The title of Arizona’s Favorite Dog is awarded to
Honestly, I was looking for excuses not to go to the Judging. It was at a location in an expensive part of Scottsdale. We don’t even have the clothes to go there! I had hoped to pawn Slugger off on his Aunt Julie and Uncle Chris, who dress nicer and have better social skills, for the event. Unfortunately, my one and only full-proof excuse not to go; a client coming into town, turned out to be later in the month.
Though we did venture south of Bell Road into the bowels of the City, we didn’t really take it seriously. The title has been won by a small purebred since the contest began. What chance did a simple, flatulent, messy, mixed breed Slug have? And a pit mix to boot!
Though I did put him up on the people bed the night before so he could get his “Beauty Sleep”, we ended up skipping his planned bath the next day. Also, since his collar disappeared many moons ago, we stuck Morty’s on him, said collar being covered in mud.
So off went Slugger, in all his mud stained and stinky glory, with Morty’s muddy collar, and his under-dressed parents, to the glitzy side of Scottsdale, to a dog beauty contest, that has never been won by a large dog, let alone a mutt. But hey, there was also a potential win for the large dog section. Perhaps the judges would like stubby, stinky and stupid…
I had pretty much had enough of the Bar Volume music after Slug was done with the judges and was ready to go home. Crabby said we should hang out a little longer, so we did, but outside.
Small dog winner was named.
Large dog winner was named.
The Crabby Man said, “We can go now”, so we started to leave.
Then we heard, “Dog of the Year goes to Slugger!”.
Shock? mystification? Stunned? Try them and more!
Truth be known, as “Adopt a pound pup” a promoter as I am, if I were a judge, Dog of the Year should have gone to Jesse, winner of the small dog section. He (or was it she?) was cute, confident and had a lot of tricks up his (or her) sleeve.
But still, giving the award to Slugger is a win for his kind. Please read the Blog acceptance speech at https://ranchrunamuck.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/what-sluggers-acceptance-speech-would-have-been/.