May 10, 2021

Don't Diss the Dog Days


Don't Diss the Dog Days
Slide to the left, slide to the right, one hop this time! "Dancing Dog" by basykes is licensed under CC BY 2.0

On May 3, the Russian Canine Federation announced the winners of the Eurasia 2020-2021 Dog Dancing Competition. Twenty pairs competed in the show in two categories: “Freestyle” and “Moving Alongside Music.” The winners of this competition will go on to perform in the European Championship 2021 that will be held in St. Petersburg.

Lyubov Shinkarevich and his border collie Aisknekst Twist, Irina Kashcheeva and her white Swiss Shepherd Kalashnikov, and Polina Ilyina with her long-haired Pyrenean Shepherd Hardyheart came out top dog in the Freestyle category.

Lyudmila Aybogina and the border collie Let's Just Do It as well as Polina Ilyina with her Malinois Liniya Gracii Sabur Grand and another representative of the same breed, Liniya Gracii Ilim Yan, took prizes in the category “Moving Alongside Music.”

Of course, any leader would be remiss to neglect an opportunity to dog his followers about his principles.

President of the Canine Federation Vladimir Golubev reminded listeners that the purchase of fancy clothing for their furry friends is a frivolous thing. Why dress your friends up like their own dinner? Far better, Golubev claimed, to get them good treats.

Certainly few pups would disagree!

 

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