The New York Times, Wednesday, February 15, 1984 Newfoundland Is Best In Show
Top Prize at Westminster
By WALTER FLETCHER
The top-winning Newfoundland in the history of the breed, Ch. Seaward's Blackbeard, was named best in show last night as the 108th Westminster Kennel Club show ended its two-day run at Madison Square Garden.
Kitty Drury of Saranac Lake, N.Y., chose the big, black dog before an enthusiaitic crowd of 7,500.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Putting on the Dog at Westminster
By MANUELA HORLTERHOFF What a scene! Presiding over the arena was judge Kitty Drury, a statuesque woman in a flowing gown. Ms. Drury confronted seven dogs ranging In size from a trembling Chihuahua to a big, self-assured Newfoundland. Cheers for favorites frequently broke the tense atmosphere. "Go German Shepherd!" we yelled, rooting for the underdog and venting our chauvinistic impulses. But after a dramatic feint towards the Chihuahua, Ms. Drury stopped. With a grand gesture that opera divas could learn from, she pointed an elegant finger at Ch. Seaward's Blackbeard, the massive Newf.
THE NEW YORK TIMES, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1984
Top Dog at Garden To Remain Active - Busy Slate For Winner By WALTER R. FLETCHER
Drawing by Harrison Weir (1824-1906)
The anecdote I am now about to give is from the pen of the Rev. J.E. Atkinson, a good and scientific naturalist:
"Walking with a favorite Newfoundland dog of great size, one frosty day, I observed the animal's repeated disappointment on putting his head down, with the intention to drink, at sundry ice-covered pools. After one of these disappointments, I broke the ice with my foot, for my thirsty companion's behoof. The next time it seemed good to the dog to try and drink, instead of waiting for me to break the ice as before, he set his own huge paw forcibly on the ice, and, with a little effort, obtained water for himself."
From: Rev. R.O. Morris, B.A. Dogs and Their Doings. N.Y., Harper & Bros, 1872, p. 16f.
(reprinted from NewfTide 1976)