An underdog has won the Westminster Dog Show, said Amelia Glynn in the San Francisco Chronicle. Stump—a 10-year-old Sussex spaniel—came out of retirement after nearly dying of a mysterious illness and became the oldest dog ever to win the top prize of the nation's top dog show (click here for an AP video report). Stump is also the first of his breed to ever reign at Westminster.
This proves it, said Deborah Wood in DogChannel.com: Breed popularity has nothing to do with who wins Best in Show. Terriers have won far more overall titles than other breeds, but in the end, every time, "the winner is a dog with heart and soul, beauty and energy," and every breed has those.
There's clearly hope for every breed, said Josh Wingrove in the Toronto Globe and Mail. Last year's winner, Uno, was the first beagle to win Best in Show. But the real message in Stump's surprise victory was that there's still hope for a wily veteran—"even in a young dog's game."
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- How the South's ugly racial history is haunting ObamaCare
- The real story behind Deliver Us From Evil
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- If Democrats abandon immigration reform after Tuesday's likely loss, they will turn 2016 into a debacle
- What if Leo Strauss was right?
- Beware of Splenda: The backlash against artificial sugars
- Feast your eyes on this beautiful linguistic family tree
- Stop making fun of philosophy and read some philosophy
Subscribe to the Week