It’s Friday. It’s been a long week and there’s a lot going on in the world. So we all need a little “timeline cleanup”, right? Let us introduce you, then, to a professional dog show routine featuring Lillipip the Chihuahua.
Yes, you read that right. someone took Crufts – the very serious UK dog show designed to showcase dog breeds at their best (or most inbred, depending on your perspective) – to show a routine set to iconic music from the Pokemon anime and some themes from the games, too.
As you can see in the video embedded above, the trainer – or is that a proper noun Trainer, when talking about Pokémon? – takes his dog, Lavender Lillipup to the arena to show off a tailgating routine based on Pokemon music (thanks, @SeanTheBaptiste). If the video does not automatically take you to the appropriate section, direction 4:30 p.m..
The crafty Pokemaniacs among you will probably already notice that even the dog’s name is a reference to Pokemon, specifically Pokemon #506, Lollipop – the small terrier introduced in Gen 5.
This is Jenny’s first dog (!) in competition, which makes the whole routine even more impressive. Some personal highlights of this routine, for me, include: Lillipip jumping on his trainer’s back, Lillipip knocking over a cardboard Charizard, Lillipip doing a little high-five with Jenny to the lyrics “there’s no better team”, and Jenny giving the dog a lift on its feet and walking with the pup during the climax.
I have a rescue dog that I can barely train so as not to eat the mail that comes through the door, so seeing someone training a beautiful crossbred (and therefore not inbred) dog like this gives me a boost. hope. I might rename him Growlithe and try doggie training in response to that, I feel inspired!
For now, though, I’ll just replay this video again – and revel in a routine that has Crufts jumping and spinning in 2022. I guess showing dogs doing ridiculous things to Pokemon music was the Jenny’s true quest…and training them was her cause.