Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Horror Of It All

Puppy and I are exhausted. Two days of a benched show -- chained to some bolt-like-thing on some surface as hard as rock. Somebody please call the SPCA! Can you see the torture that Andrew and I had to go through? Oh, the questions about my feet and Puppy's bibs. I have a headache bigger than a mastiff. St. Joseph's Extra Strength Aspirin For Newfies, where are you?

But there was some fun in all the nonsense. I got to see Aunt Mer, Aunt Heidi, Aunt Jill, and Aunt Dawn, and a lot of friends we hadn't seen since our days in North Beach. They gave us love and support. Unfortunately, some of our aunts who used to parade as friends did not so much as stop by and even say hello to us, much less give us a pat on the head or throw us a bone. We received far nicer treatment from others who also had Newfies with them. They offered us water and cookies, and congratulated me on getting Winner's Dog on Saturday. (Maybe we've had it all wrong for far too long.) And bless Uncle Jeff and Aunt Blossum for loving us and taking such good care of us.

Most of all, we got to spend a few days with Gizzy's mom, who came all the way from Canada to see us, help out Dad, and cheer us on. You just can't imagine a nicer person with a nicer hubby and a more gorgeous Newfie. Aunt Cindy, we love you with all the slobber we could even muster.

But the weekend was marred and this cannot be ignored: you see, the person who bred us and was at the show did not so much as even acknowledge our existence. Nothing. Not a nod, not a smile, no congratulations. In short, complete disregard. Now folks (and even I) call me "Scoldy Boy", so I can possibly (ever so remotely) see her ignoring me because she always has. But Puppy? Puppy is the sweetest thing on the face of the earth -- he is pure joy. Ignoring Puppy is like . . . well, I just don't have the words it's so Daffy-Duck-despicable. So I'll tell you what I think because Puppy doesn't carry such thoughts: it's that this person is only about money and we're no longer a source of money to her, so we're not worth what she sees as a waste of her time, er, dollars. No breeder, much less anyone who knows a Newfie, can be considered anything other than completely vile for acting as if we do not exist. Yet for two days, being no more than 30 feet away, nothing. To her we are just food for the crow because there is no longer profit for her in us. Dad says his Mom used to say, "let your conscience be your guide". We'd say that to her but it assumes the existence of a conscience. And anyone who bred him yet would ignore Puppy is beyond description, outside the realm of the senses.

Today we must, therefore, say a prayer for the ten, because who knows if she ever has. It simply gets self-servingly referred to as "an accident", as if to imply the absence of fault. Yet anyone with an ounce of humanity would live by the words of Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

"Since then, at an uncertain hour,
That agony returns,
And till my ghastly tale is told
This heart within me burns."
(The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, vv. 582-85.)

As Primo Levi so perceptively wrote in The Drowned and The Saved, "human memory is a marvelous but fallacious instrument. The further events fade into the past, the more the construction of convenient truth grows and is perfected."

Judgment day, by judge, jury, and more importantly, by the Newfie Gods, still awaits. We would not wish to be in your shoes.

Bless our friends and may there be not contempt but rather sympathy for the others.



Flanaghan the Newfie said...

What's it all about, Satchie?

Your buddy,
Flanaghan the Newfie

U.K. said...

Well put.

Randi said...
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Randi said...

Hey Satchie...I don't know how ANYONE could ignore the two of you...My mom would run across the street & dodge rush hour traffic to just give you boys a hug...

& I also feel sorry for both of you...hard surfaces & hardly any cookies? TORTURE!

Congrats Satchie on your award!

Love & Licks,

Life is good in Koda's World said...

Wow Satchie and Drew you two are so handsome and look so professional! They should give you guys more treats for being so good. I'll send your mom an e mail to make sure that happens.


Clyde (I'm a Newfie Too) said...

Hey Guys --

You know (I know you know) she doesn't even recognize me as being from her kennel. How bad is that?

Clyde (I'm a Newfie Too)

U.K. Too said...

Indeed despicable.

Anonymous said...

JB said...


That's just plain criminal for anyone to treat you guys that way.

Take er easy and congrats on the win.


Anonymous said...

Well said

Gizmosav said...

Congratulations Satchie, you two looked spectacular, my mom loved spending a couple days with you,
Thanks for looking after my mom for me!
Your Buddy Gizzy!!!

Suzy said...

Hi guys --

You two look beautiful.
Don't sweat the small stuff -- Big Jack never did and I'm sure he's watching and is proud of you.



UK Newf said...

A horrid affair, but important to remember.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your win!

Anonymous said...

Took my two small dogs there recently to board for a week. The charge was an astounding one thousand dollars ($1,000.00). Money, money, money.

UK Clubbers said...

No sympathy for the devil.

Sandee & Elmo said...

Congrats Satch --

You guys look so great and happy together.

Sandee & Elmo

U2K said...

"When all is done, upon the tomb will be seen"....

UK Newfie said...

How someone who bred you two could not love you two is simply beyond belief and in defiance of humanity.

Augie & Andrea said...

Love the pictures of you and Andrew. Shame about your fair weather friends, but you guys look great.


Augie & Andrea

Anonymous said...

Good job boys

U.K. Dog said...

Well done.

Chai said...

Hey, now I know what you guys have been up to. Mom found your blog on Blogs for Dogs.
What's this beauty pageant world you've been in? Sounds crazy.
You and Andrew need to get back out to the beach and pick up where the King of Crissy Field, Big Jack, left off keeping all of us safe.

Hope to see you guys out there.


Vic & The Kids said...

Satchie --

Don't trip on it; we have a bigger enemy to slay -- the GGNRA.

Brits said...

Thank you for remembering, for the dogs.

McCain ,Boyero Berna said...

Hi, !
I love reading your blog.
Those are cute photos.
You looked beautiful

OBD said...

You guys don't need crap like that -- get out of the show world.

Anonymous said...

Should have been banned for life.

Anonymous said...

Don't fret boys, you are better off without her. I worked there for a relatively short time, and it was most certainly horror, for me and all the dogs.

YouKay said...

Exactly how people over here felt and still feel.