"Not My Dog": Tales from Puppy Raising

Thursday, January 05, 2006

And in the meantime, some perspective...

At least I'm spending all this time on the dog for something worthwhile ... as opposed to a recent article in the NY Times about people teaching their dogs to dance:

Fetch! Roll Over! Heel! Now, Let's Dance!
By MIREYA NAVARRO (NYT) 1772 wordsPublished: December 18, 2005

GRETCHEN MAVROVOUNIOTIS considered the theme songs from ''Ghostbusters'' and ''Footloose'' before settling on ''Can't Stop the Music'' by the Village People. The disco beat, she said, is the best for her dance partner, since it best shows off his forward weave and counterclockwise turns.
''What I like,'' she said, ''is fast-paced music to keep up his enthusiasm, so he doesn't get bored and just plod along. I also look for music where you have transitions, where you can put in some of the flashier moves, like back up, turn around and back through my legs.''
Ms. Mavrovouniotis, you see, dances with her dog. In the world of canine sports and shows, what is formally known as freestyle dancing does not rise to the level of performance usually sanctioned by the American Kennel Club, which regards freestyle as entertainment.


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