Sport: Gossie's Last Stand

The greatest show dog in history was a gasping mop of hair. In the hot, stuffy quarters under Madison Square Garden, the Pekingese named Chik T'Sun of Caversham was far off the form that had won a record 126 bests-in-show. Coming up in an hour was his last chance at the top prize that had always eluded him: best-in-show in the flossy Westminster Kennel Club competition. But he looked like a loser as he sprawled in his cage and licked desultorily at a piece of ice.

Then tiny (5 ft., 89 lbs.) Handler Clara Alford,...

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