The Time A Dog Pooped In The Middle Of An Agility Contest

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This video is from 2012 at Crufts, the world's largest dog show, and shows Libby the mixed breed attempting to complete an obstacle course. She does not. Just ahead of the weave poles, Libby pops a squat.

(I want to note that this video was uploaded by the official Crufts Youtube account, and is titled "HILARIOUS - Dog takes a dump on TV." Crufts's Youtube game is strong.)

There's so much to love here. The suddenness of Libby pulling up. The immediate reactions from her trainer (exasperations), the crowd (groans, laughter), the official sitting behind the far wall (searching for a plastic bag), and the announcer ("Now that's not very nice, is it?").


Libby was disqualified—you can't poop on the course, apparently, because I guess these things are run by fascists—but it was still great. Because there's absolutely nothing better than seeing a perfect, immaculately groomed, highly trained dog at the peak of its profession succumb to its instincts. Like on Monday night, when America's best Toy Manchester Terrier couldn't resist the lure of the box:


These sorts of things happen at every show, and invariably, win the crowd's hearts. You can raise a dog to be great, but you can't stop her from being a dog.