Jerry Grymek, the official "Doggie Concierge" of the Hotel Pennsylvania, loves greeting guests and considers all of the dogs as his own. Upon arrival, guests staying with dogs receive a special welcome biscuit and a custom designed door tag ("do not disturb" or "please make up room"). Unlike many hotels in New York City, the Hotel Pennsylvania does not impose a size/weight limit. All dogs are welcome, all year round!

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A Best In Class Hotel Near The Show

New York Dog Show at Hotel Penn

As the host hotel for the Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is getting ready for another successful year of hosting all canine hopefuls, breeders, and owners. The fun starts with the Masters Agility Championships held at Pier 94. The 141st Westminster Dog Show then takes place on February 13th and 14th, 2017. The Groups, Junior Showmanship Finals and important Best In Show will all be held at Madison Square Garden, directly across the street from Hotel Pennsylvania.

Book your 2017 WKC Dog Show Stay in advance and enjoy a savings of up to $130, plus perks for you and your pooch. During the Westminster Dog Show, Hotel Pennsylvania is proud to provide a variety of pet-friendly amenities, including the largest indoor doggie spa in all of New York.
Our pet-friendly hotel in Manhattan offers a new and improved Hotel Penn Dog S’paw, offering:


    • Bathing tubs

    • Dog grooming area

    • Exercise/fitness area

    • In-house relieving area

    • Direct shuttle bus service for Dog Show exhibitors and spectators from the Hotel to Piers 92/94 each day (courtesy of Westminster)

    • Live Westminster Kennel Club broadcast satellite feed from the lobby

Westminster Kennel Club Rates

Rates starting at $159* for one or two adults and up to 4 dogs (taxes and surcharges extra)


    • Access to the Hotel Penn Dog S’paw, the city’s largest in-door doggie spa for up to 4 dogs (bathing and grooming services not included)

    • Includes access to the potty area for up to 4 dogs (a saving of up to $160)

    • Onsite Doggie Concierge

    • Shuttle bus service to Piers 92/94 courtesy of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

    • Reduced one-time cleaning fee of $50 (normally $75)

The $50 cleaning fee will be collected at the front desk

*This offer is non-refundable and full payment will be taken within 24 hours of the booking

New York Dog Show at Hotel Penn

Book Your Stay Without Dogs

Rates starting at $139* with no pets (taxes and surcharges extra)


    • Shuttle bus service to Piers 92/94 courtesy of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

    • Onsite Doggie Concierge

*Please note that a one-time cleaning fee of $100 will be collected at the front desk for guests who do arrive with dogs and a surcharge will apply for access to the potty area. If you plan on bringing a canine companion, please book the With Dogs rate above.

*This 2017 Westminster Dog Show hotel offer is non-refundable and full payment will be taken within 24 hours of the booking

Please note that rooms outside the block and with dogs will be subject to a $40 per dog potty fee and a $100 per stay room cleaning fee.

REFUNDABLE RATES ALSO AVAILABLE, STARTING AT $159

Book Your Stay Refundable With Dogs

Rates starting at $179* for two adults and up to 4 dogs (taxes and surcharges extra)


    • Onsite Doggie Concierge

    • Shuttle bus service to Piers 92/94 courtesy of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

    • $40 per dog for potty area privileges

A $100 cleaning fee will be collected at the front desk

* Cancel By 3pm EST One Day Prior To Arrival To Avoid A Fee Of One Nights Room And Tax

Book Your Stay Refundable Without Dogs

Rates starting at $159* for two adults and up to 4 dogs (taxes and surcharges extra)

* Cancel By 3pm EST One Day Prior To Arrival To Avoid A Fee Of One Nights Room And Tax

New York Dog Show at Hotel Penn

All rates shown are subject to applicable taxes. Subject to availability at time of booking.

Gail Miller Bisher is the director of communications for the Westminster Kennel Club.

Bisher has been a media professional for many years and has had life-long involvement in canine sport, getting her start in the sport in Junior Showmanship, where she once won second place at Westminster. She is an AKC-licensed conformation judge and a Canine Good Citizen evaluator.

"As the new ‘face' of the Westminster Kennel Club, I look forward to continuing a legacy of quality and prestige while increasing our brand’s presence and audience size," she said.

"It’s an honor to return to the Westminster in this capacity. It’s an exciting time of transition for this historic organization and I plan to do as any dog handler does: access, improve where needed, and practice teamwork. I believe in the leadership’s vision and I’m eager to start executing it."

To learn more, visit the Westminster Kennel Club website.

 

In 1876, the members of the Westminster Club, then primarily a shooting organization, commissioned one of its early officials, George deForest Grant, to send to England for a Pointer which the members could use for breeding purposes.

He received a photograph of a dog named Don which had won his bench championship in England, through show triumphs at Shifnal, Oswestry, Birmingham, Swansea and Llanelly in 1875, and at Newport and Carmarthen in 1876. Impressed with the pictures of the dog as much as with his show record, the members arranged to import him under the name of “Sensation,” Volume IV of the English Kennel Club Stud Book listing him as “Sensation (formerly Don).”

Sensation

Brought to this country, “Sensation” was promptly registered in the name of the Westminster Kennel Club in Volume I of the stud book of the National American Kennel Club, which subsequently became the American Kennel Club. His entry in that book as Number 1261 shows that he gained his American championship with victories at Baltimore in 1876 and at St. Louis, Boston and Baltimore in 1879. His show career, however, was limited since the primary object in his importation was to strengthen the breeding stock of the club’s members.

A handsome lemon and white dog, with a fine head and especially good body, “Sensation” did much for Pointer breeders in this country. Several artists did pictures of him and one of the head studies appeared on the Westminster catalog in 1878, the second all-breed show given by the club. Except for a gap between 1896 and 1903, “Sensation’s” head appeared on all subsequent catalogues of the Westminster Show through 1935.

In 1935, a steel engraving of “Sensation” was discovered in the collection of prints, engravings and paintings of the well-known sportsman, Harry D. Kirkover, of Camden, South Carolina and New York. He loaned the picture to the Westminster Club to permit its reproduction.

The engraving, by artist J. Wellstood, showed the whole dog, with a light lemon patch on its side, frozen in point. The artist had caught the magnificently bodied dog in marvelous detail. The muscles and even the veins of the legs stood out.

This became the new emblem of the club and appeared on the cover of the show catalog from 1936 through 1979. From 1980-1982, a head study of Sensation was selected once again for the cover, but in 1983 a foil embossed version of the full body engraving appeared on the cover and has been there ever since.

 

In 1877, New York was well on its way to becoming the world’s greatest city. This was the year that a group of sporting gentlemen decided that this would be a good time to hold a dog show in Manhattan. It didn’t take long before the Westminster Kennel Club, following the lead of its home town, would be on its way to becoming the world’s greatest dog show.

westmisterhotelWith its spectacular beginnings and extraordinary growth in the years to follow, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was quickly reflecting the growth and success of New York City. As the dog show grew every year, so did the Westminster Kennel Club’s position as the symbol of the purebred dog, with its influence being felt in show rings everywhere, and eventually in millions of television homes across the country. Westminster has become America’s Dog Show.

“Westminster gets its name from a long gone hotel in Manhattan. There, sporting gentlemen used to meet in the bar to drink and lie about their shooting accomplishments. Eventually they formed a club and bought a training area and kennel. They kept their dogs there and hired a trainer.

“They couldn’t agree on the name for their new club. But finally someone suggested that they name it after their favorite bar. The idea was unanimously selected, we imagine, with the hoisting of a dozen drinking arms.”
– Maxwell Riddle, from a newspaper story quoted in “The Dog Show, 125 Years of Westminster” by William Stifel

It was at one of those meetings that the members decided that they would stage a dog show so that they could compare their dogs in a setting away from the field. The First Annual New York Bench Show of Dogs, given under the auspices of the Westminster Kennel Club, was staged in 1877 at Gilmore’s Garden (the forerunner of Madison Square Garden) in New York City, drawing an entry of 1,201 dogs.

The show was such a hit that it was extended to four days from its originally-scheduled three, and drew this coverage from “Forest and Stream” magazine:

“To say that the dog show held in the city last week was a success would but poorly convey an idea of what the result really was. It was a magnificent triumph for the dogs and for the projectors of the show. We question if on any previous occasion has there ever assembled in this city such a number of people at one time, and representing as much of the culture, wealth and fashion of the town.”

rings1877To fully grasp the place in history of the Westminster Kennel Club and its famed annual dog show at Madison Square Garden, consider this:

Westminster pre-dates the invention of the light bulb, the automobile, and the zipper; the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Washington Monument; and manned air flight and the establishment of the World Series. Since Westminster held its first show 127 years ago, there have been 26 men elected president and 12 states have joined the union.

The dog show has outlasted three previous versions of Madison Square Garden, and is currently being staged in MSG IV. It is one of only four events to be held in all four “Gardens.”
The dog show has survived power outages, snowstorms, a national depression, two World Wars and a tugboat strike that threatened to shut down the city, in the process becoming the second longest continuously held sporting event in the country. Only the Kentucky Derby has been staged longer – but by just one year.

Westminster even pre-dates the establishment of the governing body of the sport, the American Kennel Club, by seven years. In fact, in 1877, members of Westminster and members of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia had together adopted a set of show rules and regulations and established a Board of Appeals to oversee these rules. This was the precursor of the American Kennel Club, which was finally created in 1884.

As one might imagine, the history of the club and its show is rich and colorful.

In the early Westminster years, some interesting names showed up in the catalogs. In the first show, there were two Staghounds listed as being from the late General George Custer’s pack, and two Deerhounds that had been bred by the Queen of England. In 1889, the Czar of Russia is listed as the breeder of a Siberian Wolfhound entered, and the following year, one of the entries is a Russian Wolfhound whose listed owner was the Emperor of Germany.

Philanthropist J. P. Morgan made the first of his many appearances at Westminster with his Collies in 1893. Famous American journalist Nelly Bly entered her Maltese at Westminster in 1894, some four years after she made a record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes, racing the record of Phineas Fogg in Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days.

warrenremedyThe most-coveted award in the dog show world, Best In Show at Westminster, was given for the first time in 1907. That year, and for the next two years as well, it went to a Smooth Fox Terrier bitch named Ch. Warren Remedy. She remains the only dog ever to win three times.

Six other dogs have won Best In Show twice, the most recent being the English Springer Spaniel, Ch. Chinoe’s Adamant James in 1971 and 1972.

Bash Dibra is a big, ebullient man with a warm smile, a gentle manner, and a lifelong affinity for dogs. When he was only three years old and fled with his family from Albania to a refugee camp in Yugoslavia, he made friends with the attack dogs that guarded the compound. Later, as the family traveled through Europe, Bash was able to work with master dog trainers, and he continued his work when he came to the United States. Then came the opportunity to raise and train a wolf, and through this experience Bash developed his unique methods of dog training.

Bash & Friends.jpgAs author of six best-selling books on responsible pet ownership, training and the proper treatment of animals in the entertainment industry, Bash Dibra sets the industry standard of service to celebrities and their pets as well as to pets who are celebrities in their own right. Mr. Dibra has trained the pets of countless celebrities, including Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathleen Turner, Mariah Carey, Joan Rivers, Kim Bassinger and Alec Baldwin. His own pets are celebrities themselves, featured in motion pictures, television commercials and print ads.

Bash has appeared on countless TV shows promoting responsible pet ownership, and he works diligently behind the scenes for animal welfare and to promote animals in service to mankind. Bash credits his incredible way with dogs to his beloved wolf, Mariah, who taught him so much, and who was the official symbol of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.

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Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Dr. Jarrod Lazarus

Producer - Zach Budin

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Reporter - Georgia Malpartida

Special Guests - Live from Australia, Author of "Venom Doc" Bryan Grieg Fry will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 2/4/17 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away his new book

Jerry Grymek - Doggie Concierge at Hotel Penn at 630pm EST to discuss our upcoming Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show broadcast live from NYC

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FOX SPORTS NAMES 'PICK OF THE LITTER' FOR PRESENTATION OF 2017 WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW
 
FS1, Nat Geo WILD & FOX Sports GO Combine to Showcase 'Westminster Week' With More Coverage than Ever Before
 
 
New York - With little more than a month until the world's top dogs converge upon New York City's Madison Square Garden to vie for the coveted title of Best in Show, FOX Sports today names its team of broadcasters who present the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on FS1 for the first time ever. Also announced today are the announcers calling breed judging on FOX Sports GO and Nat Geo WILD and the Master's Agility Championship on FS1, combining to make 2017 Westminster Week the most widely covered in the event's illustrious history.
 
Westminster Kennel Club Director of Communications Gail Miller Bisher provides expert analysis of the breeds alongside FOX Sports veteran announcer Chris Myers during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 13 and 14 on FS1. Bisher brings to the telecast more than 30 years of experience in the dog world as a handler, writer and spokesperson. An AKC-licensed conformation judge, her background spans conformation, obedience and earthdog trial competitions. Myers has been a member of the FOX Sports family since 1998 and has called NFL, NASCAR, MLB and more for the network, and this February is part of FOX Sports' Super Bowl coverage for the fifth time in his impressive career.
 
Also contributing to FS1's inaugural coverage of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show are social media and backstage correspondent Katie Nolan, backstage reporter Karyn Bryant and host Jenny Taft. Nolan, host of the Emmy Award-winning original program GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN, is backstage with the dogs and their handlers as they get ready for their moment in the spotlight and monitors what's trending on social media. Bryant is also backstage and interviews the winners, while Taft sets the scene for viewers leading up to the action on the arena floor.
 
Play-by-play announcer Justin Kutcher, analyst Terry Simons and reporter Jennifer Hale return to call the Master's Agility Championship at Westminster. Kutcher is then joined by Paula Nykiel and Jason Hoke to announce breed judging at Piers 92 and 94, and Rachel Bonnetta serves as a FOX Sports Digital correspondent during breed, group and Best in Show judging. Nykiel and Hoke are both accomplished judges whose credentials include Hoke's appointment as Toy Group judge at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and Nykiel's position as Sporting Group judge at this year's event.
 
The 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is televised on FS1 for the first time in the event's history at 8:00 PM ET on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 13-14, live from New York City's Madison Square Garden. FS1, Nat Geo WILD and FOX Sports GO team up to provide more coverage of Westminster Week than ever before beginning Sunday, Feb. 12, at 8:00 PM ET with the Master's Agility Championship at Westminster on FS1. Nat Geo WILD and FOX Sports GO offer live coverage of breed judging from Piers 92 and 94 on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 13-14, from 8:30 AM-4:00 PM ET streaming on FOX Sports GO and from 2:00-4:00 PM ET on Nat Geo WILD. FOX Sports GO's breed coverage encompasses 10 individual rings streamed concurrently, of which viewers may select one or up to four through the Multi-View feature on desktop and select connected devices.
 
Content available on FOX Sports GO can be streamed live on FOXSportsGO.com or on the FOX Sports GO app, which can be downloaded from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. Streaming on FOX Sports GO is now available on several connected devices, including Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Xbox One, Android TV and Fire TV.
 
In July of 2015, FOX Sports and Westminster Kennel Club announced a 10-year agreement bringing Westminster Kennel Club's conformation show to FS1 and Nat Geo WILD beginning with this year's event. FS1 remains home to the Master's Agility Championship at Westminster through 2026.
 
For more information, including biographies and photography, visit  FOX Sports Press Pass.
 
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Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jeremy Miller

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Former Host of The Price Is Right and long-time friend of Talkin' Pets, Bob Barker will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 1/07/17 at 5pm EST to discuss his life, his work, his love and the years of support for our animal friends as an animal advocate

Dr. Susan Dalton owner of Dr. Dalton's Premium Treats will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 1/07/17 at 630pm EST to discuss dog training and will give away some of her premium pet treats as well

Jerry Grymek - Doggie Concierge - Hotel Penn in NYC to discuss Westminster and our broadcast from the Hotel on February 11 from 5-8pm EST

THE 141st ANNUAL WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW PRESENTS GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY 
FOR DOG LOVERS
 
Three Debut Breeds Among 3,200 dogs of 200 Breeds and Varieties from 49 States
 
New York, NY - More than 3,200 dogs, including 90 Golden Retrievers, will descend on Manhattan during Westminster Week 2017. Appearing at the 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, on Monday and Tuesday, February 13-14, will be 2,798 dogs and 87 junior handlers. The 4th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Saturday, February 11 will feature 330 dogs followed by 23 dogs at the 2nd Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Monday, February 13.
 
Most entered among the 200 breeds and varieties at the dog show are the Golden Retrievers (65), followed by Labrador Retrievers (46) French Bulldogs (46), Whippets (45), Yorkshire Terriers (38), and Australian Shepherds (38). These breeds are joined by three debut breeds at Westminster - the Sloughi (3), Pumi (7) and American Hairless Terrier (14). Golden Retrievers (8) are the largest obedience competition entry and the fourth most-entered breed (17) in Agility behind Border Collies (53), Shetland Sheepdogs (42) and Papillons (21).     
 
New Yorkers entered the most dogs (260) at the dog show. But New Jersey dogs (94) top the agility competition as well as the obedience competition (4) and are the fourth most entered (188) at the dog show. The farthest dog show competitor entered hails from China.
 
On Saturday, February 11, the Meet & Compete event featuring the 8th AKC Meet the Breeds® and the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster will be held. This joint effort between The Westminster Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club provides an opportunity for people to interact with more than 100 breeds and learn about responsible dog ownership. New in 2017, AKC Meet the Breeds is bringing cats to the dog show.
 
Televised since 1948, Westminster will once again be America's most watched live broadcast of a dog show. New this year, dog lovers can tune into FS1 for live Group and Best in Show coverage Monday and Tuesday night from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden and Nat Geo WILD for selected live breed coverage Monday and Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Piers 92/94. For information on tickets, broadcast schedule, and live streaming video visit westminsterkennelclub.org. All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan.
 
The 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Monday-Tuesday, February 13-14, 2017 / Pier 92/94 / Madison Square Garden
 
There are 2,798 dogs from 49 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, with the most dogs from New York (260) followed by California (246), Pennsylvania (232), New Jersey (188), Florida (148), and Connecticut (121). They are joined by Junior Showmanship qualifiers (87). There are 135 foreign entries from 16 countriestopped by Canada (108), Japan (6) and Mexico (5).
 
Dog Show Breed Entries by Group
Sporting breeds (518): Brittanys (15), Lagotti Romagnoli (13), Pointers (19), Pointers (German Shorthaired) (36), Pointers (German Wirehaired) (8), Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay) (21), Retrievers (Curly-Coated) (7), Retrievers (Flat-Coated) (31), Retrievers (Golden) (65), Retrievers (Labrador) (46), Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) (12), Setters (English) (19), Setters (Gordon) (11), Setters (Irish) (19), Setters (Irish Red & White) (9), Spaniels (American Water) (1), Spaniels (Boykin) (4), Spaniels (Clumber) (5), Spaniels (Cocker) ASCOB (7), Spaniels (Cocker) Black (13), Spaniels (Cocker) Parti-Color (9), Spaniels (English Cocker) (15), Spaniels (English Springer) (29), Spaniels (Field) (16), Spaniels (Irish Water) (6), Spaniels (Sussex) (5), Spaniels (Welsh Springer) (7), Spinoni Italiani (11), Vizslas (22), Weimaraners (20), Wirehaired Pointing Griffons (13), Wirehaired Vizslas (4).
 
Hound breeds (417): Afghan Hounds (21), American English Coonhounds (2), American Foxhounds (6), Basenjis (18), Basset Hounds (9), Beagles (13") (10), Beagles (15") (28), Black and Tan Coonhounds (5), Bloodhounds (6), Bluetick Coonhounds (5), Borzois (27), Cirnechi dell'Etna (7), Dachshunds (Longhaired) (20), Dachshunds (Smooth) (27), Dachshunds (Wirehaired) (28), English Foxhounds (2), Greyhounds (8), Harriers (3), Ibizan Hounds (8), Irish Wolfhounds (15), Norwegian Elkhounds (4), Otterhounds (8), Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens (16), Pharaoh Hounds (16), Plotts (5), Portuguese Podengo Pequenos (10), Redbone Coonhounds (4), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (32), Salukis (9), Scottish Deerhounds (5), Sloughis (3), Treeing Walker Coonhounds (5), Whippets (45).
 
Working breeds (420): Akitas (11), Alaskan Malamutes (11), Anatolian Shepherd Dogs (5), Bernese Mountain Dogs (30), Black Russian Terriers (13), Boerboels (2), Boxers (15), Bullmastiffs (25), Cane Corsos (21), Doberman Pinschers (27), Dogues de Bordeaux (17), German Pinschers (10), Giant Schnauzers (11), Great Danes (21), Great Pyrenees (11), Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs (16), Komondorok (3), Kuvaszok (5), Leonbergers (13), Mastiffs (19), Neapolitan Mastiffs (4), Newfoundlands (21), Portuguese Water Dogs (19), Rottweilers (17), Samoyeds (18), Siberian Huskies (25), St. Bernards (5), Standard Schnauzers (16), Tibetan Mastiffs (9).
 
Terrier breeds (342): Airedale Terriers (14), American Hairless Terrier (14), American Staffordshire Terriers (10), Australian Terriers (10), Bedlington Terriers (8), Border Terriers (18), Bull Terriers (Colored) (4), Bull Terriers (White) (4), Cairn Terriers (12), Cesky Terriers (9), Dandie Dinmont Terriers (3), Fox Terriers (Smooth) (16), Fox Terriers (Wire) (7), Glen of Imaal Terriers (16), Irish Terriers (3), Kerry Blue Terriers (16), Lakeland Terriers (6), Manchester Terriers (Standard) (6), Miniature Bull Terriers (8), Miniature Schnauzers (27), Norfolk Terriers (10), Norwich Terriers (17), Parson Russell Terriers (3), Rat Terriers (12), Russell Terriers (10), Scottish Terriers (11), Sealyham Terriers (4), Skye Terriers (6), Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers (19), Staffordshire Bull Terriers (20), Welsh Terriers (6), West Highland White Terriers (13).
 
Toy breeds (410): Affenpinschers (5), Brussels Griffons (20), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (37), Chihuahuas (Long Coat) (15), Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) (13), Chinese Cresteds (34), English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles) (5), English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby) (3), Havanese (28), Italian Greyhounds (19), Japanese Chin (10), Maltese (15), Manchester Terriers (Toy) (7), Miniature Pinschers (17), Papillons (22), Pekingese (19), Pomeranians (16), Poodles (Toy) (14), Pugs (37), Shih Tzu (17), Silky Terriers (8), Toy Fox Terriers (11), Yorkshire Terriers (38).
 
Non-Sporting breeds (289): American Eskimo Dogs (11), Bichon Frises (18), Boston Terriers (16), Bulldogs (17), Chinese Shar-Pei (9), Chow Chows (6), Coton De Tulears (8), Dalmatians (24), Finnish Spitz (2), French Bulldogs (46), Keeshonden (19), Lhasa Apsos (16), Lowchen (1), Poodles (Miniature) (6), Poodles (Standard) (23), Schipperkes (9), Shiba Inu (19), Tibetan Spaniels (10), Tibetan Terriers (18), Xoloitzcuintlis (11).
 
Herding breeds (402): Australian Cattle Dogs (12), Australian Shepherds (38), Bearded Collies (15), Beaucerons (8), Belgian Malinois (14), Belgian Sheepdogs (8), Belgian Tervuren (13), Bergamascos (10), Berger Picards (18), Border Collies (14), Bouviers des Flandres (14), Briards (15), Canaan Dogs (3), Cardigan Welsh Corgis (23), Collies (Rough) (17), Collies (Smooth) (18), Entlebucher Mountain Dogs (5), Finnish Lapphunds (8), German Shepherd Dogs (19), Icelandic Sheepdogs (6), Miniature American Shepherds (13), Norwegian Buhunds (11), Old English Sheepdogs (15), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (34), Polish Lowland Sheepdogs (11), Pulik (1), Pumik (7), Pyrenean Shepherds (5), Shetland Sheepdogs (13), Spanish Water Dogs (10), Swedish Vallhunds (4).
 
Dog Show Entries by Location
States (49): Alaska (2), Alabama (26), Arkansas (6), Arizona (28), California (246), Colorado (39), Connecticut (121), Delaware (15), Florida (148), Georgia (79), Hawaii (8), Idaho (6), Illinois (54), Indiana (37), Iowa (6), Kansas (13), Kentucky (22), Louisiana (31), Maine (11), Maryland (90), Massachusetts (97), Michigan (82), Minnesota (35), Mississippi (5), Missouri (27), Montana (4), Nebraska (8), Nevada (12), New Hampshire (41), New Jersey (188), New Mexico (9), New York (260), North Carolina (94), Ohio (108), Oklahoma (29), Oregon (25), Pennsylvania (232), Rhode Island (17), South Carolina (49), South Dakota (3), Tennessee (46), Texas (110), Utah (3), Vermont (21), Virginia (113), Washington (91), West Virginia (10), Wisconsin (54), Wyoming (2). Other: Washington D.C. (7), Puerto Rico (2).
 
Foreign Countries (16): Bermuda (1), Brazil (1), Canada (108), Chile (3), China (1), Columbia (1), Costa Rica (2), Denmark (1), England (1), France (1), Germany (1), Italy (1), Japan (6), Mexico (5), Norway (1), Slovenia (1).
 
4th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Pier 94
 
There are 330 dogs entered representing 25 states with the most coming from New Jersey (94), New York (67) and Connecticut (35). The top 5 entries are Border Collies (53), Shetland Sheepdogs (42), All American Dogs (26), Papillons (21), and Golden Retrievers (17).
 
Agility Entries by Breed
Alaskan Malamutes (2), All American Dogs (26), Australian Shepherds (13), Basenjis (1), Beagles (3), Bearded Collies (2), Beaucerons (1), Belgian Malinois (2), Belgian Sheepdog (1), Berger Picards (1), Bernese Mountain Dog (1), Bichon Frises (3), Border Collies (53), Boston Terriers (1), Boxers (2), Brittanys (2), Bull Terriers (1), Cardigan Welsh Corgis (3), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (8), Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) (2), Chinese Cresteds (2), Cocker Spaniels (4), Cotons de Tulear (2), Curly-coated Retrievers (1), Dalmatians (3), Doberman Pinschers (3), English Cocker Spaniels (3), English Springer Spaniels (5), Flat Coated Retrievers (2), Giant Schnauzers (1), Glen of Imaal Terriers (1), Golden Retrievers (17), Gordon Setters (1), Irish Red & White Setters (1), Italian Greyhounds (1), Labrador Retrievers (14), Lagotti Romagnoli (1), Lowchens (1), Maltese (1), Manchester Terriers (3), Miniature American Shepherds (6), Miniature Schnauzers (3), Mudi (1), Norfolk Terriers (1), Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers (3), Papillons (21), Parson Russell Terriers (1), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (6), Pointers (2), Pomeranians (3), Poodles (11), Poodles (Miniature) (3), Poodles (Standard) (2), Poodles (Toy) (1), Portuguese Water Dogs (5), Pugs (1), Rat Terriers (3), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (1), Rottweilers (3), Schipperkes (3), Scottish Terriers (1), Shetland Sheepdogs (42), Shiba Inu (3), Siberian Huskies (1), Smooth Fox Terriers (1), Toy Fox Terriers (1), Welsh Springer Spaniels (1), West Highland White Terriers (3), Yorkshire Terriers (2).
 
Agility Entries by Location
States (25): Arkansas (1), California (8), Connecticut (35), Delaware (2), Florida (3), Georgia (1), Illinois (1), Kansas (2), Maine (1), Massachusetts (22), Maryland (7), Michigan (2), Minnesota (4), North Carolina (2), New Hampshire (15), New Jersey (94), New Mexico (2), New York (67), Ohio (7), Pennsylvania (33), Rhode Island (2), Texas (5), Virginia (11), Vermont (1), Washington (2).
 
2nd Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster Entries
Monday, February 13, 2017 at Pier 94
 
There are 23 dogs entered from 14 states led by New Jersey (4) and New York (3). Golden Retrievers (8) are the most entered followed by Border Collies (5).
 
Obedience Entries by Breed
Border Collies (5), German Shepherd Dogs (1), Papillons (2), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (1), Pomeranians (1), Poodles (Standard) (1), Retrievers (Golden) (8), Retrievers (Labrador) (2), Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) (1), Rottweilers (1).
 
Obedience Entries by Location
States (14): California (1), Connecticut (2), Georgia (2), Missouri (1), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (4), New York (3), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (1), South Carolina (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (1), Virginia (1), Wisconsin (1).
 
All entry counts are subject to final audit.
 
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In 1877, New York was well on its way to becoming the world’s greatest city. This was the year that a group of sporting gentlemen decided that this would be a good time to hold a dog show in Manhattan. It didn’t take long before the Westminster Kennel Club, following the lead of its home town, would be on its way to becoming the world’s greatest dog show.

westmisterhotelWith its spectacular beginnings and extraordinary growth in the years to follow, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was quickly reflecting the growth and success of New York City. As the dog show grew every year, so did the Westminster Kennel Club’s position as the symbol of the purebred dog, with its influence being felt in show rings everywhere, and eventually in millions of television homes across the country. Westminster has become America’s Dog Show.

“Westminster gets its name from a long gone hotel in Manhattan. There, sporting gentlemen used to meet in the bar to drink and lie about their shooting accomplishments. Eventually they formed a club and bought a training area and kennel. They kept their dogs there and hired a trainer.

“They couldn’t agree on the name for their new club. But finally someone suggested that they name it after their favorite bar. The idea was unanimously selected, we imagine, with the hoisting of a dozen drinking arms.”
– Maxwell Riddle, from a newspaper story quoted in “The Dog Show, 125 Years of Westminster” by William Stifel

It was at one of those meetings that the members decided that they would stage a dog show so that they could compare their dogs in a setting away from the field. The First Annual New York Bench Show of Dogs, given under the auspices of the Westminster Kennel Club, was staged in 1877 at Gilmore’s Garden (the forerunner of Madison Square Garden) in New York City, drawing an entry of 1,201 dogs.

The show was such a hit that it was extended to four days from its originally-scheduled three, and drew this coverage from “Forest and Stream” magazine:

“To say that the dog show held in the city last week was a success would but poorly convey an idea of what the result really was. It was a magnificent triumph for the dogs and for the projectors of the show. We question if on any previous occasion has there ever assembled in this city such a number of people at one time, and representing as much of the culture, wealth and fashion of the town.”

rings1877To fully grasp the place in history of the Westminster Kennel Club and its famed annual dog show at Madison Square Garden, consider this:

Westminster pre-dates the invention of the light bulb, the automobile, and the zipper; the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Washington Monument; and manned air flight and the establishment of the World Series. Since Westminster held its first show 127 years ago, there have been 26 men elected president and 12 states have joined the union.

The dog show has outlasted three previous versions of Madison Square Garden, and is currently being staged in MSG IV. It is one of only four events to be held in all four “Gardens.”
The dog show has survived power outages, snowstorms, a national depression, two World Wars and a tugboat strike that threatened to shut down the city, in the process becoming the second longest continuously held sporting event in the country. Only the Kentucky Derby has been staged longer – but by just one year.

Westminster even pre-dates the establishment of the governing body of the sport, the American Kennel Club, by seven years. In fact, in 1877, members of Westminster and members of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia had together adopted a set of show rules and regulations and established a Board of Appeals to oversee these rules. This was the precursor of the American Kennel Club, which was finally created in 1884.

As one might imagine, the history of the club and its show is rich and colorful.

In the early Westminster years, some interesting names showed up in the catalogs. In the first show, there were two Staghounds listed as being from the late General George Custer’s pack, and two Deerhounds that had been bred by the Queen of England. In 1889, the Czar of Russia is listed as the breeder of a Siberian Wolfhound entered, and the following year, one of the entries is a Russian Wolfhound whose listed owner was the Emperor of Germany.

Philanthropist J. P. Morgan made the first of his many appearances at Westminster with his Collies in 1893. Famous American journalist Nelly Bly entered her Maltese at Westminster in 1894, some four years after she made a record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes, racing the record of Phineas Fogg in Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days.

warrenremedyThe most-coveted award in the dog show world, Best In Show at Westminster, was given for the first time in 1907. That year, and for the next two years as well, it went to a Smooth Fox Terrier bitch named Ch. Warren Remedy. She remains the only dog ever to win three times.

Six other dogs have won Best In Show twice, the most recent being the English Springer Spaniel, Ch. Chinoe’s Adamant James in 1971 and 1972.

 

New York, NY-The American Kennel Club® (AKC) is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 AKC® Lifetime Achievement Awards: Patricia W. Laurans (Conformation), Elizabeth (Tibby) Chase (Companion Events) and Jim Campbell (Performance).

The Awards, created by AKC President Dennis Sprung, are presented in recognition of exceptional participation and achievement within the dog fancy. The finalists and winners, based on nominations from AKC member clubs, have impacted the dog sport on a national level through club involvement, judging, exhibiting, breeding and teaching.

 

Conformation

Patricia W. Laurans, of Newtown, Connecticut, has been active in dogs for over 50 years as an exhibitor, all-breed handler and breeder of Best in Show, National Specialty winning and top producing German Wirehaired Pointers.

She has served as Delegate for the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America for over 30 years. During that time she was elected to the AKC Board of Directors and started an AKC Breeders Education program and helped establish the Junior Scholarship program.

When Pat left the Board of Directors in 2000 she was elected to the Parent Club Committee and has served as its Chairperson from 2000 to the present. During this tenure she helped establish the Parent Club Conference Program and chaired three National Parent Club Conferences. In 2013 she helped establish the AKC Reunite Pet Disaster Trailer Program and serves as its co-chairman.  Read more

Companion Events

Elizabeth (Tibby) Chase, of Monson, Massachusetts, desperately wanted a Welsh pony as a child, but her sensible parents presented her with a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. This little dog introduced Tibby to the challenging world of dog training and was her first high in trial dog in 1961. She has been involved with dogs, dog training and Corgis ever since.

While obedience is her first love, Tibby has successfully trained and shown dogs in rally, tracking, agility, herding, and conformation. One ‘special’ Pembroke, “Tyler”, Ch. Heronsway Free Style UDT ROMX, is one of a few obedience titled dogs to win the breed at Westminster. In very limited breeding, Tibby produced several Pembroke champions and others that excelled in obedience, herding and agility. Read more

Performance

Jim Campbell, of Marrero, Louisiana, grew up in in rural Mississippi in the 1950’s and 60’s. Rabbit hunting with grade beagles instilled in him a love for the sport. In 1978 he got his first AKC registered beagles. After moving to New Orleans he met Maurice Ellis, Rannie Ladner and Tommy Moffet. Jim gives credit to them for teaching him what to look for in a hound and how to condition them. His first good dog was Jazztown T-Beau, who had a great nose, outstanding line control and check work that set the standard for what he looks for in a dog to this day.

Jim has bred many worthy hounds over the years, seven of which finished as AKC field champions. He finished four field champions himself, two of which went on to win the AKC SPO Nationals. FC JO's Hustler won the Southern States Championship twice. FC Huff's Riverland Charter won the SPO Nationals in 2007, and to date has produced six field champions. Jim also owned Tommy's Talking Deacon and Blue Ann. The latest field champion that he finished is FC JO's Shaq. Read More

The honorees, who were selected from votes cast by AKC member clubs, will receive engraved Revere bowls on Friday, December 16, 2016 at the Delegates luncheon held in conjunction with the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin in Orlando, Florida. A sterling silver Tiffany and Co. bowl, engraved with the names of all recipients past and present, is on permanent display at AKC headquarters in New York City.

For more information on the recipients, go to http://www.akc.org/about/awards-and-honors/lifetime-achievement/recipients/2017/

Review written by Jon Patch with 4 out of 4 paws

Sully

Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, FilmNation Entertainment, Flashlight Films and The Kennedy/Marshall Company present a PG-13, 95 minute, Biography, Drama, directed by Clint Eastwood, screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, based on the book “Highest Duty” by Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger with a theater release date of September 9, 2016.

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