My mutt, Mister President, was part of a group of dogs assembled by Who’s Walking Who Dog Training — all mixed-breeds, all adopted from shelters — who trained for about six weeks, learning various obedience and performance tricks. He took part in a few group obedience sequences, played a few games of canine-style musical chairs, and even performed his own two-minute solo routines to a medley of “Hail to the Chief” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”
This is clearly a case of me getting a bit too enthusiastic about my dog, but it was ultimately really fun (even if the training was a bit laborious) and for a good cause. There were several shelters and rescues represented at the show today, so hopefully a lot of mutts found new homes. He was exhausted and so were we by the end of the day, but I felt that, in our own vainglorious little way, we did something good today.
Right: Mister President, just before the show. Below right: Rounding the matts in a heated game of canine musical chairs.