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For those who don't know, Crufts is the
world's largest dog show, and is a truly
bizarre event that celebrates all things
I like to acknowledge Crufts with a new
idea on each of its anniversaries. Last
I brought you "Every Dog has it's
which I liked (surprise,
surprise) but not
many other folk appreciated. For the year
before, there was Pedigree Basalt, which
This year I present the Geranium
Shepherd. This is a competition to
who can convert their Alsatian dog's head
into the most realistic or imaginative
Each competitor is given as a starting
point one of those plastic conical collars,
used to stop an injured animal from
licking a recently treated wound. It's
up to them to customise it in whatever
way they choose.
"And this year's winner is Simon, the
barking, snapping Venus Fly Trap,
complete with orbiting,
Jack Russell Cone Head
would make a nice daisy [xenzag, Mar 07 2008]
[skinflaps, Mar 07 2008]
||+ I love this, and would like to see a *pansy-pit bull*.
||Oh very good. With a whole pup brood (is that the right term?), you could have a collie border.
||Litter in your borders? Youth of today, eh!
||And I thought the poodle haircuts were ridiculous... +
||Wisterrier. Goldenrod retriever.
||Oh bugger. I promised myself I'd stay off
||Germanium shepherd. Dress half of him
up in a black suit and tape a truncated
baton to one paw, thereby making him a
||One of the alternative names of the Shih Tzu used in China was "Crysanthemum-faced dog" - this name arose from the technique of brushing and combing the dog's facial hair outwards from the nose, so that the head looks like the bloom of a Chrysanthemum.
||It takes remarkably little effort to produce this effect, especially if the Shih Tzu in question has just awoken from a peaceful night's sleep and is suffering from the condition known as "morning face" (which can afflict humans, too).
||By an odd coincidence, I went to a local
animal exhibit near us, but was
disappointed to find that their only exhibit
was a single dog. I thought it was a Shih
||I still really dislike Crufts.
||You were spotted at last year's show,
and you can't change that.
||Oh, honey!, you shouldn't have!
||Merci beaucoup for my basset round (bouquet)!