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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dog's Death After Westminster A Classic "Whodunit"

Photo of Cruz by Lynette Blue, one of his owners, courtesy of The New York Times

Cruz, an award-winning Samoyed who competed at this year's Westminster Dog Show, mysteriously died a few days later in Colorado where he was competing in another show. The attending veterinarian said "he had symptoms that strongly resembled those of dogs that had ingested rodent poison," although there were no conclusive findings. But Cruz's handler and owners suspect foul play. 

Before your suspicions are aroused enough to dig out that copy of "Best in Show", let's examine the facts. According to this article in today's New York Times, "They [Cruz's handler and owner, Lynette Blue] have spent the days since his death retracing every paw step, replaying conversations with onlookers, racking their brains to understand what happened." But here's why we're a bit suspicious...of the owner: Although this poor dog did exhibit symptoms of poisoning, whether intentional or accidental, it also could have been an undiagnosed, rare genetic disorder. Blue, however, "...declined for Cruz to have a necropsy [an examination of the body], because she was confident that he had swallowed poison."

Ms. Blue continued to proclaim how "devastating" this loss has been, saying that she "could not stop from speculating about what happened to her beloved dog...We keep thinking of the various scenarios and it's starting to feel like something we may never know." Well, one big reason she may never know is that she declined to have her dog's body examined. If you really wanted to know what happened to cause the death of a beloved dog, wouldn't you resort to, say, science, rather than wild speculation? We do realize that a necropsy might not have been conclusive, but wouldn't it have turned up poison?

We'd sure love to hear what you think about this tragic whodunit.


houndstooth said...

Based on a lot of what I've read about the dog show world, I'd be very suspicious of the owner, too. A dog worth that much would surely be worth doing an autopsy on!

Duke said...

How incredibly sad. We feel horrible for Cruz. He was such a handsome boy.

Love ya lots
Mitch and Molly

GizmoGeodog said...

We agree...with such a mysterious death I would absolutely want to know whatever facts could be determined by a necropsy...Not knowing anything about the owner I won't say I'm suspicious, but I do question her decision

Amy / Layla the Malamute said...

If the same situation happened to my dog and I was certain he'd ingested poison, I would've been even MORE inclined to have a necropsy to back up my suspicions. Very odd and tragic.

Peggy Frezon said...

How sad to lose a dog. I know it is always easy to expect the worst of people, but there is always the chance it could have been another cause.

Asta said...

How vewy vewy sad wun fwee bootiful Cwuz. It's easy to jump to conclooshuns if you don't have all the facts, and the ownews don't seem to want to know. Sad
Smoochie kisses

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