The Magical World of Dog People
If you are a junior with parents who are not what we would call “dog people,” you may feel like Hermione from the famous Harry Potter book series, a uniquely talented young person with “muggle” parentage. Actually, the dog fancy is a community not unlike J. K. Rowling’s magical world. It is filled with its own unique jargon, like “gait,” “bait,” and “stack.” Just as Hogwarts students are sorted by the magic hat into their houses, dogs are placed in groups based on their common traits and skills. And sadly, there are some people like the Malfoys who regard a dog’s bloodline as more important than its individual character and quality. Though there are breeders, judges, and handlers which have molded and protected the sport of dogs like the famous witches and wizards of Rowling’s realm have done for magic. No doubt, just as in the Potter fantasies, there are certain peculiarities belonging to the dog world which stick out to the newcomer, but often go unnoticed by veteran fanciers—be they young or old.
So, to lightheartedly caution and inform fanciers who count themselves “newbies,” and for the amusement of those who unabashedly live and breathe the dog show life, here is a list of indicators that signal to everyone that you, indeed, have become a “dog nut.”
If none of these sound out of the ordinary for you, then you must be a true dog person. If you are still a bit bewildered by this list, hang in there—you’ll understand eventually! And fortunately, unlike the fictional magical world, if you want to be part of the dog world, you don’t need an invitation, because everyone who loves dogs and wants to be a part of the dog show world can be. Just be warned—you might pick up some unusual traits.