Everyone knows that the only shows worth watching on the weekend are Take Me Out, Take Me Out: The Gossip and MOTD2. Anything else is tedious and derivative, or in the case of global news, thoroughly depressing. So I was pleasantly surprised when Crufts pranced across my screen last night. The event takes the form of dog Olympics combined with a dog beauty pageant, and in an age of uncertainty and strife, there are few things more relieving than watching a dog leg it through one of those fabric tunnels, before a socially awkward ex-librarian runs a malamut around in a big circle.
But even a show this joyous can experience tragedy. Last night it emerged that an Irish Setter, who competed on Saturday, had died after it returned home to Belgium. An autopsy later revealed the dog, named Jagger, had been poisoned - and that it occurred at the competition. His co-owner posted this on Facebook.
The owners told Radio 4 that they don't believe a competitor was responsible. I wouldn't rule out a lone wolf, or a even a twisted animal rights campaigner. But if the villain is later revealed to be a close rival, I won't be surprised.
This is the most Shakespearian Crufts in history.
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