I confess I fell asleep to Olympic figure skating last night and did not see the Best in Show competition at the Westminster Kennel Club’s annual dog show.
So I missed Sadie, the Scottish terrier, taking the top honor and I missed the two PETA members that interrupted the show with protest signs.
Sadie, pictured here, was a favorite to win the grand prize, having already claimed 111 Best in Show titles. The Westminster win in New York’s Madison Square Garden completed the dog show triple crown for the black Scotttie. She won best in show at the National Dog Show in November and the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in December.
Stealing Sadie’s shine were two women, Dana Sylvester and Hope Round, who stepped into the show ring holding signs that said “Mutts Rule” and “Breeders Kill Shelter Dogs’ Chances” between the judging of the brittany, winner of the hunting group, and the Doberman pinscher, winner of the working group.
The women were escorted out within minutes and will be charged with criminal trespass. According the the Associated Press, Sylvester and Round are PETA members, but were acting on their own.
What do you think of the protest? As the pet parent to four rescued pets, two of whom are purebred dogs, I do indeed support shelter adoptions and finding good homes for all pets. I don’t, however, demonize people who enjoy raising and showing purebred dogs.
I also admit I have a negative attitude toward PETA because I have nice family and a pit bull in my home, so I disagree with its rhetoric on banning and/or making pit bulls extinct.
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