Dogs Invade the United Nations!
Order in the assembly! (Insert Djibouti joke here.) While most of the 47 dogs that participated in the first performance of artist Bennett Miller’s live installation in Australia this month, some were a tiny bit more unruly.
Miller, who himself is the proud owner of a dachshund named Otto, really loves the breed. “They are restricted in their movement with those little legs but they always just persevere,” he tells PEOPLEPets.com. “They never seem bothered by it, and are almost blissfully unaware that they are, to most people, quite amusing.”
On the day of the first performance, Miller had extra dogs on hand to sub in case of fatigue or disinterest. But most were “quite calm and in position. The majority of them seemed to have a really good time doing it.”
UNITED COLORS OF DACHSHUNDS
“It was important that the dogs were the same, but a little different –like people,” Miller says. “There’s racial diversity within the breed, but they’re still one dog.”
Each pooch was situated comfortably, with their owners standing by to provide encouragement, water and treats. And everyone got their nerves out with an hour-long, pre-performance run around the park.
If only all diplomats had such big eyes and velvety coats.
But a meeting of dogs isn’t necessarily a utopia –sometimes, dachshunds have bones to pick and things to bark about.
We see the parties are present, but are they all … participating?
Not that he has a bias, but Miller loved dachshunds for their regal air. “They often look like proud statesmen,” he says.