Every second programme on television these days seems to be devoted to every aspect of dogs you could ever dream up – and a few you couldn’t. But canine celebrity is nothing new. In 1884 an Irish red setter took the top prize at the Belgian Kennel Club show in Antwerp, beating 978 sporting dogs of all breeds.
His name was Garryowen, and he was so famous that he had a brand of tobacco named after him, got three mentions in Ulysses, sired innumerable offspring, had his portrait painted and, when he finally went to that great doggy daycare in the sky, had his obituary published in the Chicago Tribune. Read More via IrishTimes.