From the Associated Press comes this squib about breed blindness in the face of shocking deformity and early death:
Biggie the pug has taken the toy group at the Westminster dog show. Always popular at Madison Square Garden, this little guy was a crowd favorite, drawing a shout of "Go, Biggie!" as he strutted around the ring.
Handler Esteban Farias says pugs are wonderful, fun and loyal. Plus, he says this breed has another endearing trait.
"They snore," he said.
Farias says Biggie has filled a void in his life after a previous pug pal suddenly died during a routine walk.
"We have a little friend up in heaven, Mr. Rumble, who helped us win," he said.
Right. They snore.
You mean they have a lifetime problem with a compromised breathing system due to intentionally breeding a dog without a nose?
And Mr. Rumble? He was born in 2014, rushed to a championship before 8 months old, was best of breed at Westminster last year, and was dead before age 4.
Nice work breeders!