A good friend of mine scored tickets to the Westminster Dog Show this year, so when she asked if I wanted to go, of course I said, ‘YES! FUN!’ [enthusiasm]
But alas, by the time we arrived, a lot of the events had already finished so we only got to see a handful of dogs. It was a little disappointing because I really wanted to see the handlers, wearing their beautiful suits, glide across the velvety carpet with their perfectly groomed dogs. Even so, I still had a blast meeting a few dogs that stuck around to the last hour.
My favorite discovery was learning that not only are these dogs well trained and fabulously groomed, they also had really great personalities. I like to think that’s part of the criteria for being Best In Show. The dog doesn’t just need to perform well on the day of the competition, but it has to be a great dog all around. Personality, looks, physique – the whole kit and caboodle. And I’m sure these dogs wouldn’t be so great, unless they had really great masters to take such good care of them.
Dogs bring us so much joy, but they’re also a lot of work. I can only imagine the effort these handlers put into these competitions. The time, the money, the emotional investment – it’s a lot to put in. But I’m sure that most of these competitors do it out of love for their dogs and after all the sweat and tears – still feel greatly rewarded, even if they don’t win that first prize ribbon.