Sport: Preserving Ancient Skills

The life your dog saves may be your own

At 66, Hilda Madsen is the grand dame of Newfoundland dog breeders. For more than 20 years, her kennels have produced dogs that embody the standard for the breed: big (28 in. high, 120 lbs. to 150 lbs.), strong-boned and richly coated. In 1968, she paraded three Newfoundlands before the tuxedoed judges at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York and walked out of the ring with three winners—a rare triple in the nation's most prestigious show. But Hilda Madsen is also a revolutionary....

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