I was actually speaking about specifically at the National. If they think the dogs taking part in a parade of rescues should be groomed a certain way, why don't they have a group there to help educate them how rather than just make snide comments?
I'm not defending the snarky comments. I'm just thinking about the context. I honestly don't think any criticism is appropriate when it concerns pets, which the rescues are. I think that's just terrible from that perspective. If people were into flapping their gums about what they saw - they should at least wait until they get back to their setups. Just because there's going to be family members and friends around.
It may be the grooming was the only negative thing for them. They might have been sitting there to support and cheer on the rescues - if these were exhibitors for the big classes, that's a pretty big deal. It's not often you have people watching classes that they are not directly or indirectly involved with.
You see this in obedience. You have the "watch ME" prima donnas in obedience who compete for OTCH in open and utility, who whine about people not sticking around to watch and cheer them on... and these same people never ever wander into the novice, beginner novice, pre novice, rally sides of things to cheer on people they don't know. Every sport has the same types of people involved.
So the people who do stick around to cheer on rescues - if these were breed people or exhibitors, good on them! Regardless of the "OMG the groom job" comments they might have been making. I'm going out on a limb and say it was better than if they were critiquing the dogs themselves.
I'm willing to bet that all the dogs in the parade were taken to groomers prior to participating in the parade. How the dog is groomed varies based on the knowledge of the groomer and also the permission of the owner. Some people are told 99 times where to go or how to groom and it sometimes goes in one ear and out the other. Only time it makes sense is when somebody actually grooms their dog the proper way and they see the difference.