This week is an exciting time for dog lovers because the biggest dog show in the world is happening in New York.
I don’t think I’ve ever told you Night Owls and Insomniacs this, but I’m a dog fanatic, and if I wasn’t on the air at Kearth 101, I’d be somewhere working in a career with dogs. So, this week my TiVo is taping the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. I’m time-shifting and watching all the coverage late at night after my show, with my dog of course. Maybe you are, too.
Westminster is the most prestigious dog show in the world with 190 breeds competing for the title of Best in Show. Lots of dogs from SoCal are competing this year at Westminster, and you can also see other dog shows all around the Southland throughout the year.
The American Kennel Club just released their list of the most popular dog breeds in Los Angeles. Coming in at #1 on this list is …
Here’s a picture of a Bulldog who’s famous for riding a skateboard. His name is Tillman and doesn’t he look like a riot?
Did you ever see this beautiful ad by Purina? It kicked off their “Inside Every Dog is a GreatDog” campaign and I think it’s one of the most moving ads ever. Here’s a link to it on You Tube:
Did you almost cry on that one? It gets me every time, too.
Who was the most famous dog from LA? Maybe you’d agree it’s Lassie. Did you know that Lassie was a girl dog in the movies and on TV but in reality was played by several Collies who were all males? That’s right, because males have thicker and more resplendent coats. Here’s a photo of Lassie, in case you forgot what a great dog he, er… I mean she was.
As for my dog, he’s a rescue from the pound and is my best friend. Here’s a picture of one of his breed, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, at a dog show. He’s purebred and it’s a mystery how he ended up at the pound, scheduled to be put down before he was rescued.
If you’re thinking about getting a dog of your own I’d recommend that you do three things:
1. Please DON’T buy your dog at a pet store. There are many reasons why you should never buy a dog at a pet store. Ever. Look at the websites of LA and OC rescue groups like NKLA, the Amanda Foundation and the county dog shelters. They have thousands of great dogs available to adopt. You can also go to the American Kennel Club website and find contact info for specific breed clubs if you’re interested in a particular breed. But go to the pound and rescue organizations first because you might be surprised at just how many purebred dogs and puppies end up there. It’s amazing. But before you do that…
2. Do your research. Each breed of dog has been developed for a specific purpose and they have strong traits and characteristics that have been bred into them for hundreds or thousands of years. Everything from how much or how little exercise they’ll require, how predisposed they are to bark a lot (Chihuahua), or bark almost never (Lab), whether they’ll love jogging 10 miles with you (Dalmation) or prefer to sit in your lap most of the time (Yorkie) Knowing what your dog was bred to do makes a HUGE difference in how happy you and your dog will be during your many years together.
3. Don’t worry. There are lots of websites available to help dog owners with training, advice, etc. And don’t feel guilty about having a dog in an apartment or condo. On average all of them sleep about 14 hours a day!