See, after the Min Pin won the Toy Group, a very pretty girl – Alicia Quarles I believe – interviewed the handler, Armando Angelbello. I was gobsmacked to see her take the blue ribbon from the man and clip it to her dress at the bustline. This was shortly after the ever-so-savvy question: “I think this bow is bigger than Classy, what are you going to do with it?” Followed by, “Do you have a room for these [blue ribbons]? (Move over Barbara Walters. Seriously. You suck at reporting Babs. Your questions are NO WHERE near as hard-hitting and informative as Alicia’s.)
Why is it that dog shows don’t get the respect they deserve? Why is it that color commentators carry on such inane banter as if dog shows aren’t to be taken seriously because, well, because they’re dog shows? (Thank goodness for David Frei, communications director, who tries, and succeeds for the most part, to bring the silly back to the serious when explaining and educating viewers about dogs, dog breeds and shows.)
Are dog shows less significant than any other sporting event where time, talent, energy and dedication is a lifelong passion? There’s no difference, to me anyway, in football, baseball, tennis or track. Or companion animal trials and competition. Really. There isn’t.
It’s all about athletic training and discipline. Whether it’s a national AKC event or a local mixed breed agility course. Or Earthdog competition.
Dogs are no different. We deserve better.
I don’t think Ms. Quarles would have taken the Wimbledon cup away from (insert any winner’s name here) during an interview. Do you?
SPEAKING OF SPORTS…this just in. Read it. And weep. There are so many things wrong with the Sochi games. On so many levels. Or: you can read this and help. Somehow. Reblog it. Cut and paste the story. Email it to help gain awareness. To all my brethren and sistren…I wish this wasn’t happening to you, but let’s thank Dawgness there are people like these who help. (I don’t usually like Fox news, but maybe they got the facts straight this time.)
Sorry. Tuesday has turned into a downer.
But wait…over at Rumpy’s blog, there may be some good news along the horizon for strays at sports events. Thanks Rumpy.