February 15, 2012

A flat-faced champion

The dog world has a new champion. His name is Malachy and he is a 4-year old Pekingese. He came out first competing against a German shepherd, a Dalmatian, a Kerry blue terrier, a Doberman pinscher, a wire-haired dachshund and an Irish setter.

I'm sure Malachy is a terrific dog, but I'm sad to see that a breed that is prone to severe health problems comes out on top of the competition. After all, it was not for nothing that in the UK, the breed standard for the Pekingese has been revised to exclude the clause that his profile should be "flat." (No such changes have been made in the US -- yet.)

In other news: The group associated with the blog "Dogs against Romney" used the Westminster show to draw attention to Mitt Romney's infamous family trip with dog Seamus strapped to the roof of the car. We have given the story quite a bit of attention on this blog, see here and here.

Seamus is long dead, but "Romney's shaggy dog story won't die."

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