This afternoon, this comment landed in my moderator's inbox - in response to my blog on Sunday showing the bulldogs at Discover Dogs in respiratory distress.
"We wonder Jemima why you do not make it clear these dogs had been there for several hours being petted by hundreds of people and therefore excited so would normally pant.It is interesting when watching the video that in one light the dogs tongues are red and when turned away from the light appear purple.We also understand that when the vet arrived at the stand he thought the dog had gone home as he did not dind a distressed dog ,what he found was one that was asleep!!!! That is how distressed he was.When the dogs owner became infuriated by the untrue allegation by this constnt pedigree dog basher ,It was felt it best she left before she caused mayhem. We also wonder if Jemima got the owners permission to video her dogs? Of course giving the hats does not provide for the sensation seeking publicity that distortion provides."
The bulldog was just "excited"?
Its distress was "a trick of the light"?
When the vet arrived the bulldog was "asleep"?
The footage of the bulldog was "distorted"?
To recap, the sequence of events was as follows:
I turn up at the bulldog stand to find two adult dogs panting hard, restless and with one, particularly, in real distress.
I film them, then go immediately to the veterinary centre and report that the dogs are in trouble.
Eric the vet goes and gets the Kennel Club's Caroline Kisko and they go straight to the bulldog stand.
I return to the bulldog stand as show-vet Eric and Caroline Kisko are talking with the bulldog owners. The bulldogs are still panting hard. But don't take my word for it. Here's another bit of footage and, right at the end, note the woman wearing black slacks and a short maroon jacket. That is Caroline Kisko, just before she ushered the owners and their bulldogs away from the stand. Eric the vet was right behind her.
Two bulldogs. Both still panting. Not quite as bad as they were 10 minutes previously, but neither of them asleep.
Not sure who is trying to spin their way out of this one. The KC? The bulldog's owners?
But shame on you.