|Barked: Sun Feb 19, '12 12:18am PST |
|Oy, I am really disappointed with that blog. Oh for shame, Dogster!
Would have been really groovy, wouldn't it have?????, to have used the Peke's win for a serious look at extremes in show dogs. That would seem Dogster-ish, or what they.....the powers that be at the Dogster king castle.....would propose Dogster ought be. Ya know, for "the love of dog."
Pretty amateurish, too, for the judge's job is to judge to the standard. Westminster's job is to invite the very best specials of the year who represent the standard. For the handlers to show the dogs to the standard. They are all doing their job. The only one to blame are the breed ambassadors, who write those standards and who educate judges as to how to interpret them.
As for the Malachy, the dog, he is to the standard. We don't have to like the standard....we can, and ought, object, vehemently, but not to the dog. He has such a killer expression, that's a good measure of why he has won as much as he has, and when the judge did her walk by, he did just as Sussex Stump had done before.....gave her the goo goo eyes and said pick ME, ya know you are going to! So tribble or no, a show dog is a professional, and Malachy kicked some major dog arse that night. And that is what Westminster is about. A show down of the specials, the titans of the show dog world.
Agree with Wat.....was thrilled to see Emily the Irish get in. She showed exactly like an Irish should....all smiles. My mentor told me that if an Irish doesn't smile while gaiting, don't even bother showing it
Interesting how things can go wrong. Back when I was in my teens, there was a stage where the Irish Setters were getting really heavy bodied....not true to the Irish at all. Made the more physically awesome, it was a definite trend, but way too extreme, and it was successfully fought back by properly educating judges. So it can happen. In some breed clubs it does, in others it doesn't.....but it always comes down to the people. To the BREED people. Best remember that.
Extreme? Yes. The terminator on the floor that night, far larger than life than any other entrant? BUTT KICKING SHOW DOG? You betcha bottom dollar he was Was the pick in Vegas as well, I think. Still had to show on the day, and he did. The Pekes problems not withstanding, was a deserving winner. Westminsters job is to bring a bunch of top representatives of their standards onto one stage, put them in enough calamity to make them crack, and see who shines best. No doubt who did.
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