One afternoon, Midge was downstairs and grooming herself after she spent the morning sleeping in Colin’s bed. When she had finished, Midge thought about what she should do. Why not take a walk around the neighbourhood?
So, Midge went through her cat flap and walked around Queen Elizabeth Street. It was quiet and peaceful; Midge couldn’t hear anything but the chorus of the birds and the silent, cold breeze of the wind.
Suddenly, she heard dogs barking in the distance.
“Where’s that noise coming from?” she said. “ I’m going to investigate”.
After crossing the road, Midge arrived on the bright, green cricket pitch and couldn’t believe her eyes. Everywhere around her, there were dogs. Boxers, Labradors, Poodles and Jack Russell’s. Midge also found Colin, Freddy and Izzy who were taking part in the show too.
“I wonder what’s going on?” she thought.
Midge walked up to greet Freddy and asked him what was happening.
“It’s a dog show”, replied Freddy.
“A dog show, Freddy?” Midge asked. “What’s a ‘dog show’?”
“It’s a special event where dogs and their owners participate in contests and win prizes”, answered Freddy.
“Sounds like fun”, said Midge. “Which categories are you entering?”
“I’m entering the ‘Don’t Eat the Sausage’, ‘Best Dog’, ‘Best Trick’, ‘Waggiest Tail’ and ‘The Dog That the Judge Would Like to Take Home’”.
“Good luck, Freddy”.
Midge left Freddy and continued walking around the arena. Then, she bumped into Izzy. She was talking to Charlie, Sue and Minnie; they were taking part in the show too. Midge asked which contests they were entering.
“I’m entering for “The Most Appealing Eyes”, said Minnie.
“The Dog Who Is Most Like Its Owner”, said Izzy.
“Best Condition”, said Charlie.
That’s because you are hopeless”, snapped Izzy. “No one wants to a loser like you”.
All the dogs, expect Sue howled with laughter. Then, they left her and Midge to find their owners.
“I don’t know Midge”, replied Sue. “Maybe Izzy, Minnie and Charlie are right. What am I good at besides looking after my owner?”
Midge said nothing.
“Exactly: nothing”. Sue walked away in floods of tears.
Poor Sue, thought Midge; she knew how desperately Sue wanted to participate like the other dogs.
The dog show was about to start and Midge went to find a spot to sit. She found one near the ring while, one-by-one, she watched the dogs, their owners and the judges come and go.
Freddy won 1st prize for “The Dog That the Judge would Like to Take Home”, Izzy won 6th place for “The Dog Who Is Most Like Its Owner”, dressing up as a fairy, Minnie came 2nd for “The Most Appealing Eyes” and Charlie received 3rd place for Agility, when his owner put him at the last minute.
Then to Midge’s surprise, Sue entered the ring with her owner, Jim May. She was delighted, “Looks like Sue has found a contest to enter in”, she said.
However, Midge was wrong; standing next to Sue and Jim was a judge, who was dressed very smartly. He was tapping on the microphone to get the audience’s attention. “Ladies and gentleman, May I have your attention please”, he said.
“I normally don’t give out prizes to non-competitors, but I am here to represent a special rosette to Jim May and his dog Sue. While I was judging, I noticed this inspirational pair”.
Then, the judge told the audience the story of Jim, who was blind from birth and diagnosed with autism at a young age. Jim and his family then adopted Sue and it changed his life.
“Their stories have touched my heart”, the judge concluded, “So I hereby give this rosette to Jim and Sue May”. The audience clapped and cheered as Sue and Jim were presented with their special rosette.
“Now I understand”, said Midge. “Sue showed the judge and the audience that winning isn’t everything, but everyone is special”.
But there was one who didn’t agree with the judge’s decision. “That’s not fair”, snapped Izzy. “Sue doesn’t deserve that prize!”
Midge was angry; “You shouldn’t be jealous, Izzy”.
“I don’t care, Midge; I’m better at competing than Sue!”
Suddenly, Midge began to lose her temper. She hissed, and then chased Izzy around the pitch. “That’ll teach you to blow your own trumpet!” she said.
After chasing Izzy, Midge left the dog show. When she arrived back home, Midge walked through the cat flap, climbed up the stairs and jumped back into Colin’s bed.
Midge was about to sleep when she was disturbed by Colin. He picked Midge up and cuddled her in his arms. “Hello, Midge”, said Colin. “I’ve missed you”.
And I missed you, Midge thought cheekily.
Midge snuggled into her owner’s arms, and purred and purred until she fell fast asleep.