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- April 28, 2003
- Vol. 59
- No. 16
Despite Facelift Rumors, a Champion Peke Is a Natural
Danny's doggie dominance had hung in the balance since soon after his win, thanks to an anonymous call to a British paper accusing him of having had a facelift—a no-no for show dogs. The ensuing scandal—co-owners Albert Easdon, 49, and Philip Martin, 50, called the accusation "malicious jealousy"—triggered an investigation. On April 15 the Kennel Club's bloodhounds concluded that Danny—who admits to having had a recent tonsillectomy—was in the clear.
Not that the prize Pekingese, retired from competition after winning Crufts, ever really sweated it. During a public appearance just after the story broke, he had "an accident" when the host alluded to the controversy. "The announcer," says Martin, "said, 'We know what Danny thinks about the tabloid press.' "
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