A three-legged dog walks in to a saloon and sits down at the bar. Bartender says, “What’ll ya have stranger?”
Dog tips his hat and says, “I’m lookin’ fer the feller who shot my paw.”
Okay, anybody else sick of the Super Blow hype and analysis and the Winter Olympics yet? Relax, tonight and tomorrow night is the 137th Annual Westminster Dog Show. It is the second oldest sporting event in the United States. The oldest one? Another animal related sports spectacular, the Kentucky Derby.
The show was first held in 1877, as a get together for hunting dogs, mainly setters and pointers. After a few beers the owners formed a kennel club which became the Westminster Kennel Club. The first show drew over 1200 dogs and the club donated proceeds to the ASPCA.
Today dogs are judged by a strict set of standards specific to each breed, like color, coat, tail, teeth and other dog stuff. There is also a Miss Congeniality and a swimwear competition that is equally as competitive.
So far the terrier group leads all breeds in the “best of Show” competition with a total of 45 Golden Doggy Biscuits. The sporting group, working group and non-sporting group have between 10 and 19 top prizes followed by the toy group, hound group and herding group. Last year’s winner was from the talking dog group but was later disqualified when judges found out that the pooch was a big liar.
So if you’ve had enough of the NFL and the Sochi Games I say kick-knack paddy-whack give your dog a bone and tune in for some real competition.
Gourmet Dog Biscuits
2 Cups Flour
¾ Cup Rolled Oats
½ Cup Powdered Milk
1 Egg, Beaten
¼ Cup Vegetable Oil
2 Jars Strained Baby Food, any kind
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and combine until thick dough forms.
Knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth
Roll out dough to ½ inch thickness.
Use doggy bone cookie cutters to cut out each biscuit. Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Check out the video and slideshow for some highlights of the show.
Arf, arf, woof, woof, everybody.