The waiting is over. Danny the dog’s Pekingese-perfect looks—wrinkled muzzle, firm jaw, flaring nostrils—have been declared authentic. No nips. No tucks. No canine cosmetic surgery. The 3-year-old gets to keep the title he won March 9, best in show at Britain’s Crufts Dog Show, the biggest in the world.
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.’ ”