Wednesday, February 14, 2007

westminster questions


more on the westminster dog show. first, i was relieved that harry potter (the cardigan welsh corgi, not the young wizard) did not win the group. my mawma loooooooooves him.

but i have some questions:

1) why are male dogs just "dogs" but female dogs are "bitches"? ie, why is the generic term the masculine one? can't we all be dogs? or better yet--can't we all be bitches?

2) why are dogs more likely to win than bitches? i read yesterday that betting odds were 2-1 on a male winning the show because males dominate in the beauty pageants that are dog shows. why is this? is it a) because breed standards are written according to the male standard b) the bitch standard is far more difficult to attain than the dog standard or c) because judges have a subjective preference for male dogs, regardless of how well the particular dogs conform to the standard?

3) what is josh (2004 winner pictured above) up to and does anyone have his number?

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9 Comments:

Blogger Sunshade said...

Wawie Wawie, mummy say say I can write write to you.

I know know why they are call call girls "bitches". Really, I do know know, I live with Sunshade. They don't call call them bitches for nothing because they like to eat your head head. I have seen the inside of Sunshade's mouph a few times... she's got nice nice teeth.

Puppy licks,
Jaffa
http://jaffadale.blogspot.com

5:45 PM  
Blogger Sunshade said...

Wally,

Please ignore him *extreme eyeroll*

Ok, I can answer # 2. I believe a lot of judges like the bigger size, bigger heads, which usually comes in the male form. Mum used to show a male Bouvier, and even tho the breed standard isn't written for males, 90% of the time, males won. More over, a lot of the times, the male that wins the breed is over the breed standard (the breed standard usually tells you the range of the height "with the mediums being desired"). However, when you look at dogs in a ring, the bigger, massive dogs look way more impressive, and flashy. Those are the dogs judges end up picking.

Now # 3, I can get you one of Josh's grandson's number. He lives 3 blocks away, will that do?? He's not nearly as gigantic as Josh tho.

Love nibbles,
Miss Sunshade

5:55 PM  
Blogger Lillie Valentine said...

Happy Valentine's day, Wally!
Luv, Lillie Valentine

9:31 PM  
Blogger Tin Tin Blogdog said...

Hey Wally,

I don't know nuffin about no showin' stuff so I can't answer your questions.

All I know is how to show bee-itches...a good time.

And by the look of that photo, there's enough of Josh to share around. Let me know when you find him.

Chow for now,

Tin Tin xo

10:24 PM  
Blogger Butchy & Snickers said...

Happy Valentine's Day Wally & Ethel!
Josh is a beaut isn't he??
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

11:46 PM  
Blogger Fu Fu said...

Woh.. those are intresting questions...
Anyway Happy valentine's Day to you Wally.

~ fufu

3:17 AM  
Blogger Finnegan said...

Hmmmmm, tough questions. Happy Valentine's Day (belated) though! I think the dog shows are rigged because the Irish Wolfhound never seems to win in his or her group or in best of show! No fair!

Woofs,
Finnegan

8:25 AM  
Blogger wally said...

hey all!

jaffa--i sometimes bite my sister's head. does that make me a bitch? hehe.

sunshade--interesting! poor girls getting the shaft in the show ring. i saw the bouvier won the herding group this year. there was a bouv at my park that was also in my obedience class. one time he ran up to my mawma and peed on her! he needed more classes, i think (or just more class). josh's grandson might be a little young for me!

lillie--thanks for the valentine wishes (especially special coming from someone NAMED valentine)! i won't tell tanner in case he has a jealous streak.

tin tin--i'm a fan of josh because we share the same giant head. sometimes passersby ask if i'm a newfie puppy. i'm going to start telling them i'm josh's baby.

b&s--a beaut indeed (the big head does it!)

fufu--do they have hamster shows? you'd totally win.

finnegan--i know! and yet the poodles always win. sigh. we're big iw fans in our house (the bigger the better!). the scottish deerhound was really pretty this year, too.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Joe Stains said...

josh is so handsome. the boston didn't win, so mom was mad

8:50 PM  

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