Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
When I saw commercials promoting the upcoming Westminster Dog Show, I got excited. I pointed them out to my husband, and explained how I enjoyed watching the different breeds and the judging.
My husband snorted in disgust. “You really wanta watch that stuff?” he said derisively. “That’s just plain boring.” Then he turned his attention back to a DVR recording of a repeat showing of a 2006 World of Poker competition. “See that? Just watch, now, ‘cause Mike the Mouth has a pocket queen, and the river card is another queen. See?” He smiled triumphantly, vicariously enjoying the excitement of the win. “Next, Brunson will…”
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By then I had ceased to listen; a switch in my brain had gone to the Off position.
Why can’t he see what I see? The best of each breed in their category will be paraded around the arena and a judge who is a world-class expert in a particular category will examine each dog. An announcer will tell the TV audience about the peculiarities and history of that breed. Then the dog handler will trot the dog around the arena while the camera follows each move, each expression the dog makes. All that is seen of the handler are the legs and shoes—the focus is on the dog and how utterly beautiful he/she is.
If I was on a desert island with electricity, a TV, and a few DVDS (Olympic Figure Skating 2010, 2004 World of Poker Las Vegas, Highlights of Super Bowls 2004- 2010, and Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2011), and could chose only one to watch, Westminster would win, hands down. No competition.
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