Tuesday, 18 February 2014

A Dog Show for Dogs


In the afternoon I enjoy lazing on the couch in front of the telly but the TV channels don't truly cater for the canine audience. You don't get a dog food show to salivate over where the chef presents a guest dog with a bowl of 'here's one I made earlier'. The quiz shows hold no appeal as I'm rarely interested in the trivia the humans pass off as general knowledge. And it's rare to find a house hunter who considers where the dog bed is going to go. Maybe the odd comment about 'the garden being big enough for the dog' but no mention of where the local dog walks are. 

Now Channel 4 have finally answered my prayers and put on a television programme aimed at me: a dog game show, 'Superstar Dogs', hosted by John Barrowman

From L to R: Captain Jack with John and Harris
There are three dogs, of different sizes and breeds, who compete over three rounds to see who's best. There's a retrieval round, that I would struggle with as I don't like to swim. If my master threw one of my toys into a pool of deep water, I'd bark obscenities at him until he fetched it himself. Then there's a fly ball round, followed by a deciding agility round that I would love. If I was competing I would take the time penalty to eat all the tasty treats in Temptation Alley. The show appealed to me because the dogs weren't perfect. They had flaws and messed up some of the activities, but weren't mocked by the commentator or JB. It was a bit awkward though when John had to tell them how long their dog had taken and try to inject some suspense into it when it was obvious it wasn't quick. 

I wonder if Channel 4 has offered any psychological help to the winner to cope with the imminent fame and lifestyle change that comes with the title, "Superstar Dog". I realise the glory will be fleeting, much like it is for a Big Brother or Apprentice winner, but what if the winner gets followed around by the Pooperazi, wanting to snatch a piccy of them performing a bodily function or sniffing another mystery beau's bottom. If they're a pedigree breed and are seen showing interest in a mongrel, for instance, their reputation could be ruined. 

I was surprised they got Jim Rosenthal to commentate. What's his connection with dogs?  Was Peter Purves busy or did he just want too much money?