Best In Show  

SunneyOne 43F
2146 posts
1/13/2006 10:22 am

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Best In Show

The AKC National Championship Dog Show is in town this weekend. It’s Friday, and the downtown hotels are loaded with people and dogs of all varieties. The sidewalks are filled with people walking dogs of various breeds, some that I’ve never even seen before.

Walking back from lunch today, I watched countless people walk by with dogs on leashes. The dogs all held their heads high, prancing almost, each filled with a personality and look all their own. And then it hit me… dating is like a dog show.

The object of affection, the person who is the picker is the judge. The applicants, or those seeking to date the picker, are the dogs. (Forget the handlers, that gets too complicated for my analogy.)

At the dog show, there are 4 different categories or events, or whatever. Meet The Breeds ‒ This is where all of the potential dates parade around and you can meet each one. There’s the high maintenance female (poodle, bichon frise), the sporting variety (Irish setter, border collie), old money (Afghans), the young and cute but immature (Jack Russell), devoted tried and true with more experience (labs, retrievers), the diminutive (Chihuahua), the more solid variety (bull mastiff). All kinds really.

There are events in obedience and agility. Fascinating to watch, as all applicants must be put through their paces. Are they going to be ready to go at 7 on the dot? Will they be faithful and listen to instruction? Can she cook? Can they navigate a career, family, friends and dating?

And finally there is conformation. The breeds are all brought out in categories wherein they are pared down to a top winner for each category. The picker says, “Here is the best skinny girl. Here’s the best chunky one. Here’s the most sporty. This one has the most money. This one is all about service.” Then, he compares each and picks just one, one date who is Best In Show.

How messed up is that? My brain clearly works too fast and with too much imagination for my own good.

P.S. I’m going with Collie, myself. Known for it’s lovely hair, it is a physically good sized dog. Broad chest and shoulders (boobs), yet active and agile. Okay, so I’m a klutz, but I can dance. The temperament of my breed is intelligent, sweet, sensitive and easily trained. Very devoted to and protective of loved ones. Good-natured and friendly, good with kids. Playful and gentle, but can be willful, wary of strangers and stubborn. Yeah, that’s me.

floatinghobo 45M
2 posts
1/13/2006 5:48 pm

Black lab here. Loyal, goofy and loves the water. At least that was the personality of Zack, the runt black lab I grew up with R.I.P. dude, you were the best!

Kyrand 50M

1/13/2006 7:22 pm

*chuckles* I prefer Agility to the Conformation part.. Conformation is the beauty contest, I tend more towards the abilities competition.

As far as what I am, Id go more with the Border Collie.. Fast, Brilliant and full of energy. *grin*

rm_bigchoklatdk 45M

1/13/2006 7:38 pm

Call me ChoklatLab. My friend has one and is well mannered, loves to play, and is very affectionate. Oh, I forgot, loves to and knows just where to lick!......Wish I had known about the show. Me & "puppy" would've made the trip! Holla.

AltumHunksUnite 53M

1/13/2006 7:57 pm

Australian Cattle Dog.

Hard-headed, doesn't take crap, but can be really nice if you scratch behind the ears just right.

Let me drive. I like the view

SunneyOne 43F

1/14/2006 5:30 am

Cleavis - I got your scratches right here, baby.

Kyrand - Somehow you made that astoundingly sexy.

lifes2short069 48M
138 posts
1/14/2006 11:56 am

ok im a mutt- never place in a show, but hard working, cute to some, not bothered by others and can have fun with everyone willing to play, love rollin around and just livin life.. just try to take my steak while im eating it....{=}

peace L2S

SunneyOne 43F

1/14/2006 2:55 pm

NICELY said, lifes2... I like it!

oraide05 50M

1/14/2006 3:06 pm

I would be a Beagle.... smart,energetic, great with kids and old people!!!!!

Dallas_Male_35 47M
255 posts
1/17/2006 9:47 am

I had to laugh my ass off when I clicked into this blog!

I grew up in a house with an average of 14-18 dogs, with over 25 at one point, due to two bitches having litters at the same time.

I think we must have had stock in the AKC, and all the regional Kennel Clubs throughout the surrounding five states. Before I was old enough to be left at home by myself, I must have been to more dog shows than should be legally allowed by law!! I must have been one of the most traveled kids in the country, for sure.

I'm sorry you have to put up with all that barking, whining, and that crap. . . . oh, and with their dogs, too!

Personally, I would have to choose the Labrador (black). I used to have one that was trained as a hunting dog by Ducks Unlimited, and then earned his AKC CD. (For those of you with absolutely no clue WTF that means, it's an Obedience title as a Champion, within the American Kennel Club.) LOL. The dog never went hunting, but he loved to chase birds and rabbits when he could get out of the fence. He had the best temperment in the world and would never leave your side unless you told him to.

Damn, now I want another Lab puppy.

Viggo57 60M

1/22/2006 6:47 am

First time visit to your blog. Stopped here after reading almost all of your posts, SunneyOne! I will be back to read more.

Love dogs. Think I am part coyote-husky .... gentle survivor, destined for the outdoors, appreciates warm places, affectionate, inventive and lover of beautiful broad shouldered big chested collies!
Hate leashes!

habanerodelvedad 53M

1/25/2006 3:15 pm

Hi, you look extremly sad, please don't be

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