A Tale of Ill Will

A young Newfoundland poses beside her favorite subject -- water. In recent history, the only Newfie to win at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was "Josh", in 2004.

A young Newfoundland poses beside her favorite subject — water. In recent history, the only Newfie to win at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was “Josh”, in 2004.

The Kennel Club circuits were the backdrop for the writing of author Albert Payson Terhune in his book Lad: A Dog, first published in 1919, with the copyright renewed in 1947. Lad was a collie, and Terhune let him do some of the thinking in his tale of dog shows and collie ways.

Dog show villians always appeared in Terhune’s stories.

But I’m not sure that any of Terhune’s bad guys were as bad as the secret poisoning perpetrator(s) that allegedly penetrated this season’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on February 12, 2013. Dog owner Lynette Blue, who owned Cruz, a prized Samoyed contestant, continues to insist that someone poisoned her pet deliberately while he competed at MSG.

Cruz died four days after the Westminster show while competing in Colorado. Cruz’s death on February 16 has not been the subject of much interest outside the dog show world…unfortunately.

Perhaps we need to revisit Terhune’s long ago messages.

 

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