Monday, February 14, 2011

Best In Show!


~Wendy~
Today is the first day of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. Winning 'Best In Show at Westminster' has become the most-coveted award in the dog show world. I've always enjoyed watching the show, and seeing and hearing about all the different breeds of dogs.
It always reminds me of another dog show that I attended a few years ago in Gettysburg  Pennsylvania. The Golden Retriever Club of America was having their national event. Golden Retrievers from all over the United States came to compete in everything from conformation to obedience. One of the events held during the week was called 'The Rescue Parade.' Since our Golden Retriever Club was hosting 'the National' as president of the rescue, I was asked to take charge of 'The Rescue Parade.'

For those of you who have never attended one, I find it to be a very touching event. It is one where rescued dogs have their moment to be the star and in the spotlight.  As they walk around the center show ring, their story of rescue is told. We start with the oldest Golden and end with the youngest.  When I did the parade, each dog was given a rosette (ribbon) with their name and a toy as they left the ring. Ed Rendell, the Governor of Pennsylvania even participated by bringing his 2 rescued Golden Retrievers.
~Sheba~

At the start of the parade, the gentleman, named Bob, who was announcing the event said something, that to me, was so poignant and I've never forgotten it. He said that 'the dogs that were about to enter the show-ring will never win best in show. But what they had won, was a place in our hearts and home.' Bob was so right. No, the dogs that most of us have never will compete for the coveted title of Best in Show at Westminster or win any other dog show.  But to me, my dogs and I will always have something better than that, each other.

Happy Valentines Day everyone!

39 comments:

  1. i completely agree kim! i always tell my cats dogs and horses that they are the most beautiful animals in the whole world! all of my babies are show babies. they show me love every day and that is all the show i need!

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  2. What a wonderful statement made by Bob and how true. Made me think about my beloved rescue Apples - she wasn't a purebred, but she stole Neel's and my hearts. We miss her.

    Woofs
    Nadine & Neeli
    Angel doggie Apples (1994-2010)

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  3. That is a great story,thanks for sharing it!

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  4. Hi Kim!

    How wonderful that they do this for the rescues. (the best in heart) Do they not televise this? I can't remember this.

    Have a wonderful day!

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  5. Woof! Woof! Very Nice and True!!! Happy Valentine's Day. Lots of Golden LOVE n Woofs, Sugar♥

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  6. In the show that is my life, Lady is blue ribbon all the way. Happy V day to all of you at Golden Pines. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story.

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  7. Dang, Kim, you just made me tear up! Did you ever notice that most animals who are rescued just seem to realize how lucky they are, and reward their new owners with all the love and affection that they are capable of, and that's a lot!

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  8. What a wonderful tribute to the many rescued dogs that have gone on to lead happy lives and bring joy into the lives of their adopted families.

    I think it should be a standard class at EVERY dog show! I bet those stories had some tears flowing...

    Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!

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  9. Oh Kim, how right you are and that is better than any awsrd given by the Westminster Kennel Club~I'd take that any day over the accolades handed to me from a bunch of judges; who can judge what is in our heart and soul?
    very very lovely post Kim; thank you!
    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  10. Thank you, Kim for this wonderful story. Sadly we don't have such things here - but what a wonderful idea. I've always maintained that all the various disciplines of the dog shows should give credit for the 'relationship' between the dog and its owner.
    Happy Valentine's day to you too.
    With love
    MAXMOM IN SA

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  11. You always make me feel teary with your wonderful stories Kim...but in a good way! :0)

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  12. I enjoy watching the WKC dog show and marvel at all the breeds...but I just think this obsession for purity and excellence in lines really has gone too far. The 'mutt' has given us all joy, peace and love so many times and sometimes so unexpectedly. The rescue dogs are becoming more 'noticed' now at least I hope. The times they are a changing with people such as yourself. AND...all this aside...do have a Happy Valentine's Day!

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  13. Lovely post on this special day!

    Yes, I agree, our rescues are all WINNERS!!!

    xoxo

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  14. Must make you feel so grateful, Kim,that the work you have done for the 'rescue' dog is being recognized. Have a great day and hugs to ALL your dogs.

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  15. Hi Kim,
    I love this post today. I wish you a Happy Valentines Day with all of your "Best in Show" friends.
    I wanted to let you know that over the weekend I spent the night at my parents house. My mom and I were working on a quilt together. I was sharing your blog with my dad and he really really enjoyed reading your posts. He loves the outdoors and he loved looking at all of the pictures of your property. He really got a kick out of all the dog pictures too. I looked through your old posts to find the video you took of all the dogs. He really enjoyed watching--even laughed out loud. Just wanted to let you know how much joy your blog brought to my Dad.
    xoxoxo
    Mimi

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  16. What a wonderful idea to include a special rescue event. I agree that every dog show should have this feature. We brought home our newest little rescue Cairn Terrier yesterday. She's a sweetie.

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  17. Sounds like a wonderful event. I'm sure I'd be in tears. My two rescues are every bit as much of the family as my purebreds.

    Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family, bot two and four legged.
    Sue
    Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

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  18. We are big fans of rescue, love to hear about your rescue work.

    Mogley G. Retriever

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  19. Wonderful Post and yes to us their is nothing to match a Rescue Parade.
    Happy Valentines Day.

    Sheila & Bob

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  20. Great post Kim and Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours

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  21. My dog(s) will always mean THE most to me! You could give me "top of show" tomorrow and I would turn it down for my own! Nice post...Happy Valentine's Day!!!

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  22. have a big smoocvh with your hubby!

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  23. I totally agree, what a great sentiment.

    Gill in Canada

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  24. Happy V day to you, Carl & all those thousands of lovely doggies. xxxxx

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  25. A very touching post, especially for all of us who turn to adoption to find our companions :o)

    Happy Valentine's Day to all of you and your furry pals :o)

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  26. Kim, I couldn't agree more! The unconditional love that our pets give is irreplaceable!...:)JP

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  27. Oh!!! I could hardly read that without choking up and getting bleary eyed. That was so sweet...what a special event!

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  28. I couldn't agree more with your last sentence. Happy Valentine's Day to you and your lovable canine crew.

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  29. Happy HEARTS Day!

    Of course you know our thoughts on rescues!

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  30. Such a sweet thing! The rescues getting the attention they deserve!

    What a lovely story. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Ahh that is so true. I'll bet that was a wonderful event. And CHARLIE> I can see those beautiful eyes of yours!!! ((huggies))

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  32. Your lucky dogs and others with loving homes will always be "Best of Show" where it counts - in their family's hearts.

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  33. The rescue parade is so touching! Makes me cry happy tears!

    So glad Carl wasn't hurt! That is a very frightening experience! Wish deer would learn to look both ways before crossing the road.

    Glad Tanner is better now. That must've been nervewracking for both of you!

    And here's all I'm gonna say about family 'issues' - just 'cause you're family doesn't mean you have to be friends :)

    Wow, you've had some stressful events here lately! I highly recommend some yummy bath salts and margueritas!

    Road Dogs' Mom

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  34. Wonderful post. Yes, our babies are our champions, no matter what.
    xoxo

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  35. I love your dogs.. They have the sweetest faces.. Looks like they are ready to give one a big kiss with their wet tongues.
    Have a Tiggeriffic Day~! ta ta for now from Iowa:)

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  36. We're sorry to read Tanner is still having problems. We sure hope the medication helps him. And we're sorry to see your poor husband's car! We infer Carl was not hurt, just the car [and the deer]. Hope he can get the car repaired quickly. Finally, what a lovely tribute. We hadn't heard of a Rescue Parade, but it's a fantastic idea, not only to honor the rescues and the rescuers, but to remind the breeders to be responsible, vet their buyers better, and remember their breeding decisions have consequences. Hope next week will be a better week. The doggies have happy faces and muddy feet in their photos; what more could a doggie ask?

    Jed & Abby

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  37. Every time I look at the top pic and the caption, I think "Best in Snow"....

    :-)

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  38. This is such a beautiful story Kim.
    And your right,,, the fur babies that live with us, have won our heart, and that is the biggest award there is.. The most coveted.
    love
    tweedles

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