February 11 /09
Did you happen to catch the Westminster Dog Show this week? What a great bunch of dogs! I just love the Best in Show winner, a Sussex Spaniel named Ch. Clussexxx Three D Grinchy Glee. His call-name is Stump.
At l0 years old, Stump is the oldest winner in Westminster's 133-year history.
Way to go
I heard that PETA was outside Madison Square Gardens protesting the show. There are lots of people who think that behind the scenes of conformation shows, dogs are abused. These are the same people who put down the breeding of pedigree dogs. They are wrong to make sweeping judgements like that.
There are extremes in all of life's pursuits. But I happen to know that there are lots of responsible breeders out there (like mine) who breed their dogs with their health and temperment a top priority. As a matter of fact, they actually breed to weed out congenital defects. Maintaining the physical traits that the dogs were originally bred for is important too. But these people don't sacrifice health for beauty. They love their dogs. They screen their clients diligently. And they stay interested in their welfare long after they've moved on to their new owners, often for the rest of the dogs' lives.