The Westminster Dog Show is dead to me.

First of all, the 13″ beagle from Monday night was robbed. He didn’t even place, which is a damned shame. He was so spunky! A bunch of us watched DOG SHOW! together because that’s who we are, and we all thought he was the hands-down winner of the hound group.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I was PSYCHED that the long-haired dachshund won the hound group. Li’l Frankfurter was proud that his peoples were represented.

But Best in Show went to the fox terrier. He beat the doxie and the Havanese and even the Sussex Spaniel who was the grandson of Stump, one of my favorite Best in Show winners EVER.

It was the 15th time a fox terrier won Best in Show at Westminster. A pal noted that he was sure the dog was a nice pup, but it was sort of like Tom Brady and the Patriots – can’t someone else have a chance?

Can you imagine if it were the dachshund? Those short little legs on those fat little ankles, frolicking in the Atlantic City surf during the traditional day-after-crowning photo op on the beach? That no-nonsense doxie way of firmly communicating the importance of his “World Peace Through Modeling” platform? The utter fit that dog would inevitably throw next year when he takes his last walk down the runway before crowning the next Best in Show? What that little dog could do with a lifetime supply of Catalina swimwear?

So many missed opportunities.

And yes, maybe my love of dog shows and my love of pageants have become … intertwined. But dog or woman, I know a winner when I see one.

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  • Reply Ernie February 15, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Oh brother – now I wish I had tuned in and watched. Our local morning news team showed a clip of a little white dog (my apologies for net even being up on my breeds. shameful) who was taking his time vs racing thru the little obstacle course. It looked all fine and acceptable until they showed another little guy totally flying around the same course. It was hilarious! Old English Sheepdogs are my personal fave. I don’t suppose any of them make it to the top ranks in this competition?

    • Reply Becky Brown February 18, 2019 at 10:31 pm

      I saw that little white dog taking his time, too! Oh, there are lessons to be learned from him – he was having a good time and took time to look around.

      I was enamored with the Old English Sheepdog in the dog show – he was gorgeous!

  • Reply melissa February 18, 2019 at 2:26 am

    I didn’t even watch it, but I always root for the underdog in this sort of competition.

    • Reply Becky Brown February 18, 2019 at 10:29 pm

      Well, if it’s one thing you can count on a dachshund to be, it’s an underdog. As in under your feet. 🙂

  • Reply CyndiB February 18, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    I didn’t enjoy this year’s competition and definitely agree with you on the winner. I just saw an advertisement for a rescued dog competition on Hallmark Channel…there’s something I can get behind!

    • Reply Becky Brown February 18, 2019 at 10:29 pm

      I watched the rescue dog show last year – it was really sweet!

  • Reply Karen (formerly kcinnova) February 22, 2019 at 5:05 am

    I’m clearly not in the same league with you, but I agree the 13″ beagle should have won. Gary would agree!

    • Reply Becky Brown February 22, 2019 at 12:22 pm

      Same league? Pretty sure the Sit on the Couch league is pretty welcoming.

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