It’s the dog days of August, but things are not looking good for one dog in particular. The owner of a reigning dog surfing champ feels like someone has “screwed the pooch” after getting blocked from defending the dog crown.
Sources connected to the World Dog Surfing Championships, which is taking place in San Francisco this weekend, told TMZ that the reason Gidget The Pug was not invited back to compete this year is Gidget’s owner’s fault. This comes after winning 2 categories last year, including the Goughnuts Top Dogs Award.
TMZ was told Gidget’s owner was pissed that despite her dog’s victories, she was not featured in press materials or social media campaigns. Instead, WDSC hyped another doggo named Derby. This dog is bigger and wore shades while hanging 20.
Our Dog Surfing sources say the owner was constantly pestering event staff and organizers demanding Gidget get more promotional face time. The media outlet was also told the owner was riling up folks in the pug community protest the event.
“We’re told WDSC’s top dogs made a call to cut loose Gidget and her owner,” TMZ reported
The owner of the dog says she feels strongly Gidget was snubbed, but doesn’t understand why. The owner claims that after making a simple request to get Gidget’s photo in a WDSC press release, the event staff got argumentative and demanded the medals and accolades back.
The owner says she did not oblige. She says Gidget also won a bunch of categories in 2017 and claims the pup was slighted then too. Her biggest complaint is the lack of recognition is sabotaging Gidget’s shot at a book deal. This is not a joke.
What do you think about this dog-eat-dog story? Do you want to rally around the surfing pug? We look forward to seeing your comments.