Monday, 23 April 2012
JH enters dog show with Great Dane
Found this while having a clear-out - the first and only time I entered a dog show - in the mid-70s by the look of it. I lived in Cheshire then, and reckon I was about 14 when this picture was taken.
It was, of course, just a companion dog show and I entered Dougal, one of our Danes, in the Dog with the Longest Tail class. The judge was comic actor Jimmy Edwards - who I hated because he pulled Dougal's tail to get a laugh from the crowd.
Dougal looks like a gawky teenager here - perhaps about 14 months old. He was not the sharpest stick in the box. And neither he, nor our other Dane, Brig(adier), lived very long. Loved 'em both, though, and while they could get up the stairs, they slept on my (single) bed with two Siamese cats, Anna and Tao - old-fashioned ones with apple-shaped heads, not like the scary narrow-headed Siamese too often seen today. (Another victim, unfortunately, of the show-ring.)
Yes, yes, Pedigree Cats Exposed is a project, too.