Westminster Flashback: Gossie, Peke of Perfection

AKC Gazette, “Times Past”—His name was Pekingese Am./Can. Ch. Chik T’Sun of Caversham, but around show rings of the 1950s everyone called him Gossie.

As this record-setting British import took ribbon after ribbon, said the New York Herald Tribune, “judges were awed and audiences wondered if they were not watching some low-slung, furry machine float by.”

The 5-year-old Gossie won Westminster’s 1960 Best in Show. He was then retired, holding AKC records for most BIS, career (127, and 11 more in Canada); most BIS in a year (44, twice, in 1957 and 1958); most consecutive BIS (14, achieved in 46 days); and most group firsts in a year (58, in 1957).

With the cheers of the Garden faithful still ringing in his heart-shaped ears, Gossie was whisked off to a life of ease with his owners, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Venable, of Atlanta, where Gossie commanded a stud fee of $150. “Business should be brisk,” was the opinion of Time magazine, “for Pekingese fanciers are willing to overlook Gossie’s single fault. He snores.”

Handler Clara Alford was teary-eyed as faced a battery of photographers in the ring. She held Gossie in her arms for the last time. “He’s been my life,” she said of the bright-red Peke with whom she traveled 75,000 miles on campaign. “I think he’ll adjust better to his new life than I will.”

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