Wednesday, January 27, 2010

3 Good Things (new breeds edition)

That's right, folks. As February approaches and my use of 3 Good Things begins to revolve around one large event so exciting that you can feel the electricity - not to mention fine undercoat hairs - in the air, it can only mean one thing . . .

The 2010 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is almost here!

While I'm sad that I will once again miss the opportunity to attend the show in person (by four days, no less), I do plan to update readers with the judging results of both nights from the comfort of my own home rather than the hard seats at Madison Square Garden.

Despite the build up above, I'm still undecided as to whether or not I'll muster the enthusiasm to present Dog Week, my last year's compilation of pictures, AKC information, and witty insight (ahem) of three distinct breeds in each group for the seven nights prior to the event.  But I could not resist introducing you to the three new breeds presenting at the Big Show for the first time this year!

1. Irish Red and White Setter (AKC information here).

Westminster Kennel Club photo

This dog looks like a Brittany with a fancy tail to me.  I dislike Irish Setters and have since I was young. I liken them to the bimbos of the dog world: all beauty, no brains.  Maybe the gene that gives it its multi-colored coat also affects its attention span. It certainly looks more serious than its all-red brethren. I guess I'll save the rest of my judgment for its behavior during the doggie beauty pageant. (The irony is not lost on me.)

Rescue: email 

2. Norwegian Buhund (AKC information here):

Westminster Kennel Club photo

The first bit of information I'd like to know about this breed is how the heck to pronounce its name! I'm tempted to say Buh-HOOND, but don't go around saying it like that unless you don't mind running the risk of sounding like the human equivalent of an Irish Setter.

Anyone here speak Norwegian?

As a Spitz breed, it's unavoidably cute, just not as cute as the Shiba Inu

3. Pyrenean Shepherd (AKC information here).

Westminster Kennel Club photo

If I'm this excited, I can only imagine how exciting this news is for Boo, a Pyrenean Shepherd I met briefly last summer.  In fact, it was the first time I had ever even heard of a Pyrenean Shepherd and now they're in the Big Show.  Beside being an exceptionally alert, well-behaved, and beautiful little dog, Boo - that's Boo de La Brise to you - later gained fame as only the 5th Pyr Shep to earn her Master Agility Champion title!

I defy you to not at least get the urge to shout, "Go, Boo, Go!" as you watch her in action.

No Rescue listed; Club here.

All this talk of Boo makes me miss my Boo - that's Sebasticook's Boo Radley to you - yellow lab quite ordinaire.

A boy and his dog (2002).


Stephen Bourque said...

I don't know a lick of Norwegian, but if I had to use very rudimentary German to guess at a pronunciation for the Buhund, it would be BOO-hoont, with the accent on the first syllable. (I could be wrong, of course!)

Lynne said...

While your logic is compelling, if I'm asked between now and the 15th (when we'll hear David Frei talk about it) I'm going with my interpretation. It makes me laugh.