One in a series on show dogs and their owners.
NEW YORK—Mary Jo Marsh remembers the first time Rufus, her mahogany-colored, silky Sussex Spaniel, performed what she affectionately called his “hula dance.”
“I was making dinner, and I turned around and he was standing on his hind legs, his paws in the air,” Marsh said. “I had never seen anything like it—”
As she spoke, Rufus, who'd been sitting on his hind legs on the cold concrete floor at Pier 92—home of the day judging for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show—began the actual dance. His chest went in the air, and he began moving his front legs up and down in a swimming motion that looked like a cross between a doggy hula girl and a canine take on Michael Jackson's "Thriller" dance. As people stopped to ooh and ahh over Rufus’s talent, Marsh grinned.
“If only hula dancing could win shows,” she said with a laugh.Read More »from Meet the dogs of Westminster: Rufus the Sussex spaniel