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Lisa has embraced the sport of purebred dogs for nearly 25 years as an owner/breeder/ handler of Norwegian Elkhounds. As a former journalist, Lisa regularly speaks to the media as an expert on purebred dog breeding and canine legislation as well as helps AKC clubs develop their own PR strategies.

Media Appearances:
  • NBC's Today Show – multiple appearances
  • Fox News Channel – The Big Story, The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News Live.
  • Martha Stewart Radio, NPR, GMA Radio
  • Quoted Expert in New York Times, USA Today

DOGNY: America's Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs

People around the world were touched by the loyalty and resolve of the Search and Rescue Dogs who worked tirelessly to recover victims of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. In the aftermath of the attacks, the American Kennel Club coordinated efforts to assist the SAR handlers and dogs at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

In a continuing commemoration of the heroism of those SAR teams, the AKC established The American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery Corporation Canine Support and Relief Fund, a charitable fund to support professional and volunteer canine search and rescue organizations throughout the United States. The fund was launched with DOGNY, America's Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs, a hugely successful public art initiative. We encourage you to explore these pages to learn more about DOGNY and the dogs and handlers it honors.

 

January 15, 2010

Dear Dog Lover,

We are pleased to inform you of a decision made by the AKC Board at the January 11, 2010 meeting, which will enhance the AKC Canine Partners program. This exciting new program allows mixed breed dog owners to list their dogs and participate in AKC Agility, Obedience and Rally events starting April 1, 2010.

While each club’s participation in the AKC Canine Partners program will remain voluntary, clubs may now choose to allow mixed breed participation at any AKC Agility, Obedience or Rally event. Mixed breeds will compete in the same classes and earn the same titles as their purebred counterparts.

This decision was made following a lengthy discussion and review of feedback from enrollees, delegates, clubs, show and trial chairpersons, current purebred exhibitors and potential mixed-breed exhibitors, prompting a reevaluation of the current program. AKC staff took into consideration the prior feedback received from the AKC Delegate body about the program and contacted each individual member of the AKC Delegates Committee for Obedience, Tracking and Agility and others regarding this feedback.

After taking into consideration staff recommendations; compelling feedback from dog owners, clubs and fanciers; and the long lead time for event applications, AKC decided it was best to move quickly and change the program format so a majority of clubs would have the option to take advantage of the opportunity to allow mixed breeds to compete in existing Agility, Obedience and Rally events beginning April 1, 2010.

This positive step forward for AKC and dog owners enables us to share our passion for dogs and our commitment to responsible dog ownership with an even greater audience. It will simplify the planning and management of club events, while benefiting mixed breed dog owners by giving them more opportunities to participate in events in their local areas.

Please contact AKC Canine Partners if you have any questions or comments you would like to share. Email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Owners looking for an extra edge can visit Annie Germani, the pet psychic working in the Hotel Pennsylvania’s conference room. She said she charges $1 per minute for a reading and claims to have predicted the Best in Show victory by a dog named Uno in 2008.

But while Ms. Germani touts her powers of prophecy, she prefers to remain vague when giving readings. “Why ruin the surprise?” she asks.

One of the most famous animal trainers in the country shows how anyone can turn their beloved pet into a disciplined, well-behaved superstar.

When Hollywood stars need to train their pets, they call Bash Ditbra. He's taught good manners to dogs owned by Sarah Jessica Parker, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, and many others. Even Rags, the canine star of Spin City, owes his fame to the coaching of Bash. In this book, he offers readers the same training tips he gives to celebrity clients. Presenting simple techniques adapted from his StarPet Workshops, the author makes it possible to turn the laziest hound dog into a companion who will sit up and beg, roll over and play dead, carry objects, and speak on cue. With simple, easy-to-follow instructions for t1rstytime owners, StarPet is the key to teaching four-legged friends how to behave just like the prime-time pooches and felicitous felines that Bash works with for network television.

Bash Dibra is the author of five bestselling books on responsible pet ownership and has made appearances on countless television shows. His own pets are celebrities themselves, featured in motion pictures, television commercials. and print ads.

Who is this Josh Dean?  I am a magazine writer who resides in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, having fled the concrete and taxis of Manhattan for the greener pastures across the East River after the better part of a decade on the island. For many years, I was an editor at various magazines, most recently Men's Journal, where I was deputy editor. I left in 2004 to write full-time. Over the years, I have written for dozens of national magazines including Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, GQ, Travel + Leisure, Outside, New York, Entertainment Weekly, Inc., Fast Company, Spin, Golf, Men's Health, Runner's World, Budget Travel and Cosmopolitan, where I gave women questionable relationship advice for nearly two years. I am also one of the founding editors of PLAY, The New York Times Sports Magazine, and worked on that brilliant but short-lived project from its magical conception in the fall of 2005 until its untimely demise in late 2008, in the early days of print publishing's Ice Age. I was a contributing editor for Best Life for three years, writing about cars on a monthly basis and other subjects with less regularity, until that magazine was euthanized by Rodale in March of 2009. I achieved international reknown as a member of the US elephant polo team, which competed in the 2008 Elephant Polo World Championships, in Nepal. But you probably knew that already. To prove that I have at least part of a foot in this century, and that I can write for things that are not actually printed on paper -- and also to validate my obsession with international soccer -- I blogged the World Cup for New York Magazine. I'm currently working on my first book, SHOW DOG, which will be published by HarperCollins/IT Books in February of 2012, and also trying to get a handle on how to ensure that my first child, Charlie, becomes an international sports star. I am represented by Daniel Greenberg of the Levine Greenberg Agency.  Author of the new book - SHOW DOG

The Pennsylvania Hotel is a huge hotel spanning an entire city block between 32nd and 33rd Streets, priced for budget travelers. With over 1,700 rooms, you can expect to meet people from all over the world here. And for the price, it is doubtless one of the better New York hotel values.

As for location, the Pennsylvania is ideal for tourists and visitors on a budget. Located in the Garment District of Midtown Manhattan, the hotel is across the street from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, four long avenues away from the Jacob Javits Convention Center, and just ten blocks south of Times Square. There is easy access to many subway lines and great transportation options to and from the three airports from here, especially Newark airport via AirTrain.

The hotel's renowned Cafe Rouge Ballroom has played host to many of the Big Band Era's greats, including the Dorsey Brothers, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra - who forever immortalized the hotel and its phone number in the 1940 hit "Pennsylvania 6-5000". Indeed, New York's Hotel Pennsylvania has had the same phone number since 1919.

The hotel does have a small fitness center. However, if you are serious about your exercise you will want to use the Bally's Sports Club, a private fitness center located just next door. The Club offers five floors of state-of-the-art fitness equipment and an Olympic size indoor swimming pool. Guests of the hotel are offered half-price discount admission on a daily basis.

For those of you with furry friends, the Pennsylvania is one of the more pet-friendly hotels you will find. The property offers year-round "pet friendly" accommodations and services to make your pets feel like the Pennsylvania is their "home away from home". The Hotel is no stranger to hosting pets -- it is recognized as the host hotel for the Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

And finally, for those on a budget, there are plenty of inexpensive dining options nearby, whether diners, chain restaurants, or the big Whole Foods Market just eight blocks down Seventh Avenue.


Guestroom Features
Hairdryer
Iron/Ironing board
Cable TV
In-room Pay-Per-View movies
Telephone with voice mail and message alert
AM/FM clock radio
Rollaway Bed (upon request)
Baby Crib (upon request)

Other Conveniences
High-speed wireless Internet in Main Lobby & common spaces (with fee)
Sight-seeing, theater, and travel reservations desk
Valet parking (fee)
24-hour business center: computers with High Speed Internet, printer
Complimentary in-house fitness center equipped with cardio and weight machines
Discounted day pass to Bally's Fitness Center: five floors of state-of-the-art fitness equipment and an Olympic-sized pool, right next door
24-hour coffee shop
24-hour newsstand
Lindy's Restaurant off the Main Lobby

Penn 5000 Club Rooms Additional Conveniences
In-room high-speed Internet (with fee)
Mini refrigerator
Work station with ergonomic chair and cordless speaker phone
Flat screen TV
FM/AM radio alarm with MP3 connect
Complimentary access to the Penn 5000 Club lounge, featuring daily continental breakfast, 24-hour coffee/tea service, computers with complimentary high-speed Internet and daily newspaper

The Westminster Kennel Club 136th Annual Dog Show

Monday and Tuesday, February 13-14, 2012
Madison Square Garden
Pennsylvania Plaza
Seventh to Eighth Avenues and 31st to 33rd Streets
New York, New York

America's First and Only Champions Only Dog Show Entry limited to 2,000 dogs

Individual breed judging will take place each day between the hours of 8:00AM and 6PM.

All Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding breeds and varieties will be judged on Monday, with

Groups

judged on Monday evening.

All Sporting, Working, and Terrier breeds and varieties will be judged on Tuesday, with

Groups

judged on Tuesday evening.

Best In Show

will also be judged on Tuesday evening.

All Junior Showmanship preliminaries will be judged on Monday afternoon, with the finals to be held at 7:30PM on Tuesday evening.



Broadcast Information

The Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding group competition will be televised live Monday on USA Network from 8-9 PM ET and continuing on CNBC from 9-11 PM ET. The Sporting, Working, Terrier, and Best In Show competition will be televised live Tuesday on USA Network from 8-11 PM ET.

Breed judging highlight videos are available throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday on the Westminster Web site. These highlights will be available after the show, as well.

To our West Coast viewers: Please note that the West Coast telecast is delayed for your time zone. Since results are posted to our Web site as they occur live, if you want to enjoy the drama of the moment, please avoid the Westminster Web site after 5 p.m. Pacific Time on each evening.

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Westminster Facts and Figures

  • The Westminster Kennel Club was established in 1877, making it America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.

  • First held in 1877, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is America's second-longest continuously held sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby..

  • Westminster pre-dates the invention of the light bulb and the automobile, the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Washington Monument, the invention of basketball and the establishment of the World Series.

  • Since Westminster held its first show 133 years ago, there have been 25 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.

  • The first telecast of Westminster was in 1948, three years before "I Love Lucy" premiered.

  • In 2005, streaming video with same day coverage of breed judging highlights was made available for the first time on the Westminster web site (www.westminsterkennelclub.org). It was an immediate and huge hit.

  • A portion of the proceeds from Westminster's first show in 1877 was donated to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to establish a home for stray and disabled animals.

  • The Empire State Building first honored Westminster by lighting its tower in the Westminster colors of purple and gold in 2004 and will do so again in 2012.

  • There have been a total of 301,650 dogs entered in Westminster's 134 shows through 2011

  • Through the 2011 show, there have been 1,705 judges who have officiated at least once at Westminster, some as many as 23 times, at Westminster.

  • Two dogs have won Best In Show at both Westminster and Crufts in Birmingham, England, each of them winning at the English show before coming to the America: the Lakeland Terrier, Ch. Stingray of Derryabah (Crufts 1967, WKC 1968) and the Kerry Blue Terrier, Ch. Torums Scarf Michael (Crufts 2000, WKC 2003).

  • Only one time has the offspring of a Best In Show winner duplicated the feat. In 2000, the English Springer Spaniel Ch. Salilyn N' Erin's Shameless repeated the 1993 BIS accomplishment of her sire, Ch. Salilyn's Condor.

  • Two Best In Show winners, Norwich Terriers, had the same sire: 1994's Ch. Chidley's Willum the Conqueror and 1998's Ch. Fairewood Frolic were offspring (half brother/sister) of Ch. Royal Rock Don of Chidley

  • The Papillon, Ch. Loteki Supernatural Being ("Kirby"), is the only dog to capture Best In Show at the World Dog Show (1998 in Helsinki) and Best In Show at Westminster (1999).

  • In 2009, Ch. Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee, a Sussex Spaniel, became the oldest dog to capture Best In Show at 10 years, 2 months and 9 days of age in 2009. The youngest winner was the Rough Collie, Laund Loyalty of Bellhaven, who captured the award in 1929 at the age of exactly 9 months.

  • Westminster was established in 1877, pre-dating the founding of the governing body of the sport, the American Kennel Club, which was established in 1884.

  • In 1884, The Westminster Kennel Club became the first member of the American Kennel Club.

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