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Greg Louganis is both an Olypimc Gold Medalist and a Dog Agility Champion! He is an Olympic and World Champion in Diving and has appeared in multiple national finals in Dog Agility.

Greg Louganis began competing in diving at age 9. By 16, he had won his first Olympic medal, a silver medal on the platform in 1976. At 24, he became the first man in 56 years to win two Gold Medals in diving by winning both the platform and springboard events. In 1988, competing against divers half his age, he became the first to win double Gold Medals for diving in two consecutive Olympics.

Greg’s diving accomplishments did not stop there. He is a five time World Champion and holds 47 National Championship titles. At the Pan Am Games, he earned six Gold Medals, and in 1985, he was awarded the Sullivan Award as the “Nation’s most outstanding amateur athlete.”

Considered the greatest diver of all time, Greg was the first to score over 700 points in a diving competition under the old scoring system and is still the only one to accomplish that feat at an Olympics. However, what most people remember about Greg is that he went on to win Olympic Gold at the 1988 Games despite striking the back of his head on the springboard during the preliminaries. He attempted a reverse 2½ somersault pike in the ninth round of the prelims, and he hit his head on the board and fell into the water. Thirty-five minutes later, after receiving stitches to his scalp wound, he resumed diving. The following day, he hit all 11 dives and easily won the Olympic Gold Medal.

At the 1988 Olympic Games, he was awarded the Maxwell House/United States Olympic Committee Spirit Award as the Olympic athlete who had best exhibited the ideals of the Olympic spirit, demonstrated extraordinary courage and contributed significantly to the sport. Greg is more than just a diver; he stands out as a human being as well. Greg speaks out for many organizations including youth clubs, drug and alcohol rehabilitation groups, and organizations for the dyslexic.

Greg was diagnosed HIV positive in 1988, and revealed his HIV status in his 1995 autobiography, "Breaking the Surface," which spent five weeks at number one on the New York Times Best-Seller List. He then produced a Video Diary called "Looking to the Light," which picked up where "Breaking the Surface" left off.

Greg’s second book, For the Life of Your Dog: A Complete Guide to Having a Dog From Adoption and Birth Through Sickness and Health, was published in 1999. Greg has trained three dogs to the American Kennel Club (AKC) dog agility nationals. Greg was born, raised and still resides in California.

Career HighlightsOlympics

  • 1976 Montreal, Canada – Silver Medalist on 10 mtr platform
  • 1980 Moscow, USSR – qualified on 3 mtr springboard & 10 mtr platform (BOYCOTT)
  • 1984 Los Angeles, USA – Gold Medalist on 3 mtr springboard & 10 mtr platform
  • 1988 Seoul, Korea – Gold Medalist on 3 mtr springboard & 10 mtr platform

International Competitions

  • 1978 World Championship – Berlin, Germany o Gold Medal, 10 mtr platform • 1979 Pan Am Games – San Juan, Puerto Rico o Gold Medal, 3 mtr springboard o Gold Medal, 10 mtr platform
  • 1982 World Championships – Guayaquil, Ecuador o Gold Medal, 3 mtr springboard o Gold Medal, 10 mtr platform
  • 1983 Pan Am Games – Caracas, Venezuela o Gold Medal, 3 mtr springboard o Gold Medal, 10 mtr platform
  • 1986 World Championships – Madrid, Spain o Gold Medal, 3 mtr springboard o Gold Medal, 10 mtr platform
  • 1987 Pan Am Games – Indianapolis, IN, USA o Gold Medal, 3 mtr springboard o Gold Medal, 10 mtr platform
  • 47 National Titles

Animal Planet™ Complete Guide to Dog Grooming

Skills, Techniques, and Instructions for the Home Groomer

From the most respected brand in pet publishing comes the most comprehensive, concise, all-in-one manual on all aspects of grooming a dog at home.

The Complete Guide to Dog Grooming provides dog guardians with common-sense advice on coat, ear, eye, nail, and dental care. Award-winning author Eve Adamson and groomer Sandy Roth also show readers how to master a variety of grooming techniques for all coat types, from basic brushing to more complicated clipping patterns and hand-stripping.

The Complete Guide to Dog Grooming also offers:

  • step-by-step grooming instructions for more than 140 breeds
  • photo galleries illustrating every breed described
  • guidance on dealing with dogs who have special grooming needs
  • bonus material on how to become a professional groomer

Whether novice or experienced, the Complete Guide to Dog Grooming provides guardians with the most comprehensive, user-friendly reference at their fingertips.

Eve Adamson is a New York Times best-selling author who has written or co-written more than 50 books. She is a contributing editor to Dog Fancy magazine, writes the “Good Grooming” column for AKC Family Dog magazine, and is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA). Eve lives in Iowa City with her family and two dogs.

Sandy Roth owns a grooming shop in State College, Pennsylvania, where she specializes in grooming pet dogs and show prospects.

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About TFH Publications, Inc. ®

As the world’s most distinguished publisher of high-quality care and training books, as well as the largest and respected producer of premium dog products, TFH Publications, Inc., produces books and learning vehicles for pet owners that ensure the optimum human–companion animal experience: a long, healthy, happy life full of trust and companionship. For more information, visit www.tfh.com. TFH Publications, Inc. , is a subsidiary of California-based Central Garden & Pet Corporation (Nasdaq: CENT) and includes Nylabone® Products: The Leader In Responsible Animal Care For Over 50 Years®.

About Central Garden & Pet

Central Garden & Pet Company is a leading innovator, marketer and producer of quality branded products for the lawn & garden and pet supplies markets. Committed to new product innovation, our products are sold to specialty independent and mass retailers in the following categories: Lawn & Garden: Grass seed including the brands PENNINGTON® and THE REBELS; wild bird feed and the brands PENNINGTON® and KAYTEE®; weed and insect control and the brands AMDRO®, SEVIN®, IRONITE® and Over ‘N Out and; decorative outdoor patio products and the brands NORCAL®, NEW ENGLAND POTTERY® and MATTHEWS FOUR SEASONS. We also provide a host of other regional and application-specific garden brands and supplies. Pet categories include: animal health and the brands ADAMS and ZODIAC®; aquatics and reptile and the brands OCEANIC®, AQUEON and RZILLA; bird & small animal and the brands KAYTEE®, SUPER PET® and CRITTER TRAIL®; dog & cat and the brands TFH®/NYLABONE®, FOUR PAWS®, PINNACLE® and Avoderm; and equine and the brands FARNAM®, BRONCO® and SUPER MASK®. We also provide a host of other application-specific pet brands and supplies. Central Garden & Pet is based in Walnut Creek, California, and has approximately 5,000 employees, primarily in North America and Europe. For additional information on Central Garden & Pet, including access to the Company’s SEC filings, please visit the Company’s website at http://www.central.com.

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Pat Santi, has been a DWAA member for 25 years and secretary for over 17 years. Author, columnist

lecturer, and animal behaviorist for over 40 years. Breeder, owner, handler for 45 years and AKC Breeder of

Merit. I am a registered nurse by profession but animals, especially dogs, been an essential part of my life since childhood:  As.

secretary, I enjoy working for and with the members.

Kick Off Westminster Weekend, Fashion Week & Valentines Day with the

Largest Pet Fashion Event in the World


The 2014 New York Pet Fashion Show featuring "The Crown Jewel's Of Fashion & Rescue"
We invite you to cover the event of the season.  View the most expensive items ever on the runway including


The "Lumieres" Dog Couture Dress $25,000 - The Diamond Dog Collar $xxx,000 Priceless - The "Queen's Crown" - $3,000  - The "Papillon" - $2,500
Over  $400,000 of outfits, accessories, and jewelry displayed on the runway!


For a Special Private Preview and Video Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cover the Super Bowl & Olympics of Fashion & Rescue!



Our tenth anniversary show kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday February 7th 2014 at the Hotel Pennsylvania and benefits our Gems of Animal Rescue in support of the Mayor's Alliance

for NYC's Animals and 150 participating shelters and rescue groups www.animalalliancenyc.org.


Join us for a royal evening of Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses, The Tudors, The Medici's and the elegance and style of Marie Antoinette. The top pet designers in the country are creating outfits for our canine and human models.  See who is crowned "Rescue Dog Of The Year".  The winner will walk the runway in our exclusive "Diamond Dog Collar" designed by Candy Udell from London Jeweler's, creator and designer of the famous 2.5 million dollar bra for the Victoria's Secret Angels on the Runway CBS show.  


This event is being filmed for TV and features Three Special runway shows:


"Gems Of Rescue" This runway segment presents 12 dogs representing one of the rescue/shelter groups from the  Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, outfitted in the

Jewels of the Crown with diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, pearls, ruby's, crystals and so much more.  The "Rescue Dog of the Year" will be crowned immediately following this runway show. The winner will be presented with $5,000 in cash and prizes, including $1,000 from Trupanion.



"Age Of Enlightenment" Siecle des Lumieres of Marie Antoinette. This segment represents the fusion of  "fashion and technology", Featuring Age of Enlightenment Couture by Ada Nieves and Gladys Garced and  The Lumieres, a $25,000 cutting edge canine dress adorned with 150 LED lights and Swarovski Crystals powered by two mini computers and 10 programmed animations ... Priceless!



"Crown Jewels of Fashion"  The Royalty Costume Contest for Dogs and Humans on the runway.  Judges will choose the King or Queen of the Show, and the Pet Designer of the Year from custom one-of-a-kind outfits created by the top pet designers in the country. 


Additional Award Presentations Include: 



"Humanitarian of The Year” Jill Rappaport NBC’s Award Winning Animal Advocate & Best Selling Author.

"Corporate Excellence" Award  Candy Udell of London Jewelers'/Rescue Paw Foundation

"Ambassador of Rescue"  Prince Lorenzo Borghese

"Animal Welfare Organization of the Year”  Mayor's Alliance for NYC’s Animals

"Rescue Dog of The Year"  to be announced February 1st.

"Forever Home Award"   to the pet parent/adopter and adopting shelter/rescue group.



MEDIA:  To be placed on our VIP Media Guest list please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TICKETS:  $40 in advance/$50 at the door

ADDRESS:  401 Seventh Ave, 33rd Street, New York, NY. 10001

WHERE:  Hotel Pennsylvania 18th Fl. Penntop Ballroom

WHEN:  Friday February 7th, 2014 from 6 p.m. - 11


* Cash Bar, complimentary food, music and vendors selling some of the best and coolest pet products in the market today.


2014 New York Pet Fashion Event Sponsors









Calling all VIP's (Very Important Pooches): New York's Hotel Pennsylvania is the place to stay for the 2014 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show


(New York City, NY)—
New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is once again offering exclusive Five-Paw service and pulling out all the stops to cater to canine hopefuls participating in the 2014 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The services offered are unmatched by any other hotel for Westminster in terms of both quantity of services and scale of floor space dedicated to the breeds. The 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show takes place on February 10th and 11th, 2014 at Madison Square Garden directly across from the hotel.

As one of the three Gold Partner Hotel’s, the Westminster Kennel Club is providing complimentary shuttle buses to transport exhibitors and spectators directly from New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania to Piers 92/94 throughout each day, where the Breed judging and benching will take place. The Groups, Junior Showmanship Finals and important Best In Show will still be held at Madison Square Garden.

“Every year we look forward to hosting our VIP’s for the annual Dog Show,” said Jim Flynn, General Manager and All Dogs’ Best Friend at the Hotel. “Given our ideal Westminster location, unbeatable rates and exclusive canine amenities, participants know we are the perfect place to stay year-after-year.”

No one does it better than New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania! From ‘pup’tual wedding ceremonies to hosting an annual Pet Fashion Show, the recipient of the Pet Friendly Hotel of the Year award always goes the extra mile. The list of exclusive amenities grows each year and New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is outdoing itself again by adding agility equipment for Westminster hopefuls. This recent addition will cater to canines entering Westminster’s newest event, the Masters Agility Championship.

To prepare for this special occasion, the property is planning to set up a variety of onsite daily events and amenities to coincide with the Show exclusively for guests, including:

- Direct shuttle bus service for Dog Show exhibitors and spectators from the Hotel to Piers 92/94 each day (compliments of Westminster).
- Exclusive welcome package for Westminster guests.
- Hosting the largest in-door doggie spa in all of New York, the 1st In-Line, Inc. sponsored Green Room Salon, Spa and Canine Gym offers a variety of amenities for Show participants: bathing and grooming parlors, exercise fitness area, agility equipment, animal massage, animal acupuncture, walking area with his and hers relieving area.
- A live Westminster Kennel Club broadcast satellite feed from the Hotel’s Lobby on the morning of February 7th.
- Hosting the 2014 New York Pet Fashion Show Presents “The Crown Jewels of Fashion and Rescue” taking place on February 7th; starting at 7 pm EST.
- Hosting a live three-hour radio broadcast of the popular pet show Talkin’ Pets with Jon Patch on February 8th from 5 pm to 8 pm EST.
- Hosting the Dog Writers Association of America Annual Awards Banquet on February 9th.
- Our exclusive on-site Doggie Concierge will be working hard to attend to all canine requirements (such as ‘pup’arazzi interviews and hotel tours) related to the Westminster Dog Show.
- The Paw Mall, located at the Dog S’paw’, will feature all the latest accessories and gifts for both owners and pets to enjoy, from jewelry to pet clothing.
…and so much more! Visit www.hotelpenn.com/en/page/westminster for full details.

New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is offering unbeatable room rates for Westminster guests with dogs and those without dogs. To stay at the host hotel where all the Westminster Dog Show action happens, contact 212-736-5000 (locally) or 800-223-8585 (toll-free) or visit www.hotelpenn.com/en/page/westminster today.

Westminster is the oldest, continuous sporting event in America, with the exception of the Kentucky Derby.  The Dog Show is the most prestigious of National Dog Shows and has been held every year despite power shortages, hazardous weather conditions, economic depressions and World Wars.

About New York's Hotel Pennsylvania
Since 1919, New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania has been host to millions of visitors to Manhattan, more than any other hotel in the world. The hotel is one of only two hotels in Manhattan to earn the prestigious ENERGY STAR award, which exemplifies superior energy performance and efficiency. With 1,700 rooms and over 90,000 square feet of function and adjacent exhibit space, the hotel’s location on 7th Avenue at 33rd Street is conveniently located to the Midtown business district and within walking distance to many of Manhattan’s famed tourist attractions, including Times Square, the Theater District and the Empire State Building. Directly across from Penn Station and with most major subway lines within one block makes getting to and around Manhattan exceptionally easy. Reservations can be made on-line at www.hotelpenn.com or by calling 212-736-5000 or toll-free at 800-223-8585. The World’s Most Popular Hotel is a registered trademark of New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania.


BASH DIBRA


"Celebrity Pet Trainer Bash dubbed the" Pet Laureate of our Times."


From coast to coast, from celebrities to casting directors, from in front of the camera to behind the scenes, the "movers and shakers" in the industry know to contact BASH DIBRA, author, pet expert and celebrity trainer-to-the-stars, who is fast becoming the "PET LAUREATE OF OUR TIMES!" proclaims the prestigious Yearbook of Experts, the in-house industry "Bible" of the media.

Bash is an animal behaviorist, author of 6 best-selling books and a video on responsible pet ownership, training and the proper treatment of animals in both the pet and entertainment industry, and the soon-to-be-published "STARPET: How to Make Your Pet A Star." He sets the industry standard of service to celebrities and their pets, as well as any pet owner who comes to him for help.

Bash has appeared on numerous TV shows such as Inside Edition, The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Early Show and CNN, promoting responsible pet ownership. He works tirelessly for animal welfare, promoting animals in service to mankind, and is the recipient of numerous awards such as the New York State Humane Association Award, the New York City Veterinary Medical Association�s Unsung Hero Award, American Sociiety for Protection of Animals and the North Shore Animal League�s Legendary Bond Award.

At the age of three, Bash and his parents fled from their native country of Albania to Yugoslavia. They ended up in a refugee camp where Bash had his first introduction to the forerunner of dogs, the wolf. Used to guard the prisoners and supposedly frighten them, Bash soon out-foxed the wolves and had them eating out of his hands much to the chagrin of the prison guards. From that time on Bash knew what his life career would be � working with animals.

Bash�s own pets are celebrities in their own right, having been featured in motion pictures, tv commercials and ads.

For further information, visit his website at www.bashdibra.com,



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Bash Dibra pet expert from Fieldston Pets  wants you to know..that pets are members of the family.... www.bashdibra.com



http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=B3yrIihbqt8&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DB3yrIihbqt8



Pet Power .............        " Behind every  leash there is a Voter "


Statistics from a recent  Pet Industry survey confirm the nations' collective anthropomorphization of our pets: •61 percent of women tell their dog about their problems.
•31 percent of women feel their dog is a better listener than their partner.
•24 percent of men use their dog to talk to a good-looking stranger in the park.
•14 percent of men say their dog showed them more affection than their loved ones.


Bash Dibra is a dog trainer extraordinaire, and animal beharovist.  Here's some accolades from his fans.



"Bash Dibra leads us through various and very often complex parts of the human-canine relationship and shows us not only how it can work, but how we can make it work."
-Roger Caras, Past President, ASPCA



"He doesn't train your dog; he trains you to train your dog by thinking like a dog."
-In Style



"Bash Dibra has such a cult following among Manhattan pet owners that he is known simply as Bash, like a rock star.... To clients like Alec Baldwin, he's 'top dog' among personal pet trainers."
-The New York Times



"High profile folks like Mariah Carey and Henry Kissinger rely on Bash, the trainer who can turn the most problematic pooch into a model canine."
-W



"Anyone who can teach Spike anything should be sainted."
-Joan Rivers



"I think Bash Dibra was raised by wolves."
-Nancy Friday



"Bash Dibra is recognized as an authority and deservedly so."
-William J. Kay, DVM, Past President, Animal Medical Center



"There's nobody quite like Bash when it comes to dogs! Within a few weeks my two Bichons were behaving perfectly and trotting happily on their leashes."
-Barbara Taylor Bradford



"Bash not only trains dogs, but truly loves them. And they love him too."
-Sarah Jessica Parker



"Bash did a great job in training Sally, our Border Collie, and in return, she absolutely adores him. That, to me, seems like the best endorsement of his training philosophy."
-Matthew Broderick



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BASH DIBRA INVITES CELEBRITIES AND PET OWNERS TO

Westminster KC on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 to see Agility and All-breed Dog Show



The Westminster Kennel Club will add to its incomparable legacy in the sport of dogs when it stages The Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Saturday 8, 2014 at Pier 94 in New York City between the hours of 11AM and 10PM ..



Dogs and their handlers excitedly attack the obstacle course of jumps, tunnels, weave poles, and more in a timed competition in the fastest-growing dog sport in the country. The Mixed Breed category is especially significant, bringing non-purebred dogs to a Westminster event for the first time since the very earliest days of its show.



Canine Court, America���s first pet playground is the perfect place for the competing dogs and their handlers to practice prior to the Feb. 8th agility show. Located in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, it is a living symbol of Fieldston Pets belief in giving back to the Community. America���s very first pet playground, is a green oasis of pastoral pet pastime that includes an agi lity course and a custom people/pet water fountain. Safely fenced in within Van Cortlandt���s rolling fields and forests, Canine Court has been the go-to destination for recreation socialization and pet-centric events and festivities since 1998.



The Friends of Canine Court and Bash Dibra are pleased to announce that Canine Court, located in Van Cortlandt Park, Riverdale,The Bronx, will be celebrating its 15th anniversary on April 14th, 2014. Since that time thousands of dogs have brought their owners to the 15,000 square foot fenced in playground to frolic on the obstacle/agility course with hurdles, hoops, see-saws, slides, tunnels, crawl spaces and self-contained "free play" area. And, they would be pleased to include the Westchester competing dogs and their handlers to this list.

Canine Court's celebrity status as the World's First Dog Playground has garnered world-wide attention, attracting visitors from all across the U.S. as well as the globe-inspiring many to follow in Canine Court's historic paw prints and to replicate both the playground and it's commitment to responsible pet ownership in their own communities.

With it's creator, Celebrity Pet Laureate and Dog Trainer-to-the-Stars, Bash Dibra, at the helm, Canine Court has provided New York City with a "paws on" fun-filled venue to promote responsible pet-ownership in conjunction with city-wide pet-related issues, events and charities that enhance the community and educate the importance and value of the human\companion-animal bond.

Canine Court���s 15th anniversary will be celebrated at the upcoming ���Fitness With Fido��� event at Canine Court in May. It is  is also in the process of being renovated and would welcome your donations. Bash Dibra invites dog handlers and their pets to come to Canine Court to attend this 15th year celebration.

We have created the ���Story of Canine Court.��� on YouTube that can be accessed at:

http://www.pawsacrossamerica.com/#FIDO


THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB

www.westminsterkennelclub.org

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AMERICA’S DOG SHOW DRAWS ITS LARGEST ENTRY

SINCE 1990 FOR 138th WESTMINSTER

Combines with first-ever Westminster Agility Trial

to bring more than 3,000 dogs to New York in February

The Westminster Kennel Club’s Annual All Breed Dog show, the sport’s most famous and prestigious event, will be bigger than ever in 2014 with its largest entry since 1990 and the addition of America’s most popular canine sport to its activities.

Westminster’s 138th show, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 10-11, drew an entry of 2,845 as America’s Dog Show extends its standing as the second-longest continuously-held sporting event in this country, a streak that began in 1877.

There are entries in 187 breeds and varieties eligible for this year’s show. Labrador Retrievers, coincidentally the most-registered AKC breed every year since 1991, leads the way with 76 entries, followed by Golden Retrievers (58), French Bulldogs (52), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (46), and Australian Shepherds (44). In breeds that combine three varieties, Dachshunds have 62 entries and Poodles 42.

The entry, subject to final audit, includes three breeds newly-recognized by the American Kennel Club that are eligible for Westminster for the first time: Portuguese Podengo Pequeno (8 entries, Hound Group), the Chinook (4, Working Group), and the Rat Terrier (20, Terrier Group).

There are also 91 entries in Junior Showmanship.

Preceding the dog show, the first Masters Agility Championship at Westminster will take place on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Pier 94. With the maximum 225 dogs entered and a prime time television broadcast on FOX Sports 1, the competition will feature dogs of all breeds and mixed breed dogs (All American dogs) showing spectators and the television audience why the American Kennel Club calls Agility “the most exciting canine sport for spectators.” Details on the Agility entry will be available soon.

The combined entry of the two events means that more than 3,000 dogs will be on hand from all over the country. The dog show on Monday and Tuesday will also feature live television coverage on USA Network and CNBC, as well as live streaming video to the website and on the Westminster App, and social media.

Judging for the iconic all breed dog show takes place in two different venues. Breed judging, benching and Junior Showmanship preliminary competition will take place during the days Monday and Tuesday at Piers 92/94. Group and Best In Show judging, as well as the Junior Showmanship Finals, will be held at Madison Square Garden on Monday and Tuesday evenings, as has been the case virtually every year since the show began in 1877.

Entries have come from 49 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and 13 foreign countries. For the fourth year in a row, New York has the most with 272, while California following closely with 239. Rounding out the top five states are Pennsylvania (211), New Jersey (191), and Texas (149). Arkansas did not have an entry.

There are 127 foreign entries, led by Canada with 115. Dogs are also entered from Mexico, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Finland, Italy, Norway, Slovenia, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. Many other foreign-owned dogs are entered from U.S. addresses, and in the final compilation there will certainly be additional foreign countries represented.

Breeds and varieties in the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups will be benched and judged at the Piers during the day on Monday, with Group competition that evening at the Garden. On Tuesday, breeds and varieties in the Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups will be benched and judged at the Piers and judging of those Groups will take place on Tuesday night. Judging of Best In Show, featuring all seven of the Group winners, will be held Tuesday evening at the Garden in the final event of the show.

The evening competition will be televised live each night from 8-11 p.m. ET. Monday’s telecast of the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups will be on CNBC. Tuesday’s telecast will be on USA Network and will include the Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups, as well as Best In Show. For the first time, Tuesday night’s telecast will also be seen live in the Pacific Time zone from 5-8 p.m. PT and will repeat in that time zone from 8-11 p.m. PT as well.

Westminster, televised since 1948, will once again be America’s most widely-watched live telecast of a dog show.

As it did last year, Westminster will produce live coverage of all the breed judging during the daytime hours, posting live streaming video on its website of the competition in all breeds and varieties with real-time posting on the Westminster website.

Best In Show will be judged by Ms. Betty Regina Leininger of Frisco, TX. She heads a panel of 44 judges from 20 states and two foreign countries presiding over the dog world’s most prestigious event.

Group judges are Mr. Sam Houston McDonald of Chester Springs, PA, Sporting; Mr. Douglas Johnson of Bloomington, IN, Hound; Mr. Clay Coady of Paradise Valley, AZ, Working; Mr. Bruce Schwartz of Los Angeles, CA, Terrier; Ms. Keke Kahn of Sarasota, FL, Toy; Ms. Virginia Lyne of Saanichton, BC, Non-Sporting; and Mr. Walter Sommerfelt of Lenoir City, TN, Herding. Mr. Peter Kubacsz of Jackson, NJ, will judge the Junior Showmanship finals.

Tickets are still available for both the day events at the Piers and the evening events at the Garden, and for the Agility Trial.

Visit the Westminster website (www.westminsterkennelclub.org) for a full breakdown

by breed of the entry, for the complete judging panel, judging schedule,

agility event details, and ticket information.

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Entries for 2014 (subject to final audit):

Sporting breeds (560): Brittanys 19, Pointers 14, Pointers (German Shorthaired) 40, Pointers (German Wirehaired) 8, Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay) 20, Retrievers (Curly-Coated) 11, Retrievers (Flat-Coated) 28, Retrievers (Golden) 58, Retrievers (Labrador) 76, Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) 12, Setters (English) 18, Setters (Gordon) 13, Setters (Irish) 18, Setters (Irish Red & White) 11, Spaniels (Boykin) 13, Spaniels (Clumber) 7, Spaniels (Cocker) ASCOB 6, Spaniels (Cocker) Black 11, Spaniels (Cocker) Parti-Color 7, Spaniels (English Cocker) 18, Spaniels (English Springer) 28, Spaniels (Field) 10, Spaniels (Irish Water) 6, Spaniels (Sussex) 8, Spaniels (Welsh Springer) 6, Spinone Italiano 18, Vizslas 39, Weimaraners 25, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons 12.

Hound breeds (408): Afghan Hounds 23, American English Coonhounds 6, American Foxhounds 6, Basenjis 17, Basset Hounds 14, Beagles (13”) 14, Beagles (15”) 28, Black and Tan Coonhounds 6, Bloodhounds 10, Bluetick Coonhounds 6, Borzoi 22, Dachshunds (Longhaired) 20, Dachshunds (Smooth) 23, Dachshunds (Wirehaired) 19, English Foxhounds 1, Greyhounds 9, Harriers 2, Ibizan Hounds 9, Irish Wolfhounds 9, Norwegian Elkhounds 5, Otterhounds 6, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen 14, Pharaoh Hounds 13, Plotts 5, Portuguese Podengo Pequeno 8, Redbone Coonhounds 4, Rhodesian Ridgebacks 46, Salukis 19, Scottish Deerhounds 5, Treeing Walker Coonhounds 12, Whippets 27.

Working breeds (425): Akitas 9, Alaskan Malamutes 10, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs 5, Bernese Mountain Dogs 19, Black Russian Terriers 16, Boxers 20, Bullmastiffs 21, Cane Corsos 23, Chinooks 4, Doberman Pinschers 31, Dogue de Bordeaux 13, German Pinschers 10, Giant Schnauzers 11, Great Danes 32, Great Pyrenees 13, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs 7, Komondorok 2, Kuvaszok 2, Leonbergers 22, Mastiffs 24, Neapolitan Mastiffs 5, Newfoundlands 13, Portuguese Water Dogs 13, Rottweilers 32, St. Bernards 8, Samoyeds 23, Siberian Huskies 22, Standard Schnauzers 11, Tibetan Mastiffs 4.

Terriers breeds (319): Airedale Terriers 13, American Staffordshire Terriers 11, Australian Terriers 7, Bedlington Terriers 18, Border Terriers 16, Bull Terriers (Colored) 2, Bull Terriers (White) 4, Cairn Terriers 11, Cesky Terriers 6, Dandie Dinmont Terriers 1, Fox Terriers (Smooth) 20, Fox Terriers (Wire) 13, Glen of Imaal Terriers 7, Irish Terriers 7, Kerry Blue Terriers 13, Lakeland Terriers 7, Manchester Terriers (Standard) 10, Miniature Bull Terriers 5, Miniature Schnauzers 15, Norfolk Terriers 5, Norwich Terriers 15, Parson Russell Terriers 11, Rat Terriers 20, Russell Terriers 11, Scottish Terriers 11, Sealyham Terriers 7, Skye Terriers 7, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers 11, Staffordshire Bull Terriers 12, Welsh Terriers 7, West Highland White Terriers 16.

Toy breeds (417): Affenpinschers 7, Brussels Griffons 14, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 28, Chihuahuas (Long Coat) 38, Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) 27, Chinese Cresteds 37, English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles) 3, English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby) 5, Havanese 30, Italian Greyhounds 16, Japanese Chins 13, Maltese 21, Manchester Terriers (Toy) 9, Miniature Pinschers 8, Papillons 19, Pekingese 13, Pomeranians 17, Poodles (Toy) 8, Pugs 35, Shih Tzu 18, Silky Terriers 6, Toy Fox Terriers 13, Yorkshire Terriers 32.

Non-Sporting breeds (307): American Eskimo Dogs 5, Bichon Frises 18, Boston Terriers 32, Bulldogs 27, Chinese Shar-Pei 7, Chow Chows 8, Dalmatians 25, Finnish Spitz 1, French Bulldogs 52, Keeshondens 16, Lhasa Apsos 14, Lowchen 6, Poodles (Miniature) 11, Poodles (Standard) 23, Schipperkes 10, Shiba Inu 13, Tibetan Spaniels 13, Tibetan Terriers 18, Xoloitzcuintlis 8.

Herding breeds (318): Australian Cattle Dogs 12, Australian Shepherds 44, Bearded Collies 15, Beauceron 6, Belgian Malinois 15, Belgian Sheepdogs 10, Belgian Tervurens 13, Border Collies 23, Bouviers des Flandres 14, Briards 15, Canaan Dogs 3, Cardigan Welsh Corgis 26, Collies (Rough) 11, Collies (Smooth) 11, Finnish Lapphunds 6, German Shepherd Dogs 16, Icelandic Sheepdogs 8, Norwegian Buhunds 5, Old English Sheepdogs 8, Pembroke Welsh Corgis 14, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs 10, Pulik 5, Pyrenean Shepherds 16, Shetland Sheepdogs 10, Swedish Vallhunds 2.

Entries by state:

Alaska 5, Alabama 17, Arizona 26, California 239, Colorado 39, Connecticut 115, Delaware 16, Florida 146, Georgia 67, Hawaii 9, Idaho 6, Illinois 67, Indiana 35, Iowa 9, Kansas 7, Kentucky 30, Louisiana 20, Maine 17, Maryland 85, Massachusetts 100, Michigan 84, Minnesota 31, Mississippi 6, Missouri 18, Montana 1, Nebraska 16, Nevada 14, New Hampshire 32, New Jersey 191, New Mexico 11, New York 272, North Carolina 80, North Dakota 2, Ohio 121, Oklahoma 22, Oregon 13, Pennsylvania 211, Rhode Island 19, South Carolina 37, South Dakota 4, Tennessee 30, Texas 149, Utah 4, Vermont 10, Virginia 110, Washington 73, West Virginia 8, Wisconsin 48, Wyoming 2.

Others: District of Columbia 3, Puerto Rico 3; Canada 115, Mexico 5, Japan 2, Australia 1, Brazil 1, Chile 1, Columbia 1, Finland 1, Italy 1, Norway 1, Slovenia 1, Thailand 1, United Kingdom 1.

Junior Showmanship: 91

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Hotel Pennsylvania ‘Pawses’ During The Dog Days Of Summer
To Gear Up For The 2014 Westminster Dog Show


As host hotel for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is already gearing up to cater to the canine clientele for the 2014 event. The World’s Most ‘Pup-ular’ Hotel will once again be offering over the top treatment and is expecting this year to be better than ever.

The 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show takes place on February 10th and 11th, 2013 with only the Breed judging and benching at Piers 92/94. The Westminster Kennel Club has arranged shuttle buses to transport exhibitors and spectators directly from the Hotel Pennsylvania to Piers 92/94 throughout each day – visit www.hotelpenn.com for details. The Groups, Junior Showmanship Finals and important Best In Show will still be held at Madison Square Garden, directly across from New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania.

“While most might be relaxing during these dog days of summer, we’re taking a ‘paws’ to gear up for the VIP’s (Very Important Pooches),” said Jim Flynn, General Manager/All Dogs’ Best Friend at the Hotel. “Our perfect location and exclusive amenities are a treat for all Westminster hopefuls.”

New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is the only hotel for Westminster competitors and they know it. From ‘pup’tual Westminster wedding ceremonies to hosting an annual Pet Fashion Show, the 2012 Pet Friendly Hotel of the Year always goes the extra mile. To prepare for this special occasion, the property is planning to set up a variety of exclusive onsite daily events and amenities to coincide with the Show exclusively for guests, including:

- Direct shuttle bus service for Dog Show exhibitors and spectators from the Hotel to Piers 92/94 each day (courtesy of Westminster).
- Exclusive welcome package for Westminster guests.
- A live Westminster Kennel Club broadcast satellite feed from the Hotel’s Lobby.
- Hosting the largest in-door doggie spa in all of New York, the 1st In-Line, Inc. sponsored Green Room Salon, Spa and Canine Gym offers a variety of amenities for Show participants.
- Hosting “The Crown Jewels of Fashion and Rescue” 2014 New York Pet Fashion Show.
- Hosting a live three-hour radio broadcast of the popular pet show Talkin’ Pets with Jon Patch.
- Our exclusive on-site Doggie Concierge will be working hard to attend to all canine requirements.
- The Paw Mall, located at the Dog S’paw’, will feature all the latest accessories and gifts for both owners and pets to enjoy.
…and so much more! Visit www.hotelpenn.com for full details.

New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is offering unbeatable room rates for Westminster guests with dogs and those without dogs. To stay at the host hotel where all the Westminster Dog Show action happens, contact 212-736-5000 (locally), 800-223-8585 (toll-free) or visit www.hotelpenn.com today.


Westminster is the oldest, continuous sporting event in America, with the exception of the Kentucky Derby.  The Dog Show is the most prestigious of National Dog Shows and has been held every year despite power shortages, hazardous weather conditions, economic depressions and World Wars.

About New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania
Since 1919, New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania has been host to millions of visitors to Manhattan, more than any other hotel in the world. The hotel is one of only two hotels in Manhattan to earn the prestigious ENERGY STAR award, which exemplifies superior energy performance and efficiency. With 1,705 rooms and over 90,000 square feet of function and adjacent exhibit space, the hotel’s location on 7th Avenue at 33rd Street is conveniently located to the Midtown business district and within walking distance to many of Manhattan’s famed tourist attractions, including Times Square, the Theater District and the Empire State Building. Directly across from Penn Station and with most major subway lines within one block makes getting to and around Manhattan exceptionally easy. Reservations can be made on-line at www.hotelpenn.com or by calling 212-736-5000 or toll-free at 800-223-8585. The World’s Most Popular Hotel is a registered trademark of New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania.

"What position if any do you think AKC should take in the growing illegal use of people saying a dog is a service dog ? when in all too many cases they are not?"

Here is my reply. It's a little long, not sure if/how they will use it. I am anxious to see the other responses, too.

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The AKC should begin by lobbying the government agency responsible for ADA enforcement and encourage them to create a system that can provide proper identification and authorization for legitimate service dogs. I know and appreciate the challenges with that, but it can not go on the way that it is.

Separately or additionally, the ADA needs to clarify the rules and principles and issues pertaining to service dogs, and after it does, the AKC can help get that information out. This would include explaining the difference between service dogs (they have rights of access) and therapy dogs (they do not).

Next, the AKC can help the government shut down these bogus websites that offer service dog vests and IDs in exchange for a couple of dog treat box tops and a few bucks.

The AKC can help educate the people who work at the airport ticket counters and security checkpoints as to what might be happening. Let's emphasize sensitivity for legitimate service dogs and their humans, but let's weed out the base stealers.

The AKC can create an internal campaign discouraging dog show people from scamming their way into airplanes (a felony, by the way) to transport a dog to a dog show. Make everyone aware that this is a crime, that it is immoral and unethical, that it is an act that jeopardizes service dogs and their human partners, and that it does not reflect well on our sport and the people in it at a time that we need all the friends we can get. Let's talk about what service dogs mean to their people and that jeopardizing their work jeopardizes the safety, health, well-being and daily functionality of their humans. Building awareness about this can create some peer pressure, perhaps, and make someone think twice about getting on that airplane under phony premises.

Next, the AKC should work with the airlines to encourage them to provide realistic fees, services and safety for carrying our dogs.

Does it really have to come to this? Do we need to suggest that someone be stationed in the airport with a camera on dog show weekends? Flying your dog as a service dog when it is not a service dog is a disgusting practice. I know all the reasons that people use to justify it, and I don't dispute them. But to have that result in bringing your dog (or your client's dog) on an airplane as a service dog can not be tolerated. By the way, I put something on my Facebook page recently about this topic, and had a response that I have never experienced before, both in volume and in stridency. This does not reflect well on the dog show world.

The AKC mantra is that we are the dog's champion, and that "we" includes all of us in the sport and those dogs that we champion include service dogs.

And one more thing: please, if you are among those dog show people doing this, do not show up on one of my flights.

David Frei

Also see this story: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/they_re_licked_H9js6NfMXjSAbkkCYu97NI

David Frei is well-known to millions of television viewers as the longtime co-host of USA Network’s annual telecast of the popular Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

David has co-hosted the live Westminster coverage from New York’s Madison Square Garden since 1990. In connection with that role, he has made many appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Ellen, The View, Martha Stewart, Charlie Rose, and many more. His adventures with the Westminster Best In Show winners have taken him many places, including the White House and for a ride on a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He has been director of communications for the Westminster Kennel Club since 2003.

David also has been co-host on NBC of The National Dog Show on Thanksgiving Day since its inception in 2002, a telecast seen by about 20 million viewers every year.

His new book, Angel On A Leash, about his work and observations in the world of therapy dogs and his life in dogs, was released in November 2011.

A longtime breeder-owner-handler and judge in the world of purebred dogs, he has judged all over the world, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Denmark and China, and has also enjoyed much competitive success with his Afghan Hounds, Brittanys and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. His Ch. Stormhill’s Who’s Zoomin Who was the #1 Afghan in 1989 and retired as the top-winning female in the history of the breed.

But he is most proud of the wonderful work that his own dogs do as therapy dogs, regularly visiting patients and families at the Ronald McDonald House New York and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. His Brittanys, Teigh and Belle, who have recently passed, pioneered the practice in many places, and his Cavalier, Angel, and Brittany, Grace, are carrying on for them today.

With Westminster, David helped to create Angel On A Leash, a charitable activity supporting a therapy dog program at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian. Angel On A Leash has become an independent 501(c)(3) charity with David as president and CEO, and has expanded into a number of additional facilities across the country. The success of the program provided the inspiration for his new book of the same name.

David’s contributions to the world of dogs have been recognized by the Dog Writers Association of America in 2009 with its prestigious American Kennel Club Distinguished Service Award, and in 2010 by the World Dog Press Association with its Media Award.

He also does volunteer work with Transfiguration Church and School in New York’s Chinatown, and in 2006 was honored by the Transfiguration Education Association with a special award for “his loyal support of Transfiguration Schools and his dedication to philanthropic causes.” His work with Angel On A Leash and his own therapy dogs has been recognized by the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club with its prestigious Patricia L. Kanan award, and by a number of other organizations as well.

He is a past board member for Take The Lead, a dog show world charity that provides for people with life-threatening and financially devastating illnesses and injuries. He is a past board member of the Morris Animal Foundation, a member of the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Sports Council, and a past president of the Afghan Hound Club of America.

David is the co-author, with Mike Lingenfelter, of The Angel By My Side, a critically-acclaimed best seller about a heroic service dog, published in 2002 (www.angelbymyside.com) and the winner of two DWAA awards as best book of the year.

In 2004, he appeared in one of the final episodes of the HBO hit series, Sex And The City, playing a smitten dog show judge awarding a big win to Charlotte and her Cavalier (mostly to Charlotte).

Previously, he held public relations positions with the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and ABC-TV Sports in New York. A native of Oregon, he owned two very unique and popular sports bar restaurants in the Seattle area, as well as his own public relations agency, before moving to New York City in 2002. His wife, Cherilyn, is a certified Catholic chaplain and Director of Spiritual Care and Family Support at The Ronald McDonald House of New York City.

Visit www.westminsterkennelclub.org for more information on the show ...

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