There’s more to the Westminster Dog Show than perfectly prim and proper pups. Before the breed competitions, the agility course tests each dog’s agility and speed. The goal for every pooch and their owner attempting the agility course at the Westminster Dog Show is to have the quickest and cleanest run. But that’s only the case if the dog wants to win. Sometimes the dog may have other aspirations.
Winky the bichon frise certainly had other goals in mind for his run at the 2019 show. He took his sweet, sweet time and worked the crowd. Instead of a lightning fast 30 seconds on the course, Winky milked his time in the spotlight and played around the ring for more than double the winning time.
Take a look at his agility performance below, which the Westminster Dog Show shared in a funny tweet.
— Westminster Dog Show (@WKCDOGS) February 10, 2019
His handler even had to slow down and wait for him throughout the course. Generally, the handler is racing to keep pace with their four-legged companion.
Winky plodded through the course with a free-spirited air about him. He accrued penalties in most of the obstacles. Unfazed, he continued his creative interpretation of the athletic competition. It was a bit like seeing a gymnast perform on a track rather than an actual runner’s race. And, Winky’s run was definitely a performance.
The highlight might have been a dramatic pause atop an A-frame obstacle. He looked around and only descended from the height after sufficient audience applause encouraged him on. Winky paused again on another elevated obstacle right in front of a group of excited fans. They loved the extra attention, responding with whoops and hollers aimed at the pup.
— Westminster Dog Show (@WKCDOGS) February 12, 2019
I think we all could learn a thing or two from Winky’s unorthodox approach. Why not slow down and take in the view from the top? Or, when you have all eyes on you, take the time to soak in the moment. Finally, instead of rushing through life and trying to be the best, enjoy the experience and pay attention to the people supporting you.
The time to beat was 40 seconds at the time of Winky’s run. When this amazing pup crossed the finish line, his clock showed 100 seconds and a whopping 92 errors. Suffice it to say, he didn’t come close to winning, but he did win all of our hearts like a true champion.