Shows in Review: Woofstock 2008!
Pat Putnam and Bob Birdwell
The sweet California sun welcomed dog show enthusiasts to Vallejo, Calif., June 5-8, and as the handlers and judges stood ready to begin the circuit, they knew Woofstock was going to bring a different kind of dog show.
On the first day, the raspy, gutsy, irritatingly harsh reality of Jimi Hendrix’ rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” assaulted the senses, just as it had on Aug. 17, 1969 at Woodstock, N.Y. Each morning in Vallejo a different rendition of the national anthem was played: the hauntingly beautiful version by LeAnn Rimes, an upbeat 1956 version by Duke Ellington, then Judy Collins singing “Amazing Grace” followed by the American Military Band’s traditional version of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Throughout each day music was kept at a volume and tempo so as not to disturb the dogs, exhibitors or show officials. The theme was to “get back to that loving’ feelin” with “Make Love, Not War” and “Peace Brother, Peace Sister”! All day the air was filled with poignant reminders of a nation at war, with the mood lifted by the hopeful refrains of a new generation. As the song says, “all across the nation, there’s a new celebration, loving in motion, loving emotion...”
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