Sport: An Old Dog's Day

Old Shed was the grand old dog of all retrievers and this was perhaps his last big year. A jet-black, brown-eyed Labrador, he weighed 85 pounds and was an old-timer at seven. Against him in the national championship last week at Herrin, Ill. were the 19 best retrievers—Labradors, Goldens and Chesapeake Bays—in the U.S.

Old Shed seemed content to loll on the slew grass and be petted by his owner, Paul Bakewell III, a wealthy St. Louis sportsman. There was no fear in Shed's demeanor as he took his place on the line, as there...

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