Monday, March 24, 2008

My Town Monday: Fort Woof

This weekend in my hometown, I attended a real live dog show, courtesy of the Fort Worth Kennel Club. To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect. After watching Christopher Guest's brutally funny Best In Show, I was hoping for, well, the best. Dear readers, I am thrilled to say I was not disappointed. They seemed like character actors, those soft-shoed trainers intensely jogging along pedigree dogs. The ponytails in scrunchies. The occasional glittery headband. The loose sport coats and anxious expressions. It was hard to focus on the canines. Honestly, I could have sat there for hours, just watching the trainers interact with the dogs, clicking and feeding treats, and of course, doing the Hush Puppy victory laps. I wondered where they buy the shoes, and if wearing nude pantyhose with taupe knee-length suits is contractual.

Of course the dogs were wonderful, too. Great Danes and Portugese Water Dogs, Irish Setters and Boxers, basically name a breed and it was there in all its hairy glory. I was rooting for a white Chihuahua in the toy category, but the Shi Tsu pulled out the win. We would have stayed the afternoon, but the Amon Carter exhibit hall was icycold (perhaps to stave off the puppy smell?). Still, we got a good look at this guy on the way out. Tell me that face doesn't make your day.

I came home with appreciation for my two Chihuahuas: Rosie who tucks her hind leg when she runs and Zorro with the obsessive/compulsive eating disorder. See their pics here.

They may not be show winners, but they're mine. Plus, I can wear whatever kind of shoes I want.

Christopher Guest fan? What's your favorite?

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Blogger The Anti-Wife said...

Your dogs are adorable, although I think mine is cuter. I used to have a Rosie.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Travis Erwin said...

I loved Best In Show. I have showed a few animals in my day (pigs, sheep, rabbits) to know that movie is truer than you could ever imagine.

1:39 PM  
Blogger lyzzydee said...

I loved 'Best in Show' its my sort of humour!! Glad you had fun.

3:10 PM  
Blogger "Bluebonnet in the snow" said...

I haven't seen that show, but I love that we were both at the Fort Worth show. It made my heart full to see all the Golden Retrievers, but none compared to my own. Wish I had run into you!

3:27 PM  
Blogger *Tyler* said...

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7:12 PM  
Blogger *Tyler* said...

Really, who doesn't stop on Best in Show as they're flipping through the channels. We love it and are always pulling for the Shih Tzus, but none are as cute as our three: Moby, Dizzy, and Gus.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Bookfraud said...

i've been a christopher guest fan since "spinal tap," and so i loved "best in show" -- sadly, i have seen it so many times that i can quote from it; to wit, "that dog jumped her like she was made out of ham!"

cute dog, nice blog. saw your post on the anti-wife's blog and moseyed over here.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Thanks, anti-wife. Rosie is a most excellent name.

Travis, do you have to run next to the rabbit when showing professionally?

The Christopher Guest films are my kind of humor, too, Lyzzydee. They hit some sort of pulse on the ridiculous and painfully true.

Bluebonnet, run (in sensible footwear) and go rent the movie! Especially since you've been to a live show, it'll be even funnier. Although if you have Netflix it may take a while since their server was down for ten hours yesterday, thoroughly freaking out film addicts.

Tyler, I like the names of your dogs. Another pet name favorite: Kern's female beta fish called Valerie. I don't know why, but it makes me laugh.

Great quote, Bookfraud. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

9:14 AM  
Blogger Travis Erwin said...

No running by the rabbits, but the thing that made them better than dogs for showing was that you could always eat the losers. :)

9:15 AM  
Blogger Searcher Amy said...

I too loved "Best in Show," but I almost think that "A Mighty Wind" is better. I'm a Parker Posey fan and her in the braces, polyester suit and Hushpuppies screaming at her husband about the stuffed bee is hilarious.
We have an adorable pound puppy named Sadie Jane, a black and white border collie/Australian sheperd mix. And, yes, she herds. It was only our cocker spaniel, but he was herded.
We've done our share of livestock in my family as well -- pigs, sheep and heifer that had to be backed into the show ring because she wouldn't be led. Fun, fun.
Anytime you've watched someone fix a heifer's tail -- blow drying, hairspray, the whole works -- you know that Best in Show is too true.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Kern said...

Travis, I was an FFA showman. Hogs, sheep, and chickens. Hogs were the most fun, a chaotic scene in which the key is trying keep your hog in front of the judge as much as possible. Sheep were more like showing the dogs, very structured. Then there were the chickens. My pen of 5 broilers were not allowed entrance by the Houston Livestock Exposition in 1983 for 'health concerns', but that is another story........

12:36 PM  
Blogger WordVixen said...

Ye gods, how I love that man in Princess Bride. I don't think I've seen any of his other movies, but this one sounds like it's worth checking out.

And, is that a relative of Killer Yapp?

2:42 PM  
Blogger Lana Gramlich said...

That little white dog is SOOOO cute! Gads, I just want to hug him up! Thanks for sharing another wonderful MTM post. I always loved "This is Spinal Tap," myself. After all, it goes to 11...
(Sorry about my recent absence. Had some back problems.)

5:29 AM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Travis, here's me screaming at my computer. Not the bunnies!!!

Amy, I have to admit I've never watched someone fix a heifer's tale. I'll put it on my list of things to do, along with renting A Mighty Wind.

Kern, your FFA showmanship has, I believe, help shaped you into the man you are today. Rising above the adversity of rejected chickens included.

Wordvixen, coincidence that you mentioned Princess Pride. I rewatched it this week for the first time in years and JUST figured out the six-fingered man is Christopher Guest. You're right, he makes the part creepy/funny. Love when he turns and runs at the climactic sword fight. Also, not sure about the Killer Yapp relation--perhaps distant cousins? There is something intelligent about the eyes...

Thanks, Lana, and it's good to see you back. Hope you're feeling much better.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Mathilda said...

In a past life (2 years ago, pre-graduate school), I was a field dog trainer. ;)

Master's project defense date: April 28, 2:00 p.m., Curtin hall room 468.

11:18 AM  
Blogger dee said...

I have to admit I did 4H shows too...all the cute FFA guys were there so it seemed the place to be...i showed durocs..the red pigs...cause they so matched my hair!!

10:31 AM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Too funny about your hair, Dee. Great visual.

9:44 AM  

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