It happens every year. The winner of the Westminster Dog Show gets described in terms of their style and character, and I just can’t see why it applies. It’s presented as though the top dog wins because of their style and character, but one gets the eery sense that the dog wins and then the traits are just invented.
Surely that’s wrong. My puzzlement here might be just like that of people who swear there’s no different between red plonk and anything else. So let’s try: why does this set of description
Malachy is not a speedy dog. While his six competitors sped around the ring at Madison Square Garden, Malachy moved so deliberately that he only had to make a half circuit on the green carpet. It did not matter. Beneath his long coat and lion’s mane — and behind that distinctive pushed-in face — was the club’s ultimate champion…
“He’s a very happy dog,” Fitzpatrick said. “He’s an extrovert in the ring.”
Malachy defeated the other toy dogs Monday and had 24 hours to relax. “I kept him quiet all day to save his energy for tonight.”
Last year, Malachy also made it to Best in Show, but lost to a Scottish deerhound.
“Malachy’s a little more mature this year,” said Fitzpatrick, who had a broken arm last year.
Iris Love, also a co-owner, said that she was wearing a yellow blouse in Malachy’s honor, one that is sprinkled with images of a dragon, which is her dog’s insignia.
“This is the year of the dragon,” she said, then proclaimed: “We are in the presence of an imperial Pekingese. That doesn’t happen very often.”
Fitzpatrick knows that his Pekingese was a bit different from the other dogs. He is small, about 12 pounds. Maybe a half-pound of it was hair. But when he was asked about Malachy’s clear lack of speed, he responded with a bit of testiness about his dog’s rivals.
“Their gait should be slower,” he said…
But, then, it was the little Pekingese, with his unhurried, short-legged style, who won. “His demeanor was spotless,” Vogels said. “He was flawless.”
apply to this
wooly catepillar dog?
Apologies for the video, but it’s the only one I could find that did the parade that won him the trophy:
Non-philosophers might want to know that there are philosophical questions involved in the issue I am raising. They have to do with the bases we have for describing each other and then extending the descriptions to members of other species.