Happy Monday News Viewers on this last Monday in June, and welcome to Free Range, our Monday free chat full of all the topics fit to chat, rant, question or muse about — you might say we freely range across time, space and the back porch here; the lack of topic means the presence of almost any topic within reason and without assholery. So. … .What’s on your mind today?
I’m thinking about dogs, specifically Ugly Dogs, since Saturday was the Ugliest Dog Contest. The winner was Mr. Happy, 17 years old and a champion, even though he and his competitors would never gain entry into the AKC, would never trot in front of judges at Westminster.
On Saturday, Mr. Happy won First Place in the annual “World’s Ugliest Dog” competition, a tongue-in-cheek pageant held at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. The event returned this year after being canceled twice in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the 70’s, the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest has been a testament that all dogs do not have to meet AKC pedigree standards to be man’s (or woman’s) best friend. The owners of all kinds of dogs are also all kinds of people, from youngsters to senior citizens, adopting dogs despite missing fur, crossed eyes, duck waddles or mismatched ears. They walk possibly pedigreed pooches and Heinz 57 mutts down the red carpet to the cheers and clapping of the crowd.
In contrast to this celebration of dogs who are classified as imperfect and atypical, I wonder if authoritarian leaders prefer only dogs they decree are worthy by the criteria they themselves set?
As it turns out, many dictators have dogs, beautiful dogs. Powerful dictators who use that power to control others seem to have distinctly photogenic pets. 🤔 What do we make of that?
In celebration of dogs of all stripes, congrats to all the ”imperfects”, especially Mr. Happy. … .