So what’s next for our intrepid canine warrior? Last night Finn took on the best of Mzansi in the Grand Finale of SA’s Got Talent 2012 and although he didn’t feature in the top three, he proudly represented the 4-legged demographic of the Rainbow Nation (and of course his parents). His act was proudly South African and set to the traditional Xhosa song ‘Qongqothwane’; or for all those (like me) who can’t get your tongue and palette around this, ‘The ‘Click Song’ by the late South African singer Miriam Makeba. The performance itself was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G; clever, entertaining and technically challenging and the judges, audience and contestants had nothing but praise for Finn and my wife throughout entire evening. The support which they received through social media (and beyond) was also testament to their extraordinary team spirit.
It is a well-known fact that a large proportion of the black population within the country are terrified of dogs. Finn is however only trained to attack people on command and his usual, mild-mannered and friendly personality went a long way to calm many a phobia throughout the duration of the competition. People from all walks of life wanted to pet and pose with him for photographs and time after time, the question “how do you train a dog to do that?” featured in follow-up conversations.
Finn is truly is a superstar and an ambassador to both the breed and the world of Freestyle Dog Dancing. I’m certain that this experience will prove to be nothing but a positive stepping stone in his life and hopefully lead to recognition within sponsorship and promotional circles.