She got to take her stuffed puppy for a lap just like the other participants did with their pets.
When we think of dog shows, we imagine a formal setting where these puppers are on their best behavior trying to impress the judges with their tricks and tactics. However, a thread on Reddit showed how the formal event was willing to take a break from all the rules, just so they could make a small kid's day. Redditor hiimcoleman shared a video of a dog show judge making a little girl with autism feel included. The judge apparently saw the girl sitting on the side, holding onto a toy doggo, and she'd even put a leash on it.
This beautiful little girl has autism. She brought her stuffed-puppy to the dog show.— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) March 6, 2020
One of the judges stopped, walked over to her, and asked if she wanted to show her dog as well.
This is what happened.
In a Tweet, Goodable shared: A judge at a dog show saw a young girl watching from the sidelines. The girl had autism, and she'd brought her stuffed animal. So the judge stopped, walked over to her, and asked if she wanted to show her dog, just like the others. In the video that is bound to melt your heart and bring you to tears, the judge inspects the participant and then gently lays the stuffed dog onto the floor, before the little girl goes around the area with her precious pupper to show off its skills. The reactions from the crowd was simply encouraging and finally, after a lap around the area, she comes back to the table, only to be engulfed in a tight hug by the judge.
Oh crap. Just when I thought there was no help for humanity you go and post this. #tears— Realist! 🇺🇸 #VoteBiden2020 (@gsojudy) March 7, 2020
This moment received a collective aww from the audience. Former NBA player Rex Chapman also shared the video with his 528,000+ followers. He wrote: This beautiful little girl has autism. She brought her stuffed-puppy to the dog show. One of the judges stopped, walked over to her, and asked if she wanted to show her dog as well. This is what happened. Humanity. A Reddit user named pokechuno revealed who this amazing man is. This is Johnny Shoemaker at the Poodle Club of America show last year. Super nice guy, he was the judge for a Poodle themed hat contest and even though I was disqualified for having a hat with Balloons he still gave me an honorable mention before announcing the winner.
Sometimes in this super fast paced world where we get caught up in so many important yet meaningless things it’s moments like this that we need to slow down to appreciate the little things that mean so much more. Awesome 👏— Manny (@ManTru333) March 7, 2020
Info Dog Mobile has a small bio about Johnny Shoemaker. Did you know he was a dog show superintendent with Jack Bradshaw Dog Shows for 25 years? In 2001, he retired and then began his judging career. I also was in management with Smith Barney for 28 years and retired in 2008....and love retirement as it gives me more time to learn new breeds and judge. I have been honored to judge at many great dog shows in the USA plus dog shows in China, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Mexico, and South Korea and soon Argentina. I have judged Best Of Breed at the Poodle Club of America twice and Miniature Poodles in 2019. I have judged the AKC-Eukanuba (now Royal Canin), Dog Show, in 2009 and 2010 and 2015. I also judged the Non-Sporting Group at Morris & Essex in 2015.
This judge has helped set up the “peewee” class at dog shows, which is for kids not old enough for the junior showmanship classes. He is literally this amazing with every child at a show and it is a pleasure to watch!— JayKwellin (@TtownAmstaff) March 7, 2020
People on social media had nothing but nice things to say about the judge. User surloc_dalnor said: I love how at the end he offers a hug but stays where he is. He lets her approach him rather than just hugging her. gaveedraseven added: He was great the whole time! I saw at one point he went in like he was going to touch her shoulder but stopped short. Then he opened his arms at the end and looked over to what I'm guessing was a parent or guardian as if to ask is this ok. I just got the feeling that this was a guy used to physical contact who was consciously reigning himself in out of respect and understanding. Definitely a good guy.