Second day of reality TV: Two dog bites in the vagina

Yes, it only took until day two of the 12 Days of Reality TV to get to genitalia, but it’s not the normal kind we’re used to reality stars exposing for the whole world to see. Instead, it’s the stand-out moment from the short-lived but awesome 2005 Bravo series Showdog Moms and Dads, one of the best shows that year.

All you really need, though, are these words: “He bite me in my vagina.” The broken English contributes to the humor, but it’s mostly the absurdity of the statement, and that the words were spoken by a nameless, non-cast member, just a random woman with a vicious little dog. We see the aftermath of the dog biting a man, and the dog’s owner gives increasingly desperate defenses of her evil little dog. “In my vagina two times, he bite me,” she says, going on to explain that he likes biting other genitalia, too. The icing on the cake is the dog’s name: Happy.

That the camera crew randomly captured this interaction is testament to reality television at its best: cameras filming real people in real situations, delivered to us for enduring entertainment. It’s definitely a gift.

The 12 Days of Reality TV (introduction)

  1. Richard Hatch it a tree
  2. Two dog bites in the vagina
  3. Three people fighting on Real World, and “it wasn’t not funny”
  4. Four seasons of The Mole
  5. Five golden vetoes
  6. Six Deadliest Catch seasons
  7. Charla and Mirna race around the world
  8. Joe Millionaire’s slurps, Joe Schmo’s schmo
  9. Bands running on VH1’s Bands on the Run give birth to Magical Elves
  10. Osbournes ham-throwing
  11. Regifting 11 years of reality blurred end-of-year recaps
  12. 12 reader suggestions, from Erik giving up immunity to The Real World’s Pedro

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.