Rushville Republican


February 18, 2014

Looking barkward: Reviewing WKC '14

In recent years, dog lovers around the globe have eagerly anticipated my annual preview of the famous Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) Dog Show, especially my forecast of which dog will win Best in Show (BIS). I’m at a loss to explain the uncanny karma at work here, but somehow, every year, my WKC BIS prediction – you can look this up – is dead wrong.

This year, I’m out of the WKC prediction BIS-ness. Instead, this is a recap – a quick look barkward at WKC 2014, which I predicted would be won by a Wire Fox Terrier, and there’s no way you can disprove it.

To allow me to review all the pageantry and hoopla at my leisure, I meticulously recorded both nights of live WKC telecasts featured on the USA network. Unfortunately, this column is being written after I meticulously deleted both nights of live WKC telecasts featured on the USA network. Before I watched them. But I won’t let this stop me, because, after all, since when have you ever expected me to actually know what I’m talking about?

The WKC Show is pretty much the Super Bowl of the dog show world. In fact, the BIS winner takes home a bunch of stuff, including a huge shiny tureen that’s made of real silver, making it one super bowl indeed.

Like the teams that win the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup, everyone involved in breeding, grooming, handling, owning and poop-scooping for the winning dog loves to pass the bowl around and kiss it. Usually, the dog goes last.

The WKC’s BIS dog pretty much becomes a star for the rest of its life. For example, even today, thousands still scour the tabloids and the Internet for news about 2002 winner Spice Girl, a miniature poodle that unfortunately has been in and out of rehab while simultaneously engaging in high-profile romances with dogs owned by David Beckham and Eddie Murphy.

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