A friend and I have been thinking about putting a trick routine together for an upcoming fundraising event. She has a boston terrier who is also in agility so has quite the repertoire of her own. Who could resist the double cuteness?
For inspiration I hit up Youtube, thinking I’d be able to find many videos of two dogs doing tricks together. Shockingly, my search came up empty. I found a single clip featuring a pretty slow-moving freestyle routine with two handlers and two dogs, but nothing that gave me any ideas. I think this is the very first time that website has let me down.
Shame, Youtube, shaaaaammme. You are officially off my holiday card list.
Not that the dearth of multi-dog trick videos prevented me from wasting more of my time watching dogs perform in goofy ways. Forget Facebook, that website will always be my ultimate time suck. From cutesy scenes of kittens snoring to dogs who ride bicycles, I can – and have – spent hours going from clip to clip, not even realizing it’s eight o’clock, I haven’t eaten anything, and my dog has taken herself for a walk.
Eventually I came across another video showcasing a canine freestyle competition. There are millions of them out there but it’s not something I regularly follow. This time it was a comment that got my attention rather than the video itself. I quote:
“The dogs are good but the masters look very ridiculous.”
Awkward use of “masters” aside, this offhand remark made me smile. It’s true. These dog handlers do look really silly. They are crawling around on all fours dressed up in top hats and sparkly leotards. Some of them struggle with rhythm and you can tell they are concentrating hard on getting the steps perfect. The competitors and judges take this stuff seriously, after all, which only seems to make them look even funnier.
At least, to someone who doesn’t get it.
In my opinion, this is exactly why dogs are so awesome. They encourage us to be completely ridiculous. Dogs just want to have a good time and never worry about how they appear to others. The handlers in this video have picked up on that wonderful canine spirit. Dogs don’t care about looking cool or sophisticated. If it wasn’t for dogs, no one would ever have the guts to wear purple paw print jackets. (Which, I think, the woman in the video pulls off quite well.) You can easily tell that every person and animal team is having brilliant fun out there in the ring.
So here’s to looking like fools as we play with our dogs. Outsiders may judge but they don’t know what they are missing!