This past week I attended one of the most auspicious and prestigious events in the world. On display were fabulous hair-do’s, sparkling jewelry, gowns and tuxedos, and very famous competitors with fantastic names. There were surprises and upsets, protests even! Glamour, glamour, everywhere. This week was the incredible spectacle known as the Westminster Dog Show.
I have watched the Westminster Dog Show every year for many years, offering commentary to my television as only an armchair quarterback can do, and am continually amazed at the sheer number and variety of canine breeds. Some breed names are so long and complicated they are typically reduced to initials only, or include parenthetical titles for distinctions. My favorite of these is the PBGV (say that five times fast!) which stands for Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen.
Being there, in the thick of it, and staying in the same hotel as many of the dogs, was a completely different experience all together than watching it on TV, and quite fun. The dogs were gorgeous, continuously coiffed, meticulously clean (I saw some wearing booties during their walks), and easy-going even with all the noise, people, and other dogs. These dogs are calm, cool, and collected, and their names are thunderous, stupendous examples of Style, with a capital “S.”
Here is a short list of some of my very favorite champion dog names from this year’s show:
- Ch Bodacious In Enemy Territory (a Bichons Frises)
- Ch Blackwater’s Breaking N Entering NJP (a Belgian Tervuren)
- Ch Chaoyang Chick Magnet At Asia (this one’s a Chinese Shar-Pei)
- Ch Fuzzy Farm Devil Made Me Do It (a Havanese)
- Ch Gladrags Original Buttonfly (a Curly-coated Retriever)
- A Sussex Spaniel named: Ch Erinhill Cpnwy Mr Fuzzywrinkles
And my personal all-time favorite is the moniker for a Maltese named (drum roll please):
- Ch Ta-Jon’s Whose Your Sugar Daddy?
How awesome is that?
I learned that STYLE has no bounds, and we should all have a Champion name. Something that rings true for each of us, a secret (or not-so-secret) reminder of our nature, our authentic self that’s stupendous, incredible, funny and oh-so-stylish. I’ve already decided on my children’s champion names: Ch Bossy McGee and Ch Sassy La Rue. They are free to change these, of course, when they become grown-ups! Today, my champion name is: Ch Dive Right In The Water’s Fine. (I reserve the right to change that at any time!)
What’s your Champion name?