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Going to the Dawgs

February 8, 2007 4:46 PM


Forget about the Super Bowl. It’s over. Now the most hotly contested game, the annual Westminster Kennel Club airs on USA Network, Feb.12-13 (8 p.m to 11 p.m EST) and I’ll be doggedly glued to the TV.

As the owner of two Labrador Retrievers, it’s frustrating that the breed seldom—well actually never—even makes it to Best of Breed. Instead some exotic creature that doesn’t even look like a dog wins the big prize. But the event is appointment TV for many of us. So much so, that “24” will get relegated to the back burner, pre-recorded for later viewing. Sorry Jack Bauer, you’re not man’s best friend.

And special thanks to The Wall Street Journal for reminding me of the dates in a piece that ran today. For whatever reasons, USA is not promoting the program as aggressively as it did in the past when it treated cable operators to dinner and later to front row seats and a behind-the scenes look at the woofers and their neurotic owners.

So consider this my public service to you, an alert you that you too might have a tough call to make: Which show to pre-record or watch in real time? So are you going to be among the 4 million viewers who faithfully watch dogs in action?

If not, do. It’s surprisingly great water-cooler talk at the office, even among cat owners. Woof.

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Comments (8)

Jerry Parzybski:

Thanks for the reminder. Can't wait to see the pampered pooches strut.

I prefer the mutts in real life, however. Especially the rescue dogs who, when rescued, love their new guardians with an even greater affection. No creature more noble than a dog, I say. So the Westminster is great TV.

By the way, you should forget about the Super Bowl and watch the Animal Planet Puppy Bowl, run this year again on Super Bowl Sunday. Dogs rule!

Marianne Paskowski:

Hi Jerry,

Nice to hear from the dog people. Thanks for telling me about the Animal Planet Puppy Bowl. Embarrassed to say I did not know about it.

A woof back to you,
Marianne

Komodo:

Don't we have enough dogs on TV without getting more of the real ones?

Iraqis dying in the streets. Children raped and massacred in Darfur. Terrorist nut jobs running 'round the Globe. Bush and his wingnuts still in the White House. We have enough real problems to worry about before fussing about dogs. Ship those AKC mutts off to a Chinese restaurant somewhere!

This Komodo ain't draggin'

Marianne Paskowski:

Komodo,

Chill out.
Yeah, yeah, bla. bla. bla . We know. But what does this have to do with the Westminster show? Nothing. And please do not compare my dogs or people, who you wrongly enobled as dogs, who run this administration. I will never go to dinner with you, say the least.

A very mixed thanks for sharing.

Marianne

D'Shady1:

My wife and I love dog shows, all of them, and wouldn't miss Westminster. However, we have, over the years, come to the conclusion that this isn't a real competition but a beauty contest governed by an insiders' clique. Every year it's the same group of handlers and owners that seem to make it to the final rounds. Never have we seen some outsider showing up with some great looking animal make it to any of the televised rounds. Now you can go on and on about how the old pros spend mountains of money in breeding their animals and obtaining the best handlers etc. but come on they're dogs. All this nonsense about breed standards is a lot of subjective hooey used by the insiders to eliminate outsider competition. Now somebody should do exposee on what goes on behind the scenes of these shows and that would be a show. Ya, I saw the movie and it was a hoot but these competitions have become serious business and I think they are long way from objective. Who in their right mind would pick a Poodle as a Best in Show and when was the last time a Dalmatian won?

Marianne Paskowski:

D'Shady1

I too loved the movie Best of Show. I don't think there's any expose here, those breeders are serious and this is their big moment.

Now about the Dalmations: Over the years I have had several. There are standards that seem stupid. The size of the spots can't be larger than a quarter and none of them can abut. But Dalmatians don't win because they are so high strung.

Labs rule! Especially in this house. We probably could use a vist from the Dog Whisperer. I know I'm not the Alpha in this pack.

Marianne

Marianne Paskowski:

Postscript:

I got lucky that I was not outed , and I should have been, for a huge gaffe. I mentioned that Labs never won best of breed. I should have said best of class, like I think sporting breed. And thanks to all who privately emailed me or phoned about my blunder.

But I'm coming clean here.

Marianne

Marianne Paskowski:

Oy,
Just realized I totally blew the prerecording on" 24," to watch the woof woofs in real time, and "24 later." The latest installment of"24" was a two hour special. I blew it. My recorder, my faul. Only caught an hour and a half. In other words, I'm not gonna watch anymore. Guess I'm gonna wait for season six on DVD and reclaim my life.

And that's OK, not nuts about this season's"24" plot, anyhow, and the hubs is ballistic about the "24" scheduling. Are you?

Man, did I screw up,
Marianne

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