Sunday, February 12, 2012

Top Dog

The Westminster Dog Show is on even as I type; this is actually something of a favorite in our household, as it gives you a chance to see all sorts of incredibly cute dogs that I would never in my lifetime want to actually own. (St. Bernard's? Adorable. St. Bernard poop? This is why I only watch them on TV.)

And of course, the announcers are constantly talking about the reasons each dog were bred, their strengths, and the reasons people would want to own one. "One of the biggest dogs recognized by the American Kennel Club, the massive Mastiff loves being around people and is known to bond closely with his ‘family.’ A combination of grandeur and good nature as well as courage and docility, he was bred in England and used as a watchdog for more than two thousand years. The breed’s short coat can be fawn, apricot or brindle." (An actual quote from the American Kennel Club website, but I'm pretty sure that's what they read off when they introduce the dog.)

And hearing this, I suddenly pictured Jeremy Clarkson saying, "At least...that's what the Kennel Club says. We wanted to see if it was actually true. So we had the Stig take this 2011 Mastiff out for a walk out on our test course." And then it'd cut to a sequence of a man wearing a racing suit and face-concealing driving helmet, going out for a walk with a mastiff while Clarkson delivered a monologue consisting of things like, "The Mastiff's reputation is of a watchdog, but frankly, if this Mastiff is a watchdog, it's a watchdog that loses at least two minutes a day." Then perhaps there'd be a long montage of them trying to breed their own dogs, and a celebrity coming on the show to take out a dog for a spin around the track.

And naturally, the show titles itself. "Top Dog".

Oh, go on. You know you want to see it.

5 comments:

Beachfox said...

I would totally watch it, but I'd be hating you the whole time. Just so you know...

Jon Gad said...

Celebrity with a Reasonably Priced Mutt?

Would the races be James and Richard trying out a cat while Jeremey has a dog?

Actually their doing one of their Big Trip episodes about going to the birthplace of a certain breed would be pretty interesting.

Dammit, now I do want to watch it!

magidin said...

I'd like to see Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage take a crack at it as well...

Margaret said...

Fu

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Brilliant

Food Fan Frank said...

Haha, brilliant post. I enjoy watching the show for similar reasons. To look at cute dogs that I would never own, but like to look at anyways. Thanks for this post.