Pets: Man's Best Friend ... of the Moment

Ricky Tic Tac, sometimes known as Champion Courtenay Fleetfoot of Pennyworth, pranced to immortality in Manhattan's Madison Square Garden last week as best dog in the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Ricky is a whippet, and the first of his breed ever to win the putative status of America's top dog.*

There are only 399 whippets registered in the U.S., and the breed ranks 58th in the roster of favorite U.S. dogs —well behind the first place poodles (147,055), and even behind such esoteric canines as Vizslas (589), schip-perkes (937) and...

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