Sport: Top Dog

As the tuxedoed old judge bent down to peer at the odd little creature, a child shrilled: "What is it, momma, a lamb?" Unconscious of the childish blasphemy and of the Madison Square Garden crowd, Dr. Samuel Milbank studied the Bedlington terrier intently—measuring his narrow skull, feeling his linty coat and reached (arched) back, testing his alertness and movement.

The veteran judge gave an equally careful going-over to each of the five other finalists in the ring—an English springer spaniel, a Pomeranian, a Boston terrier, a greyhound and a Doberman pinscher. But in...

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