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My dachshunds were United Nations delegates

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  • My dachshunds were United Nations delegates

    Yesterday my husband and I drove our two dachshunds up to Toronto to participate in "Dachshund UN," or an installation by Australian artist Bennett Miller that recreated a meeting of the United Nations committee on human rights, using dachshunds. Yup.

    It was pretty amazing. Last night Sylvia was Bangladesh, but had to be removed quickly because she started to eat her microphone. Seamus was Mexico, but he was disinterested in the proceedings so I took him out after ten minutes. Today, however, both dogs apparently decided to be much more involved. Sylvia, as Chile, was very vocal and had some issues with both Ghana and Nigeria:

    Seamus didn't enjoy repping Pakistan and needed a break, but returned as Egypt and was the picture of a calm elder statesman, reclining and keeping an eye on Gabon. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BEYJx-pCcAAEyBl.jpg:large

    They were also old pros with the paparazzi, calmly accepting their stardom and doing the step-and-repeat: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...3&l=47745c3618

    It was a really fun experience. Today had over 600 people attending, including the former Governor General, and the line was around the block (they rotated people in and out of the standing balcony). We got swag bags for participating (so many boxes of treats!) and they were really fabulous all around with the dogs--anyone who started to seem stressed would just get rotated out. Most of the dogs seemed to adapt very quickly--falling asleep, barking for attention from the audience, and visiting neighbouring countries. (Entertaining conversations heard among the owners--"Oscar, go back to France!" "Johnson, leave Ghana alone!" etc.)

    The set had a space under each dachshund for the owner/handler to squat/stand, with a dachshund-sized space in the back to put the dog on and off the platform, and a smaller space in the front to pass the leash through and feed treats and keep the dogs entertained/calm. This shows the front row (I'm looking up at Sylvia): http://instagram.com/p/WXd7bNyE_A/

    If anyone's interested, tomorrow's final performance will be webcast live at http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/wo...e/dachshundun/ tomorrow at 2 pm. We already came home, but I plan to watch, mostly to see if Chile's new representative continues to maintain that aggression.

    Both of my delegates, on the other hand, are solidly conked out now.
    "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

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  • #2
    Too funny and cool! Will it eventually be in a gallery or book or something?


    • #3
      Very quirky, funny, and cool!!!


      • Original Poster

        I don't know if it will ever be in a book, but the video from the livestream should be online soon! I guess he's staging it next in Montreal and then I'm assuming it will probably come to the US soon...
        "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

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