Proof that the movie "Best in show" was not a joke.
February 13, 2002 7:29 AM   Subscribe

Proof that the movie "Best in show" was not a joke. We have a winner! I am a big fan of dogs but I think this is a bit goofy. Honestly, some people are just a little bit to crazy.
posted by aj100 (28 comments total)
"Now that 9-11 happened, I'm very careful where I go with my dog," said Lou Guerrero, owner-breeder of the No. 1-ranked Afghan from last season.

posted by BentPenguin at 7:44 AM on February 13, 2002

i've worked at dog shows, and best in show was VERY accurate.
posted by goneill at 7:45 AM on February 13, 2002

I used to live in that world...the movie was spot-on.

posted by NsJen at 8:03 AM on February 13, 2002

It looks like they shaved a muskrat and covered it in beard trimmings and a couple of Howard Cosell's old wigs. That's the dog that won?
posted by Karl at 8:12 AM on February 13, 2002

That's the dog that won?

and people think that ice-skating olympic medal thing was unfair. judges on crack? any dog/poodle experts here wish to explain to the masses what this is all about?
posted by th3ph17 at 8:29 AM on February 13, 2002

I saw some of the telecast and I thoguht the funniest thing was how closely Joe Garagiola's commentary matched Fred Willard's. He'd burst out with things like "Ho ho ho! I'm not sure if that dog DOES have any legs under that fur! Ho ho ho!"

Or for the Scottie: "It must be friendly! Everyone in Scottsdale is friendly!"

That's what you get for being Charlie Brown's favorite baseball player. At least I think that was him.
posted by Kafkaesque at 8:32 AM on February 13, 2002

Hooray for the Poodle! We were rooting for her from the beginning.

I don't care for the haircut, and Standards are better than Miniatures, but for intelligence, affection, and pure enjoyment, in my opinion, you can't beat a poodle.

By the way, this is what they are supposed to look like:

posted by alball at 8:35 AM on February 13, 2002

As we watched it on TV, my terrier mix telepathically expressed a desire for an alternative dog show where frou-frou cuts were banned and we could see what the breeds look like minus the Liberace influence. Keep dreaming, mongrel!
posted by martk at 8:46 AM on February 13, 2002

The haircut is originally because they were working dogs who retrieved ducks (or whatever, quail, I don't know) that were shot from lakes - so they had to swim, so less hair makes it easier to swim, but they also needed to stay warm (this is germany, I think, where they originated) so they left tufts of hair on joints and extremities.

That thing about the Afghans is nuts.
posted by mdn at 8:49 AM on February 13, 2002

The poodle pic is giving me Davey & Goliath flashbacks...
posted by BentPenguin at 8:56 AM on February 13, 2002

mdn, you have got it right about the haircut. It was originally functional. Actually the name poodle is derived from the word puddle; they were waterdogs (puddle dogs) used for hunting in Germany. The haircut became decorative when the standard size was bred smaller in France. That is where the Miniature and Toy sizes were originated.

Believe it or not, Poodles also have a history as war dogs. Their coat was grown long and matted to protect them in battle, and some were actually national heroes. Scroll down to the part about Moustache.
posted by alball at 9:00 AM on February 13, 2002

The Kerry Blue Terrier was robbed, robbed I tell you!
posted by gsh at 9:14 AM on February 13, 2002

Dog show judges have some unnatural attraction to poodles. It seems like poodles always win these things. Maybe the judges would be better suited to juding hair styling competitions?
posted by owen at 9:18 AM on February 13, 2002

The best part of the show were the gutteral noises made by one of the had to be there.
posted by Voyageman at 9:21 AM on February 13, 2002

From a link about real dogs;

Use of Great Pyrenees Against Bears
Experiences from Pasvik 1994

"There were no visible wounds on the dog that was attacked by the bear, and the dog didn't show any additional respect for the bear. It showed the same aggressiveness and was just as eager at later encounters with the bear. On a couple of occasions even the single bear was in physical contact with the dogs, but none of these incidents had any visible impact on the dogs' courage. As evidence of the physical contact, green saliva was found in the coat of the dogs. "

Three dogs doing a job the Army could not, thus sparing four bears from being shot.

*sniff* I miss my Pyrenees.
posted by dglynn at 9:38 AM on February 13, 2002

I used to have a Norwegian Elkhound (the same sort of pooch Fox Mulder referred to once long ago when he was tailing a Mr Tooms). It always busted me up to think of Loki hanging from an elk's neck.
posted by Kafkaesque at 9:51 AM on February 13, 2002

best. dog. name. ever.
loki...i love it!
posted by ShawnString at 10:19 AM on February 13, 2002

So, dglynn, are holes like that why you no longer have the dog?
posted by NortonDC at 10:59 AM on February 13, 2002

I've known a few standard poodles in my life and they really are sweet dogs. Very smart, very loyal, full of personality, and they don't shed.

While I'm more of a border terrier (rescue) kind of gal, I would adopt a standard poodle in a heartbeat.
posted by jennyb at 11:06 AM on February 13, 2002

Nah, that's the pond we dug inthe back yard, but we always thought it was a cute picture with her looking half-proud, half-guilty sitting in front of it.

We put her to sleep the Day after Christmas in 2000. She had bone cancer, but she did make it to nine years old, which isn't bad for a giant breed.
posted by dglynn at 11:54 AM on February 13, 2002

Some people call a miniature poodle a "mini-poo".
posted by Trampas at 12:05 PM on February 13, 2002

Best dog ever? Had to be Gelert.
posted by Harry Hopkins' Hat at 12:22 PM on February 13, 2002

That winning dog looks great...for me to poop on!
posted by Sal Amander at 1:41 PM on February 13, 2002

My dog laughs at these losers. We figured we'd stay home for the mega-endorsement bucks of the WestministerX Games.
posted by owillis at 2:01 PM on February 13, 2002

Joe Garagiola was at the top of his game... and he wasnt bad announcing baseball on saturday afternoons for NBC back in the day either.
posted by tsarfan at 3:31 PM on February 13, 2002

Dog show dogs are to real dogs what golf is to real sports: a de-natured version, with most or all of the fun taken out. Give me a dog who doesn't obey all your orders, and I'll show you a real dog. Ruff ruff!
posted by ParisParamus at 4:06 PM on February 13, 2002

We have a purebred Whippet, and there's no way in *hell* that we're ever going to "show" her... that whole showdog thing is just too creepy. In fact when we told people that they looked at us like we had lobsters coming out of our ears. Some even berated us when we had her fixed!

BTW, that move, "Best in Show" was actually kinda funny, all things considered.
posted by crankydoodle at 6:23 PM on February 13, 2002

Give me a dog who doesn't obey all your orders, and I'll show you a real dog

Based on those specs, my dog is the REALest dog in the history of dogs. My dog's response to all orders/requests are along the lines of "Exactly why would I want to do that? Remind me, O bringer of snacks..."
posted by owillis at 7:09 PM on February 13, 2002

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