Just me, again, in the wake of the Westminster doggie trots

I could have words with the AKC because (1) it categorizes dogs, then (2) decides what their “best” features should be (as in bulldog-like breeds whose noses are so mashed in they can hardly breathe), and then (3) congratulate themselves with a dainty dog show and ribbons. If it weren’t for a bunch of devoted folks, including my old friend, author and Virginia stockman Donald McCaig, they would have destroyed the border collie as a working breed years ago.

Granted, the beagle is about as unpretentious a breed as you’ll ever find on a winner’s lead, but the beagle used to be a proud working dog, and regardless what one thinks of it’s work, now it’s only bred to be … what, pretty? Maybe that’s okay, I don’t know. But what’s a Great Pyrenees with no snowy mountains and nothing to guard? Or the poodle — a once and brilliant retriever, now with no placate (Freudian typo) to swim except a groomer’s tub on Sutton Place.

Where in hell is Westminster anyway?

About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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