Thank Goodness for David Frei. And This Just In. From Sochi.

big boy photoWas it just me? Or did anyone else notice the poor reporting on the floor at Westminster last night? (If you could even call it that.)

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 SPORTSthis 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.

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Winston welcomes you to The Scottie Chronicles - a blog that began in 2009 as a voice for Stuart, a more than memorable black, brindle and white Scottish Terrier who captured hearts around the world. Stuart passed suddenly in December 2015 from cardiac hemangiosarcoma, a nasty cancer that took him far too early. If you love Scotties, please follow along. Arroooo!
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15 Responses to Thank Goodness for David Frei. And This Just In. From Sochi.

  1. Toby and Banks says:

    You are a rock star, Mr. Stu. My humans were talking about the same silly interview, like maybe she was in high school and it was a project or something??? Anyway, I sat on my male human’s lap all night and watched and growled my opinion and everything ALL through the show!! Sometimes I even arroooed out loud. Can’t wait to watch again tonight. BTW, Banks just sleeps right through the whole show. Drives me crazy…..

    Have fun watching tonight……. Toby

  2. Edgar says:

    Well said, Stu! Mum and I don’t get the channel that the dog show is on, but she has loved the show since her childhood, and we completely agree!

    Edgar and his mum

  3. Lee says:

    Stuart you are in a stew, maybe you have been watching to much television.
    Sweet William The Scot

  4. corkscot says:

    Mom has a theory. She says that all commentators are paid by the word and that they have to keep talking or their compensation will diminish. We watch almost all sporting events with the sound off.

  5. corkscot says:

    Thanks for the link to Rumpy Dog.

  6. susieandsidebite says:

    We listen for the intelligent things about each pupper (yep you can sure tell when someone is not a pupper person by what they say. We loves just looking at all our fur pals showing off. Can’t wait for the Scottie, then we are gonna bark our brains out for her or him!

    The Mad Scots

  7. Kyla says:

    Nobody enjoys the show more than Kaci who is a little piston in front of the TV. That interview didn’t turn her on either.

  8. Daisy says:

    We totally agree! We thought for a second we were watching “Best In Show” spoofs. Such bad reporting. We kind of wished someone would pee on the bad reporter.

  9. Whitley says:

    Da commentatin were pretty terrible – but to be honest, it is at a lot of human sports events too. Sometimes, da college football ones make my momma feel like her head are splodin!

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