NEW YORK — It has been around for over 3,000 years, but Mexico’s famous, usually hairless, “Xolo” dog is making a big splash as a “new breed” at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show here this week.
Tiny Chabella, descended from a breed the Aztecs considered sacred, is representing the Xoloitzcuintli (which means “hairless dog” or more broadly “dog of the god Xolotl”) for the first time at the show.
The event packs Madison Square Garden and is considered the second-oldest US sporting event after horseracing’s Kentucky Derby.
This year, the show is welcoming six breeds into its ranks for the first time, even though the Xolo is a household name in Mexico, if not next door in the United States.
The other new four-legged breeds taking part and being judged in New York are: the American English Coonhound; Cesky terrier; Entlebucher mountain dog; Finnish lapphund; and Norwegian lundehund.
Those new breeds on the block may get some second looks from dog lovers.
But there are a lot of things that get your attention when it comes to a Xolo (pronounced sholo) like Chabella: with dark brown skin, a bit mottled, the owners of this five-year-old — who have traveled in from Florida — are real believers that Xolo bald is beautiful.
The Xolo is considered rare and prized at home in Mexico. Its more than 3,000-year-old history is intertwined with that of the ancient Aztec indigenous people.
Xolotl was the Aztecs’ god of lightning and death; the xolo’s name makes reference to him because Aztecs believed the dog’s mission was to accompany dead people on their journey to the afterworld, Chabella’s owner Stephanie Mazzarella told AFP.
“The only way to go to the underworld and be protected, it was to have the soul of a Xolo with you. So, when the owner died, he sacrificed the Xolo and the Xolo’s soul could guide the owner’s soul to the promised land,” she explained.
“They said the ones with spots chose to come back from the underworld to the land of the living to guide more souls through,” she added.
About 2,000 dogs are competing at the WKC show and only one will take home top honors. The show, dating back to 1877, has been held at Madison Square garden since 2005. Judges look at how the different breeds conform to agreed standards.
Internationally, Chabella is a “Bronze Grand Champion and today got Best Opposite (at the WKC). She’s a FCI World Champion, FCI International Champion,” her enthused owner explained hopefully.
Mazzarella, who suffers from severe allergies, decided to raise a Xolo because they are easier for many allergy sufferers than heavier-shedding dogs.
Chabella, quiet and subdued at her side, keenly watched people milling around approach her, and even let them pet her, without budging.
“They naturally hide from strangers, so to get a Xolo to this point, it’s a lot of socialization,” her proud owner explained.
Foreign diplomats preparing for the worst — another Trump win in 2020: ‘People don’t want to be stupid twice’
According to a report from Politico, foreign diplomats are not so sure Donald Trump will be beaten in the 2020 election and are making contingency plans for how they will deal with him should he be re-elected.
The report notes that the win by the New York businessman in 2016 caught foreign governments by surprise with former French ambassador to the United States, Gerard Araud admitting, "In 2016, nobody believed he was going to be elected. People don’t want to be stupid twice.”
According to Politico, "There’s no known scientific survey on the topic — few foreign officials would participate in one given diplomatic norms that preclude them from commenting on another country's internal politics. But none who talked to POLITICO were willing to say that Trump will lose. Instead, they pointed to three key advantages for Trump: He’s the incumbent, the U.S. economy is strong and the Democrats have no definitive front-runner to challenge him."
Trump Twitter-rages at ‘evil propaganda machine’ New York Times
President Donald Trump kicked off his Sunday morning by going on a multi-tweet rant about the New York Times where he blamed them for his poor poll numbers and called them "an evil propaganda machine.'
Trump began with, "The Failing New York Times, in one of the most devastating portrayals of bad journalism in history, got caught by a leaker that they are shifting from their Phony Russian Collusion Narrative (the Mueller Report & his testimony were a total disaster), to a Racism Witch Hunt....., " before adding, "'Journalism' has reached a new low in the history of our Country. It is nothing more than an evil propaganda machine for the Democrat Party. The reporting is so false, biased and evil that it has now become a very sick joke...But the public is aware! #CROOKEDJOURNALISM."
Trump suggests hitting France with 100 percent tariff on wine over dispute with Macron
According to a report from Bloomberg, President Donald Trump publicly suggested that he would consider a 100 percent tariff on wines coming from France.
The report states that the president recently made the suggestion as part of his trade war that has crippled American manufacturers and farmers while at the same time hitting American consumers' wallets.
Trump's comments came during a recent Long Island fundraiser and were tied to his unhappiness with President Emmanuel Macron and his tax on multinational technology companies.