|It looks like Walter could barely see, such were the excessive folds of skin on his face.|
In Billings Montana, this is the story on the local news:
The year started out as an adventure of a lifetime for Walter [the Saint Bernard] as he made his way to one of the greatest dog shows in the world: The Westminster Kennel Club show.
There, he earned an award of merit. This award is given at a judge's discretion to outstanding entries that do not place in Best of Breed or Best in Show contests.
Walter's journey came to an end Wednesday after he battled congestive heart failure, pneumonia and, eventually, organ failure. He was 7.
According to his twitter, Wally's organs began to fail and the team in New York was unable to do anything more, so his owner Mary Jo Fox decided to end his suffering.
A fundraiser is set up to help with his medical bills.
I, for one, will not be giving to that fundraiser. Neither should anyone else. These folks had the money to campaign a dog to Westminster in order to get a ribbon from a club that celebrates inbreeding and puppy mills and prohibits health checks and performance standards? But they don't have the dosh to cover their vet bills? Give me a break!
Or, as Heather H. put it: "No one could have predicted the levies would fail"
Meanwhile, the page collecting money to pay the $10,000 vet bill (to do what?) notes:
His delighfully squishy face makes each of us forget the problems of the world and has brought so many people together in laughter & understanding. Any and all donations would be appreciated.Right.
The administrators ask that no negativity be expressed on this page. Inappropriate comments will be deleted.
Let's not talk about canine health, human ego, or values. Let's just whistle pass the graveyard.