How Westminster always looks to me.

Posted in blog post on February 18th, 2010 by Merrill Markoe
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Every year I watch the Westminster dog show and I think about making this. This year I did it. Here it is.

17 Responses to “How Westminster always looks to me.”

  1. Cathy says:

    Do you think this is a case of “clothes demotion?” These women all look like they’re recyling the wedding suits they wore to their niece or nephew’s wedding eight years ago. I occasionally demoted a dress and wore it to work. Now I have to wonder how I looked — especially since I didn’t have a puppy at my side as a buffer.

    • That’s very funny. Someone else pointed out to me that there are no women in pants at Westminster. I then noticed that EVERY woman and man is wearing a suit. So apparently there is a dress code. As if it isn’t humbling enough to have to run in a circle next to a purebred, in front of an audience. I watch those serious looking people running around in their suits with their dogs and it just makes me laugh.

      • SusanM says:

        I imagine many of you have seen “Best in Show”. The real dog show has not yet measured up to the man “with two left feet” who won in the movie.
        I had already decided that I couldn’t “show” because I have an ectomorphic (scrawny non-athletic build) body with a real tummy attached which deserves its own name. Also I HATE to accessorize ,and hate ballet flats let alone run in them. Also Sophie refuses to take part. No worry, she’s a very mixed breed.
        I always wondered if there was a dress code, so thanks for clarifying that for me. I also found that part strange, but couldn’t figure out why. Thanks for interpreting the world for me. I’m glad others find the same thing strange. Maybe a young kid who resembles “Lassie’s” Timmy, could carry off the Running – of- the -Dogs better.

  2. Kelly says:

    Of course there is a dress code, and the #1 rule is don’t outshine your dog! Since it is a DOG show (not a PEOPLE show), most people rightly spend more time, energy, and money making the dog look his/her best. Pumps are obviously out of the question for showing any breed that requires the handler to run.

    • Ah. Obviously running in pumps would be impossible for anyone except Sarah Jessica Parker. But now that I think of it, even casual attire would end up being funny. To me anyway. People running around in a stadium next to their dogs is just funny to me.

  3. Shelley says:

    You have us nailed….but the Best of Breed Cardigan (who was the sire of my last litter) was shown by a woman in (horrors!!!) PANTS!! – so it can happen :o)

    • I’m surprised that MOST of the women aren’t wearing pants. Not that it would change much. But at least if you looked decidedly casual, it might add an air of playfulness that wouldn’t be quite as easy to make fun of.

  4. I love this so, so much. I just. I can’t even. Merrill, you have truly outdone yourself.

    Off to go bra shopping!

  5. Jennifer says:

    Dogs that are better groomed than I am intimidate me.

  6. Margaret says:

    That is one of the funniest videos I’ve ever seen.

    My normally relatively self-controlled 45-year-old bladder failed me.

  7. Susan says:

    Is your book going to have an accompanying DVD???!!! And that must be your Andy doing the “announcing” – good acting skills!

    • Oddly enough, my book is NOT going to have an accompanying DVD . And yes, that IS Andy doing the announcing. BTW, If you are not familiar with Andy’s real work and also like really smart songwriting, check out
      I would offer a money back guarantee, but you didn’t pay me any money. Or if you did, I can’t find it.

      • Susan says:

        I’m sure it seems odd to combine a book with a DVD, but I think it would Rock if you included just a few sketches like the one’s you’ve put on this blog!! They’re hysterical! and complement your writing. Will definitely check out Andy’s “real” work, too. (very nice voice)