Canaan canines: Leaving on a one-way ticket to Italy

The top authority on Israel’s national dog, Myrna Shiboleth, continues her work in Italy

By PATRICIA GOLAN
April 4, 2018 12:41
Canaan Dog

Canaan Dog. (photo credit: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/HODOWLA SAMORODOK HANAANA)

EL AL AGENTS at Ben-Gurion airport’s departures terminal were a bit overwhelmed at having to process a dozen or so dogs in airline crates at once. A year and a half ago, Myrna Shiboleth, the world authority on Canaan Dogs, was leaving the country on a one-way ticket for Italy. In addition to the Canaans, there were some of her champion Collies and Portuguese Podengos, tiny service dogs. The scene was quite an attraction. As the agents were checking documents and weighing the airline crates to be loaded onto a plane bound for Milan, a large crowd gathered, peering into the crates. None of the dogs was barking; they were all show dogs and were accustomed to crates.

Shiboleth and her prize dogs were leaving for Italy to set up a kennel, after losing her appeal against eviction orders from her home of 47 years in Sha’ar HaGai (near Jerusalem) initiated by the Israel Lands Authority. (See box on page 27.)

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