From Dog Show to Stage Show

With my love for the show ring, and posing all over the place, when mummy’s prep school asked for a dog to play the role of Nana in the Year 6 production of Peter Pan, she said I would audition.  She was met with raised eyebrows.  A terrier? In a school play? Oh no, no, no.  Let’s audition the Labradors and all the other ‘family-friendly’ dogs first.  So we waited our turn.  We were last in the line.

With my Ringcraft training, I came out miles ahead of every other dog who auditioned.  I got the part of Nana and joined a long established tradition of pantomime dames.  I love the lights, sounds, children, audience…  I’m so used to shows that the moment my show lead is slipped on, I switch on ‘dog show’ mode, whatever the arena, whoever the handler.  I was handled exclusively by small children for four hour-long performances over the course of a week and performed perfectly every time.

I’m sorry to report that my fellow human cast were most disappointed that all the attention and plaudits were nearly exclusively for a young master Chuck Bennett.  Star of the stage!



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