of that, hmm?

  8. You are just a nut and I loved this post, funny, funny girl.

  9. I loved the juxtaposition of the poodle pic and the birdbath pic! Great post.

    Did I miss a pic of Zoe in there?


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