Award-winning dog escapes, on loose at JFK
Whippet named Bohem C’est La Vie honored in Westminster show
Updated: 9:55 p.m. ET Feb. 15, 2006
NEW YORK - A dog that won an award this week in the Westminster Kennel Club show escaped from its cage at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday and was believed to be on the loose in the surrounding area.
The dog, a whippet, broke free at about noon, said Tiffany Townsend, a spokeswoman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs area airports.
Port Authority police were working with its owners to search the area where planes arrive and depart, she said.
“They’re looking every possible place they can to see if they can locate the dog,” Townsend said.
She said she didn’t know where the dog’s cage had been when it escaped or where its owners had been heading. The airport, in Queens, covers more than 4,900 acres.
Barbara Nyby, a member of the American Whippet Club in California, said the dog was Bohem C’est La Vie. The dog won an award of merit at Westminster, the nation’s most prestigious dog show.
The dog’s owners were listed as Jil Walton and Paul Lepiane, of Ojai, Calif.
The dog had been booked on a Delta Air Lines Inc. flight. Atlanta-based Delta said it was working with local authorities to retrieve the animal.
More than 2,600 dogs were entered in the show at Madison Square Garden, including 25 whippets, a short-haired athletic dog similar to a greyhound. Best in Show went to Rufus, a colored bull terrier with an egg-shaped head.
HPLASOps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2623 times:
Perhaps the dog was just ready to retire from the biz ya know - go out on top. Hey I just thought of the difference between an athlete and a show dog - the athlete gets laid during the peak of his performance and then has to clean up the mistakes that lifestyle left him with - while the dog gets no pay, plenty of abuse and work, but gets laid after retirement.
ChiGB1973 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1623 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2353 times:
Any updates on this story? I looked around on the net and haven't found anything.
Wonder why she did not carry it on with her? Or did she and it escaped from her care?
I would not check my animal. I guess if it was too big, but there are ways to carry it on. I would buy a seat for it. Seems the owner would know the secrets of carrying on a pet, ie, too nervous to fly without it.
Those Whippets are neat little looking dogs. I grew attached to Greyhounds when I worked at a vets office. They are not the prettiest dogs, but very nice and most are rescued after being winners all most of their former lives.