Champion dog dies a week after retirement

Margaret Mudd holds a photograph of Sasha and the trophy Sasha won at the Kennel Union of South Africa (KUSA) championship shows in May.

Margaret Mudd and her dog, Sasha, competed at the championship shows held in KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend of May 26 to 28, where the canine finished as the top dog in obedience.


Local dog wins at championship

Sasha placed third in the KUSA Nationals on May 27 and, on May 28, she took first place with a champion certificate at the KUSA classic championship show.

A week after the competition, Sasha died due to a bleeding spleen.

“Within 20 minutes, I had lost her,” said Mudd.

“She didn’t suffer, she died in my arms.”

The Rynfield resident said Sasha achieved a lot since she was adopted from the SPCA at nine months old.

She thinks back to how Sasha would always keep an eye on her everywhere she went, especially when she was working in the garden.

“I’ll miss the face she would pull when she knew she had done well in a show, it was absolutely precious,” she said.

Sasha will live on through the recognition she received over the years, which includes provincial colours and Grand Championship Status.

“We all go eventually, I hope I go as peacefully as her,” said Mudd.

Mudd lives by the motto, “Don’t shop, adopt.”

Mudd will continue participating in the KUSA championship shows with her other German shepherds, Dusty (17 months) and Millie (seven months), both of which are adopted.

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Khutso Maphatsoe

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