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6 Your Dog May 2019
The world’s most famous dog show didn’t disappoint this
year, with four days of top-class showing, displays, events,
and competitions. Here’s our quick pick of the highlights...
CANINE RACISM ON BUS
A young blind woman has
been verbally abused on public
transport in Merseyside just
because her assistance dog
Taylor, who suff ers from
episodic blindness caused by
a head injury seven years ago,
was told by a passenger to get
her Labrador Rowley off the
bus because he wasn’t yellow.
But when Megan, from
St Helens, tried to explain
that assistance and guide
dogs can be any colour and
don’t have to be Labradors,
she claims the woman became
A vet is urging owners
to be vigilant after
a Wirral family’s
Labrador nearly died
Eight-year-old Boo was
struggling to eat, losing weight,
drinking a lot, and becoming
lethargic on walks. Owner Mike
Cockburn took her to vet Dylan
Payne at Acorn Veterinary
Centre in West Kirkby, and she
was referred to specialists at
the University of Liverpool’s
Leahurst Small Animal Hospital.
Boo is thought to
have picked up from
eating slugs or snails in
treatment, Boo is fi nally on
the mend but Dylan is keen
to highlight the disease’s
symptoms, which also
include coughing, and
emphasise the importance
of regular worming.
END IN SIGHT FOR
It’s hoped a new DNA test,
developed following research
at Newmarket’s Animal Health
Trust and the Roslin Institute
assive congratulations to the 2019
Crufts Best in Show champion,
Planet Waves Forever Young Daydream
Believers, owned by Kathleen Roosens
from Belgium. Two-year-old ‘Dylan’ beat
21,000 dogs to the coveted title, the fi rst
time a Papillon has won.
“I cannot grasp that we have won Best
in Show just yet — I think I will be on
cloud nine all week!” said Kathleen. “He
is our Dylan the villain; whenever he
goes out he comes back covered in mud!”
Your Dog caught up with Kathleen
shortly afterwards to fi nd out more.
Has it sunk in yet that Dylan is the
Crufts 2019 Champion?
Kathleen: “It was impossible to
grasp what had happened immediately
after Best in Show. We had a long day in the
Papillon ring, having to hurry to even make
it to the Toy group, and the next thing
I knew my Papillon was standing next to
that world-famous Crufts BIS trophy!”
When you look back on the event,
what will be your fondest memory
of Crufts 2019?
“I will never forget the moment the judge,
Dan Ericsson, pointed to Dylan as
What do you think Dylan’s win
will mean for the Papillon breed?
“I have been very passionate
about this fantastic breed ever since I was
a child. The Papillon is a very complete dog
in a small deluxe package. There is nothing
they can’t do; there is nothing they
“I’m pleased that judges all over the
world have acknowledged some of
Dylan’s qualities in the ring, and I do hope
he can set an example.”
Tell us a secret about Dylan.
Above all, Dylan is a pet, living
a normal dog’s life. I co-own him,
together with his Swedish family; in both
homes he can get dirty, takes long walks,
goes for swims, and sleeps in the bed.”
Kathleen with Crufts winner Dylan.
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