I wonder sometimes what it would be like. The lights and the cameras and the judges and the people. And the dogs. So many beautiful dogs. Tonight people across the country are tuning in to watch the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, a world-renowned competition I would say would be like the doggie equivalent to the Superbowl.
There’s only one catch. To participate, you need to be a purebred dog, who likely comes from a family of dogs bred specifically for a the life of a show dog. Generation after generation, these dogs literally have competition in their blood.
Throughout my life, I have personally had mixed feelings about purebred show dogs. I give them all kinds of credit for what they do, but I can’t help but feel a bit slighted for something as simple as not being purebred. I’m far from it. I know my mom was a Norwich terrier, but I never knew my dad. For all I know he was a mixed breed of some kind too. And that’s okay.
On most days, I embrace all things that make me unique. I am one of a kind and I like that about myself. I used to question how unique a purebred dog could really be, given their extensive breeding and training and grooming. Then I heard the story of CC, a local Papillon competing tonight in the big gig.
Weighing in at slightly less than eight pounds, CC may be small, but his heart is big. And it turns out his motivation to do well at the big competition is even bigger. It was a dream of his breeder to have him compete at Westminster, so it is in her honor that CC took the stage tonight after she passed away a few months ago from ALS.
A friend to whoever he meets, he’s a stranger to no one. Learning that we have that, and a deeply embedded love and appreciation for where we come from, in common changed something in my heart. It made me stop wondering what it would be like to be in all the lights and see all the cameras and the people. Instead, I want to cheer on my soul brother, CC, as he competes for a cause. Because while we all are indeed one of a kind, we are united in spirit.
To read more about CC: http://www.germantownnow.com/news/purpose-driven-dog-to-travel-from-germantown-to-compete-in-westminster-dog-show-b99433858z1-290535401.html