Ya don’t get lard less’n you boil a hog

Much of our adventure with the National Dog Agility League was spurred along by the filming of a dog agility reality show “sizzle reel” by Bishop Lyons Entertainment. It’s really kind of a cool concept. We envision a program that features a Top Dog team with some spiffy agility dogs and handlers who compete on a course that anyone in the world can put up and try their own dogs (and compete against that team on TV).

The sizzle reel is done. This week I have a Skype conference scheduled with Bishop Lyons in which we will discuss the marketing of the Top Dog program. The “sizzle reel” is nothing more than a marketing advertisement, intended to entice a network to buy and publish the program. Cross your fingers, eh?

The agility world would love a program that features our favorite sport. Whether this will be an interesting and compelling (and profitable?) program for a network is an unanswered question.

In the meantime we are building the league. We are at an awkward moment in which the founding Franchises are coming into being; and we are defining the scope and purpose of the agility league. We’re at the sock hop, the band is playing, but everyone is sitting in their plastic chairs around the ball-room waiting for somebody to start the dance.

The Plan

Within the week I will publish a three month schedule for league competition. I intend to establish the pro forma methodology for writing league rules and guidelines. And we will establish methods for recognizing agility championships in a recreational competition.

Stay tuned …

Jim Basic once told me, agility is just dogs jumping, and playing in the grass. What an interesting illusion!

Film Geekology

The Alamo was released in 1960. John Wayne played Col Crocket and had that famous line “Ya don’t get lard less’n you boil a hog”.

1960 was a great year for movies. Hitchcock’s Psycho is probably the best known release. But there was also The Magnificent Seven (which had like Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen); Inherit the Wind (Spencer Tracy, of course); the original Ocean’s Eleven (the Rat Pack, with Sinatra as Danny Ocean). There was also Sparticus (Kirk Douglas) and The Time Machine (Rod Taylor) which were my favorites of the year… but I was 7 years old, after all.

Purists will criticize me for leaving off the list Butterfield 8 and The House of Usher. So there ya go [Liz Taylor and Vincent Price.]

I’m watching the Alamo on the TV as I write this. It almost hurts to know how it ends.


“Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short” –Henry David Thoreau


Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston Houston.Bud@gmail.com. The web store is up and running. www.dogagility.org/newstore. You’ll find in the web store The Book of Agility Games, an invaluable reference to clubs engaged in league play.

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