Mukluk, Mop, Chewbacca or Malachy the Pekingese who won Best in Show at Westminster?

20 Feb

Last week’s big winner at the Westminster Show was little 4 year old, 11lbs Pekingese Malachy. While Malachy’s exuberance and charm is irrefutable, identifying his canine heritage has been a difficult task for some….

This is Malachy

This is a yeti

This is Malachy

This is a mukluk

This is Malachy

This is a mop

This is Malachy

This is a tuffet

Ok enough joshin’ he’s clearly adorable….

Westminster for me is a bit of a guilty pleasure…. It’s like watching models on a NYC or London Fashion Week catwalk (clearly when it’s broadcast on tv as i am not a member of that exclusive luminary club who attends) I know the idealization of a body form that causes pain and suffering to achieve is wrong. And I know that beauty comes from the inner core of a person and has very little to do with Louboutins or Alexander McQueen. But I still can’t help but covet the Louboutins and McQueen creations…. At least for a few minutes….

So Westminster showcases beautiful breeds who I also covet for a few minutes. But then I return to reality and I remember that Westminster changed sponsors this year from Pedigree to Purina, because they did not want to be linked with Pedigree’s incredibly poignant and remarkable ad campaign for shelter dogs. They felt the message was too sad. The message in fact was quite the opposite, that these shelter dogs carry life experience, which in humans we view as a positive attribute. The ad asks you not to feel sorry for a shelter dog, but to adopt one. For more on this, check out this very well-written article

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2 Responses to “Mukluk, Mop, Chewbacca or Malachy the Pekingese who won Best in Show at Westminster?”

  1. S.Heffner February 20, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    Shelter/rescue dogs are the best!!!!! And lest’ be honest, we all can’t be runway models 🙂

  2. Alpha Bitch February 20, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    Truth!

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