Not Ready for the Dog Show

Those of us who have had dogs that defy description can relate to this story from Slim Randles about Dud and his dog. And hopefully it can bring a smile as you read along. 

I’m sure the guys at the Mule Barn Truck Stop will be happy to share some of the coffee and french toast with you. Help yourself and enjoy.

“I took Duckworth to the dog show up in the city last weekend,” Dud said.

The other members of the Mule Barn truck stop’s world dilemma think tank and philosophy counter just looked at him.

Doc put it gently. “Dud, was this so he could get some inspiration on looking good?”

Duckworth was a medium-sized dog that found Dud while Dud was walking and thinking about the novel he’s writing. No one answered the ad he put in the Valley Weekly Miracle, so he was named Duckworth, for some reason Dud seemed to want to keep to himself. To be honest, the dog looked like he fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.

“No, I was going to enter him in the dog show,” Dud said. “Took him right up to the registration table and tried to get him in a class. The lady there looked at ol’ Duck and asked to see his papers.”

Dud grinned. “I told her they were back home on the floor of the laundry room. She didn’t think it was funny.”

Now Duckworth had been introduced to the other dogs in the group at the sale barn, as is the custom, and Dud’s pals had been hesitant to ask much about him. Duckworth looked like something put together by a committee with a sense of humor. Oh, he was a dog … no doubt about that. But what kind of dog he was? It made for interesting coffee speculation, that’s for sure.

“You know,” Dud said, “Anita was against me getting any kind of dog until Duckworth came along. When I explained to her that Duckworth was a bird dog … a duck dog, actually, and that he’d help me bring more birds home, she finally gave in.”

“He’s a bird dog?” Steve said. “What kind?”

“Now that’s what that dog show lady asked me, you know? I had to explain to her about canardly terriers, because she wasn’t familiar with them.”


“Canardly terriers, you betcha,” Dud said, grinning, “why, I’ll bet you canardly tell what kind of terrier he is!”

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Slim Randles writes a nationally syndicated column, “Home Country” that is featured in 380 newspapers across the country. He is also the author of a number of books including  Saddle Up: A Cowboy Guide to Writing. That title, and others, are published by  LPD Press. If you enjoy his columns here on the blog, you might want to check out the book Home Country. It features some of the best of the columns he has shared with us.

2 thoughts on “Not Ready for the Dog Show”

  1. This dog looks identical to a dog we rescued in November 2016 from a Petsmart event in Norwalk, CT. We were told he was from Tennessee, but do not know if he originated there. Where did you find this dog? I am impressed by the resemblance of such an unusual dog. (We named him Rosco)Wondering if this dog is related to mine somehow. lol.We believe he is a schnauzer lab mix but it is possible there is some wheaten terrier in there somewhere too. Identical dog!

    1. I got the picture online when I did a Google search for “ugly dogs” LOL I actually thought he was so ugly he was endearing. I don’t recall where the picture came from.

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