Commenter “IGotBupkis” recommended the following “dance” video, and I was flabbergasted and charmed when I saw it, because this is a genre of pas de deux that had somehow heretofore escaped my notice:
It turns out there’s an entire world of dogdancing competition. Who knew? You can find tons of videos on YouTube, but that’s one of the best. I’m especially impressed with how the dog in that video is not in constant contact with the trainer and can’t even see her at many points in the routine, and yet still hits her marks and makes her moves what looks like perfectly.
Also, dogdancing seems to be good exercise, because they’re all thin. The people, that is; not the dogs.
If you want to learn a little bit about it, here’s some information.
Another thing I didn’t know is that a dancing dog act had won “Britain’s Got Talent” back in 2012, and this made both the dog Pudsey and his teenage trainer Ashleigh celebrities. Here’s Ashleigh speaking:
‘But there’s going to be a point where Pudsey can’t do what he’s doing and I do worry and think, “Oh, what am I going to do when Pudsey can’t dance any more?” I know this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience so I’ve just got to enjoy it as much as possible. At the end of the day I’m not a fashion icon or a singer.
‘I’m a girl with a dog — and most people look at the dog.’
Most people look at the dog. Twas ever thus. Interesting article, actually. Ashleigh’s mother trains dogs and early on she realized Pudsey was something special. Ashleigh was a shy girl, not doing well in school, but tenacious when it came to training her dog, as one might imagine.