Little Cuter loved watching this. We'd record it and spend hours reviewing the coats and the tails and the gaits. Her green, hard cover Ultimate Dog Book was by her side; confirming the announcer's descriptions. We had allergy restrictions so dander was always an issue, but that didn't stop us from admiring the collies and the St. Bernards and the other fluffy four footed creatures prancing on the green carpet.
Murphy, the world's stupidest dog, usually curled up on the couch next to us. He was sweet and loving but definitely not show dog material. There wasn't very much going on behind his eyes, not much beyond sit-and-stay and Murphy-there's-cheese-on-the-floor. G'ma tried to teach him to fetch, and after 45 minutes of laughing and coaxing and guffawing and tantalizing she threw up her hands and agreed : This is a dumb dog.
We loved him then and we love him in memory. That seems to be the dominant emotion at Westminster, too. Everyone loves the dogs and the handlers and the judges. There's no snarkiness, beyond reminding humans that terriers have minds of their own, and don't take kindly to intrusions. "They allow you the illusion of assuming that THEY are living with YOU, when it's obviously the opposite."
There are Bergamasco, sheep herding dogs, who live in Brooklyn and poodles who live on hobby farms. There are dogs created for specific jobs - Bouvier de Flandres as a milk truck dog - and dogs whose sole purpose in life seems to be to snuggle. There are furry dogs who don't shed but need lots of grooming, and short haired dogs who freeze in Minnesota.
There are biblical dogs, like the Canaan dog, who were wild and then domesticated. There's nothing extra on that breed; it's been fine tuned over the millenia. That's not the only ancient dog showcased at Westminster. The are records of Cardigan Welsh Corgis as far back as 1200 BC.
I want them all. Even the ones who shed, the ones who need lots of exercise, the ones who are determined to train me as I try to train them. I'm not sure that I'd feel the same if they actually arrived om my doorstep, but it's shows like these that make me rethink my decision to pare down my responsibilities. It would be nice, I tell TBG, to have four feet and a wagging tail to greet us as we came through the door.
He reminds me that we have a dog - our granddog, Thomas Hawkeye, the multi-ethnic rescue hound SIR and Little Cuter keep around for Grandpu to take on walks. "When we miss him, we can visit him. When we're done, we can leave."
That's our plan for now, anyhow. After all, he's the perfect beast.
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