(thanks to Seth Wenig/AP)
As readers of this blog will know I am a Pekingese devotee. My father had them and now me. I am currently Pekeless and so rely on vicarious Peke pleasure from wherever I can get it. I've just got it.
That 4 year old, 11 pound (5kg) Peke above is called Malachy and he's the best dog in the world. He's just won the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in the US.
The New York Times reported Malachy's win thus:
Malachy is not a speedy dog. While his six competitors sped around the ring at Madison Square Garden, Malachy moved so deliberately that he only had to make a half circuit on the green carpet. It did not matter. Beneath his long coat and lion’s mane — and behind that distinctive pushed-in face — was the club’s ultimate champion.
The judge, Cindy Vogels, put Malachy ahead of a German shepherd, a Dalmatian, a Kerry blue terrier, a Doberman pinscher, a wire-haired dachshund and an Irish setter who gave birth to 15 puppies last May (using the frozen semen of a long-dead sire) and had just returned from a year’s maternity leave.
Of course all this is in accord with nature and the cosmos. It is the year of the Dragon, in the Chinese zodiacal calendar, the mightiest of signs. One can only be reminded of the words of Ozymandias“He’s a super dog who had a stupendous night,” Vogels said of Malachy.
"Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"I think it's time to get out the DVD of "Best in Show" again.....