Houston Dog Shows Up All Them New York Bitches (And Dudes)
His formal name is Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee, but then again no one calls Racehorse Haynes by his given name either.
A nearly full crowd at Madison Square Garden cheered loudly when judge Sari Tietjen pointed to the new champion. "I didn't know how old he was," [a judge] said later. "He didn't show like an old dog. He was fabulous."The trainer told another reporter that Stump is "going to kind oftravel back to Houston and stay there" because "he doesn't travel that much."
Stump, who's almost 70 in human years, became ill from an unknown ailment and nearly died in 2004. He spent 19 days in the Texas A&M veterinary hospital and hadn't been shown in five years, [co-owner Scott] Sommer said. "This was his outing, and it turned out to be a good one," he said.
Spaniels are apparently considered not fancy enough to win the Westminster. We were also surprised to learn that a) there was no swimsuit competition; b) Entering pit bulls is pointless because somehow there's no dogfighting involved; c) None of the dogs rambled on about the lack of maps in U.S. schools "and such."
-- Richard Connelly