Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Where Are The Hounds?

by Maggie Sefton

Okay, Westminster Dog Show, I'm getting annoyed.  Every year we tune in to see all the wonderful variety in Dogdom on display.  I love it, and so do millions of other viewers who gleefully abandon regular TV programs to watch all these different dog breeds trot around the ring to be judged.  All the entrants have already won the top honors for their breeds in order to be included in this "Cadillac" of doggie events.  And at the very start of the evening, the announcer always starts by calling out:  "Bring in the Hounds!".

And in they come.  Hounds of every description.  I simply gathered a very few examples of the many breeds of long-legged, short-legged, tall, short, sleek coats and hairy hounds on display.  Hunting dogs.  They're all hunters.  Going out in the field or water, Tracking, scenting, flushing, and pointing out game.  What a beautiful assortment.  My silly Max is a mix of Blue Tick Hound and Black Lab
And resembles this black spotted hunter on the right.  

So, with all that gorgeous display of Hounds all around every year, the Dog Show winds up awarding Top Dog honors To some furry little fuzz ball.  :). Now. . .I have nothing against furry little fuzz balls or big hairy shaggies.   I just think long and lean running machines (i.e. Hounds) deserve some recognition, too.  They're SO good-natured.   

Please, all of you who have adorable little fuzz balls, please don't get upset.  I'm doing this tongue in cheek.  I have a feeling my Border Collie/Black Lab mix Katy is going to get her nose out of joint once she sees this email.  And I'm not kidding.   She's scary smart, can read my mind, and I wouldnt be surprised if she's checking my iPad when I'm not there.  Whatever pets you have, folks, give them a pat for me.  :)


Aurian said...

Lol so you just hope for a hounddog to win the show ;)
It sure sounds like a nice program to watch.

Debra said...

Our family dog was a German short haired pointer. We all still miss her.

MelinaMason said...

I totally agree, we have a pure breed Blue Tick,she has no brown on her at all and she is beautiful. I love hound dogs, esp. the Bloodhound and the Bassett! I would love to see a Hound get best in show, I remember when the Beagle got it a few years ago, Hounds are real dogs! Don't get me wrong, we also have a Russell Terrier, a Golden Retriever and a yellow Lab. I just love all dogs.

Linda in MA said...

I'd love to see a lab win. They are one of the most popular dogs out there so there must be one who could win!

ANNETTE said...

I think my comment would be Amen!

Maggie Sefton said...

Aurian---Yes, indeed. It's time for the Hounds to win. :)

Debra---German short haired pointer, how pretty. I understand. I miss my dear departed doggies too. My sweet Sampson and my sugar bear Carl. Kelly's Carl will live forever, though. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Melina---I know what you mean. Hounds look like digs, act like dogs, and are so easy to own. None of all that from-from hairdo and grooming stuff. Love to see hounds run. They're like race horses. Built to run. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Linda---I think Labs are Americas All Around dog. I've had several different breeds of pure breds. Beautiful. But I still say, if you want a great dog get one that has some Black Lab mixed in. Guaranteed to improve any breed. ;)

Annette---Did you or do you have a hound? Sounds like it. :)

Terry P. said...

I've only seen one hound win and that was several years ago. She was a Beagle and the sweetest little thing there. And I agree, more hounds need to win.