Obviously, the entire dog show industry is insane. We all saw that documentary. But it’s not insane because of how these lovable companions are put through the types of rigors and vicarious dream displacement that should be reserved for pageant children. It’s not insane because of how the time and care that owners often put into getting their dogs show-ready far outweighs the time and care they put into most other aspects of their lives and it shows. It’s not insane because of how the strict judging standards and the formal seriousness of the competition completely overwhelms the spontaneity and animal nature of what being a dog actually means.
It’s insane because how can you just pick one?!!! Look at these wonderful guys!
AWWWWWWWW. You look good, girls! It’s like the Puppy Bowl all over again. You put Schroeder in there and watch him nap up all the awards. Literally. By napping.
Of course, Videogum loves a winner. We’re as much about the overdog as we are about the under. So we have to give the champ his due. From the New York Times:
At 10 years old, Stump the Sussex spaniel should be well into his dotage. Instead, the dog who technically retired four years ago took home Best in Show on Tuesday at the 133rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club show at Madison Square Garden, becoming the oldest to win the award.
Stump, officially named Ch. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee, might have surprised aficionados, who had their eye on a giant schnauzer, but the crowd clearly preferred the jaunty spaniel. Stump was greeted with deafening applause each time he plodded around the ring.
Congratulations, Ch. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee. Congratulations, EVERYONE!