8.30.2007

the ex

As I mentioned, we went to The Ex yesterday, the Canadian National Exposition, which has been running annually for for 128 years.

That's a long time, and indeed, the most impressive thing about it. It's a fair. As Ferdzy said yesterday, a county fair on steroids. Mister Anchovy mentioned that the crowds are not what they used to be, and it's no wonder. Once upon a time, expositions - World's Fairs, National Exhibitions, call them whatever you will - were people's only glimpse of the larger - and presumably exotic - world. (I've read a lot about this, and blogged about it here.) Now it's just one entry on a long menu of entertainment options.

Yesterday was very warm, and we were all kind of tired. We did the usual: ate some junk food, unloaded some of our money on silly games, wandered through a few exhibits, and C&C went on some rides. The highlight of the day was definitely Superdogs, which course I've wanted to see since I first heard of it years ago. The show is corny and not even very extensive, but who cares, it's dogs! I love that most of the dogs are rescues, and the organization promotes animal rescue. We fell in love with several pooches and brought home a Superdogs bandana for Tala. (We're not neglecting Cody, but she wouldn't go near such a thing.)

For some reader comments and memories of The Ex, see yesterday's post, and feel free to leave your thoughts here.

7 comments:

James said...

There are lots of travelling dog shows these days, it seems. The Ex has Superdogs, the Boat Show has DockDogs, and the Pet Expo had demos of Agility and Freeball.

Some of the dogs from Who's Walking Who were showing at the Ex; I don't know if they were part of Superdogs or some other show.

Ferdzy said...

Whom! Who's Walking Whom! AAAARGH!!!

Sorry. Sounds quite neat, actually.

James said...

Whom! Who's Walking Whom! AAAARGH!!!

Except it's a trademarked company name, so spelling and grammar don't matter. If they did, we'd never have to see thing like "E-Z Lube". :)

L-girl said...

The way I learned it, who's walking who is correct. I think whom is only used as the object of a preposition - of whom, for whom, with whom. No?

Ferdzy said...

Well, I was taught that it was simple subject/object difference. But people do change these things over time, and from place to place, and inexplicably, they rarely consult me...

L-girl said...

Who knows for whom we were taught. :)

"Who's Walking Who" (TM) sounds like a good program. As long as I see "positive based," I'm happy.

This reminds me to write a pupdate soon...

James said...

Who's Walking Who is an excellent program. We're on the most advanced of the obedience courses they offer ("Practical Living"), and in a couple of weeks we start on sports (Agility, first off).

Cobalt's very smart, and picks the lessons up fast. Though she had a tendency to wear herself out during the day, and fall asleep in class. :)