There's an occasional froo-froo pooch, like the puffball Bichon Frise, or the array of poodles that look more like topiary than a beloved pet. But I'm sure to their owners and handlers, they're the most beautiful sight on Earth. And most of the dogs, whether big or small, long-haired or short, black or white or spotty-speckled glory...have my heart.
Last night, dogs of several categories took the stage to compete for top spot in their particular group. Maggie (my Westie) and I paid particular attention to the terrier group, of course. Usually, it's dominated by the Norwich or Norfolk, the Sealyham or the Airedale. Once again, the West Highland White Terriers were shut out -- Tim thinks because they fluff up the fur too much and make the Westies look like marshmallows with legs. Very short legs.
However, I gave a little yelp of joy when the judge picked best terrier to compete in tonight's best in show. The winner -- a feisty Scottish terrier named Champion Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot...AKA...Sadie! For a complete story and an adorable picture of our girl in action, click here.
After the sporting, toy, and working groups are chosen tonight, Sadie will line up for her shot at king kibble. Word has it, she's being led on a leash once used by the 1967 best in show winner, a Scottie named Bingo.
We suffered quite a blow when President Obama opted not to get a Westie for his daughters. So we're hoping for better luck tonight, rooting for a charming girl who looks a little like Maggie's shadow.
USA Network is the official home of the Westminster show. Check your local listings. Grab a pig ear, sprawl out on the couch or a warm, cozy lap and enjoy.
"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring. It was peace." -- Milan Kundera