If you think of dog shows, you probably think of perfectly puffed and manicured dogs strutting around. Or perhaps you think of German shepherds running a perfect route, as if it’s been practicing all year with its sheep. But this year, there was a new dog on the scene.
In the face of huge crowds and bright lights, one dog stepped up and pulled off the performance of a lifetime. It reminded us of just how talented so many animals are. But is this bulldog the most talented of them all?
Animals can do the craziest things.For some reason, humans have decided that we are the most impressive animals in the world. Sure, we have opposable thumbs, music festivals, pizza, football and the internet, but how can we hope to compete with the animal kingdom?
Have you ever tried to stand on a ball?I can assure you, having accidentally done it on multiple occasions, it's not as easy as this guy makes it look. In fact, it usually results in falling on the floor. But this guy is smashing it. And he can fly. This is just an extra skill he's showing off.
This guy knows how to relax.After a hard day out on the rivers fishing, or climbing trees in search of honey, sometimes all you need is a good sit down. This bear is showing up the rest of his species with his mastery of the chair.
Is there anything funnier than seeing animals acting like humans?This pig must be one of the coolest animals on the planet. He's cooler than most people too. He's definitely worked out that rolling is the way to go.
Cats are known for their agility.Life as a cat requires a lot of jumping, landing and generally fending for themselves. But no matter what tricks cats can master, they're still always going to be second best.
Man only has one best friend.Their boundless enthusiasm, together with their unconditional love, makes dogs the quintessential partner for man on earth. And, if you can get them to pay attention, it's amazing what they can achieve.
Where better to show off than at the Westminster Dog Show?
It was a show for everyone.
It was the dog equivalent of fashion week.
These poodles are really putting the other dogs to shame.
This must be the most agile dog in all the land.
Verb the border collie isn't the only floofy friend stealing hearts at the Westminster Dog Show. #WKCDogShow https://t.co/RwMpKL9MP9— Twitter Moments (@Twitter Moments)1550023986.0
Not all of the dogs were doing quite what they were supposed to.
With a name like King, how could he not win?
Is this a classic case of making it look easy?
When watching Westminster Dog Show, you’re required to say “Our dog could do that” every two minutes while petting him.— Mary (@Mary)1549944200.0
Have you ever wondered what life would be like without dogs?
2019 Westminster Dog Show without dogs https://t.co/VsYj0FS8fN— Daniel Holland (@Daniel Holland)1550092442.0
Sadly it looks like one spectator had a life without dogs very much on his mind.
excuse me, who the hell let Cruella de Vil's stepson into the Westminster Dog Show. this is a legit security threat… https://t.co/dXkC6FMgCB— Rodger Sherman (@Rodger Sherman)1550023451.0
Much as in fashion week, there are some breeds of dog that just fit in, while others…When you think of a bulldog, several images might come to mind. As they tend to be rotund and wrinkly, they don’t suggest agility.
Bulldogs are just not made for speed.Bulldogs look like the angry, older gentleman of the dog world. We're far more used to seeing them doing the equivalent of waddling from the sofa to the fridge and back, than bounding enthusiastically in the wilderness.
But one bulldog has set himself apart from the crowd.Meet Rudy. He is potentially the most athletic bulldog on the planet. Just take a look at him as he flies around this course, as if he were a border collie.
It might not be common, but now we know it's possible.
Who would have thought Rudy the Bulldog could fly around the Westminster Dog Show 2019 so fast! https://t.co/DrSwgxLlZy— Fifty Percent (@Fifty Percent)1549960926.0
As the former human to a very good bulldog, let me just say, hell yeah, Rudy! https://t.co/YOnKKDgt3k— Kevin Murphy 🦦 (@Kevin Murphy 🦦)1550035738.0
People are calling for a recount.In fact, people were so impressed with Rudy's performance, that they thought he should have won. In comparison with the other breeds of dogs that were competing, Rudy's performance is certainly the most impressive.
Not everyone was surprised by Rudy's performance.
Rudy the Bulldog stole the Westminster Dog Show! https://t.co/PH3AsjUQzp Milo was envious. https://t.co/7rC3cI6YRr— Dougie Kass (@Dougie Kass)1550089962.0
The dog show really is the biggest event of the year in the doggy calendar.
Sophie is VERY excited about HER "Super Bowl": The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. #Westminster https://t.co/3Zcydzubr9— Gary Grim #VotedBlue (@Gary Grim #VotedBlue)1550018635.0
Meanwhile some dogs are hoping they can be there next year.
Boxer performs his own stunts while watching Westminster Dog Show. https://t.co/T0enKS76Yo— azcentral (@azcentral)1550122020.0
And she's not the only pup to enjoy the show.
Bella’s watching the Westminster Dog Show https://t.co/wIFAXYeLnl— Wendy Carpio (@Wendy Carpio)1550034408.0
Other dogs are far more self-aware.
When u are watching the Westminster Dog Show and realize dog beauty standards are unrealistic https://t.co/Nf6LxI5D1U— Robin Zlotnick (@Robin Zlotnick)1549933808.0
It's a bad day for cats.Not all the pets were impressed with the viewing schedule. This cat speaks for cats everywhere when he questions why people are watching dogs jump through hoops, while they go out and catch birds every day.
The truth is that dogs are just better than cats.
Cats might be able to jump and hunt, but the ingenuity of some dogs is remarkable. Watching them play is a joy to behold.