With the Dog Days of Summer near, New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania
Offers Early Booking Special as it ‘Paw’pares for the 2019 Westminster Dog Show
October 2018. (New York City, NY)—Recognized as the host hotel for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show,New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is off and running as they begin planning for another successful year of hosting all canine hopefuls taking part in the 143rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show taking place on February 11th and 12th, 2019. As a Westminster Gold Star Partner, the World’s Most ‘Pup-ular’ Hotel will once again be offering exclusive services and amenities that make it the ‘Top Dog’ of hotels.
To help dog show competitors get a jump on bookings, the Hotel is offering a limited time ‘Dog Days of Summer’ Offer – guests that book by July 31st for next years Dog Show dates can save up to 50% off (non-refundable, non-cancellable, advance purchase required). This exclusive Dog Show special can be booked through hotelpenn.com.
The Groups, Junior Showmanship Finals and important Best In Show will be held at Madison Square Garden, directly across the street from Hotel Pennsylvania. Only the Breed judging and benching will take place at Piers 92/94. The Westminster Kennel Club has arranged exclusive shuttle buses to transport exhibitors, guests and spectators directly from Hotel Pennsylvania to Piers 92/94 throughout each day – visit www.hotelpenn.com for details.
“It’s never too early to get ready for the Westminster Dog Show, and we look forward to welcoming all Westminster VIP’s (Very Important Pooches) to New York,” said Gene Nicotra, General Manager/All Dogs’ Best Friend at New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania. “Our ‘paw’fect location and exclusive ‘paw’menities are a treat for Westminster hopefuls and fans alike.”
New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is the only hotel for Westminster competitors and they know it. From hosting ‘pup’tual Westminster wedding ceremonies to the annual star-studded Pet Fashion Show, the ‘Five-Paw’ hotel always goes the extra mile. To prepare for this special event, the hotel is setting up a variety of exclusive onsite events and amenities to coincide with the Show exclusively for guests, including:
- The exclusive Room To Groom S’paw’, the largest in-door doggie spa in all of New York, which offers canines everything they need to get ready for the Show: bathing tubs, dog grooming area, exercise/fitness area, and an in-house relieving area.
- Direct shuttle bus service exclusively for Dog Show exhibitors and spectators from the Hotel to Piers 92/94 each day (courtesy of Westminster).
- A welcome package and treats for Westminster guests.
- Exclusive Progressive Dog Club events.
- The 2019 New York Pet Fashion Show.
- A live three-hour radio broadcast of Talkin’ Pets with Jon Patch.
- Our exclusive on-site Doggie Concierge will be attending to all canine requirements (such as ‘pup’arazzi interviews and hotel tours).
…and so much more! Visit www.hotelpenn.com for full details.
New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is offering unbeatable room rates and packages for Westminster guests. Guests that book a 2019 WKC Dog Show stay in advance will enjoy savings of up to 50% off plus perks for their dog. Regular Dog Show rates start at $149 (non-refundable) for two adults and up to 4 dogs (includes potty area access) and $129 without pets (non-refundable). 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 1,700 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.
Emmy Award-Winning Journalist & Host Maria Menounos and Her Dog Whinnie Team up to Encourage Dog Owners to Join Purina’s #DogThanking Movement.
MARIA MENOUNOS, Emmy Award-winning journalist and host of Apple Podcast “Conversations with Maria”
In celebration of the National Dog Show Presented by Purina and the Thanksgiving holiday, Purina invites dog lovers across the nation to share why they are thankful for their pet, using #DogThanking and tagging @Purina. This November, Purina wants to recognize the four-legged friends who make our lives so special, especially those pets that act as service animals to veterans across the country.
From November 9-25, for every unique post shared on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram that includes @Purina and #DogThanking, Purina will donate $1 (up to $25,000) to Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s Pets and Vets program. This amazing program helps pair shelter pets with veterans coping with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, anxiety, and other service-related challenges as they transition back to civilian life following their service. Additionally, through Veterans Day, the Purina Dog Chow Service Dog Salute campaign is also paying tribute to our armed forces and the loyal dogs that serve them by sharing their stories and donating up to $500,000.
The National Dog Show will premiere on Thanksgiving Day on NBC at noon in all time zones. In its 17th year, the show celebrates man’s best friend and continues an established family holiday tradition. The show will crown one of America’s great dogs as its 2018 champion, bringing canine competition and entertainment to more than 20 million viewers. More than 2,000 dogs representing more than 175 breeds will vie for Best in Show honors. Beloved TV personality John O’Hurley, best known as “J. Peterman” on Seinfeld, will serve as show co-host, along with veteran dog show analyst David Frei. NBC sports commentator Mary Carillo will also be participating as a National Dog Show correspondent.
MORE ABOUT MARIA MENOUNOS:
As a journalist, Emmy Award Winner, Maria Menounos, holds the distinct honor of having conducted the only interview with the entire Obama family: an interview touted by ABC News as the top defining moments leading to Obama’s victory. Maria’s achievements have thus far set numerous like industry milestones. Her groundbreaking conversational style of reporting led her, at the age of 22, to become the youngest person ever to host “Entertainment Tonight.” She would go on to do the same for the “Today” show and “Nightly News" AND become the first person in the history of Hollywood to report for network news and star in a wide-release feature film. Currently, Maria hosts the leading female Apple Podcast, 'Conversations with Maria!’ Maria is also THE most viewed face in all of American cinema as Host and Producer of NCM's 'Noovie', the cinema pre-show seen daily, before each and every feature, on 70% of America's movie screens.
Event Date: March 4-5, 2017
Hosted by: The Kennel Club of Beverly Hills
Location: Fairplex in Pomona, California
Telecast Dates: April 16, 2017 8-10PM PT/ET USA Network
The Easter telecast will be taped and produced from the Saturday show.
Re-broadcasts: April 17 on USA Network and April 23 on NBC Times TBD
Talent: John O’Hurley (Host)
David Frei (Analyst)
Mary Carillo (Features and reporter)
Tara Lipinski (Features and Red Carpet Host)
Johnny Weir (Features and Red Carpet Host)
More stars: Stars from NBCUniversal Entertainment’s biggest television hits are expected to be on hand to share top billing with the beloved four-legged stars of this show.
Produced by NBC Sports, the same production team that produces the National Dog Show presented by Purina on Thanksgiving Day. USA Network produced the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for 25 years through 2016.
Tentative features for the broadcast: A number of features that depict dogs in Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Universal Studios:
- Handler Makeover
- Working dogs in Hollywood
- Dogs in Universal Studios themed sections
- Dogs shopping on Rodeo Drive
New format for Best in Show: Group winners will walk red carpet in “Fashion Show” finale
Charity partner: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Therapy Dog Program (www.chla.org). The Amerman Family Dog Therapy Program at CHLA will receive $1 from every ticket sale.
Social Media: Facebook Live with talent
Behind the scenes with Snapchat
Twitter Mirror on the Red Carpet
Digital: Show will have a robust digital website that will have full group video, behind the scenes clips, extra features and VOD offerings
About Dr. Liz Bales: Dr. Liz Bales, VMD, is a 16-year practicing veterinarian who, through her experience, has gained a special interest in the unique behavioral and wellness needs of cats, including feline behavior, nutrition and internal medicine. She is the founder of the Feline Environmental Enrichment Design Company (FEED Co.) and inventor of The NoBowl Feeding System. Dr. Bales is featured as an expert in feline medicine for the 2017 series Natural Pets TV - The Cat Edition, and in her Pet-X talk on the natural feeding behavior of cats. In print, Bales has contributed to Modern Cat Magazine, CatingtonPost.com and Cat Talk magazine, in addition to her own blog, TheCatvocate.com. Dr. Bales has been a guest speaker at The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and The University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
Talkin' Pets News
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
National Champion Beats Dogs from 49 States and Hundreds of International Competitors
Orlando, FL (Dec. 18, 2016) – GCHB CH Cordmaker Mister Blue Sky, a Puli known as “Preston” triumphed over nearly 5,000 dogs to earn a $50,000 cash prize and the title of Best in Show at the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin, held this weekend in Orlando, Fla. “Prestion,” owned by E. Charles & J. Beaudoin & L. Pitts & P. Kelly & S. Huebner of Raleigh, NC, was crowned “National Champion” by Best in Show judge Dr. Anthony DiNardo after a weekend of intense canine competition.
Combined with other weekend events including the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience Classic, and the Junior events, the overall show totals topped 7,000 entries, making this the largest dog event held in the United States since the AKC 1984 Centennial event and the largest dog show North America.
The AKC National Championship evening live stream is available for replay at www.akc.org, alongside on-demand coverage of the Bred-By Exhibitor groups, Junior Showmanship Finals, Best Miscellaneous, Agility and Obedience competitions. The show will be televised on the Hallmark Channel on January 23, 2017 6-9 PM ET/PT.
Reserve Best in Show and Group Winners
Reserve Best in Show:GCHP CH Belle Creek’s All I Care About Is Love, a Bichon Frise known as “Flynn,” owned by Patrina Odette & L. VanKeur & L. Carlton & L. Letsche of Plymouth, MI.
After winning Best of Breed competitions the following top dogs went on to win in their respective groups and compete for Best in Show:
Sporting: GCHS CH Clussexx Man Of Steel,a Clumber Spaniel known as “Angus,” owned by Clussexx Reg J Hubbard W & K Holbrook B Dowd of Bloomington, IN.
Hound: GCHP CH Sporting Fields Shameless,a Whippet known as “Brazen,” owned by Barbara Call, J. Cooney-Waterhouse, D. Butt and A. Giles of Wilmot, MN.
Working: GCHP CH Mephisto's Speak Of The Devil,a Boxer known as “Devlin,” owned by Mrs. Jack Billhardt & Sergio Tenenbaum of Canaan, CT.
Terrier: GCHS CH Taliesin Twice As Nice,a Norwich Terrier known as “Tanner,” owned by Lisa Sons & Jeff and Kim Sime of Homer Glen, IL.
Toy: GCHS CH Somerset Wynzall Hashtag,a Brussels Griffon known as “Newton,” owned by Keith Jacobson and Jo Ann Noffsinger of Seattle, WA.
Non-Sporting: GCHP CH Belle Creek’s All I Care About Is Love,a Bichon Frise known as “Flynn,” owned by Patrina Odette & L. VanKeur & L. Carlton & L. Letsche of Plymouth, MI.
Herding:GCHB CH Cordmaker Mister Blue Sky,a Puli known as “Preston,” owned by E. Charles & J. Beaudoin & L. Pitts & P. Kelly & S. Huebner of Raleigh, NC.
Other top dogs awarded during the two-day event included the following:
Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show
GCHG CH Hillwood Dassin Ouspenskaya,a Poodle known as “Maria,” owned by Ellen M. Charles & Joseph Vergnetti of Washington D.C. was awarded Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show.
AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals Best in Show
GCH CH Love That Jimmy Fallon CM,a Miniature American Shepherd known as “Jimmy,” owned by Jeanie Troyan McAdams & Dr. Douglas McAdams won the AKC National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) Finals Best in Show, prevailing over an invitation-only entry of 711 dogs.
Best in Miscellaneous Group
Sidekick's Amour De Bonami CM4,a Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen known as “Ace,” owned by Brent Humphrey & Corey Benedict of Howey-in-the-Hills, FL, won the Miscellaneous Breeds competition.
In the Junior Showmanship competition, for handlers from between 9 to 18 years of age, Lauren Marie Hull with her Great Pyrenees CH Patorama's Lay Down The Boogie was awarded the coveted title of Best Junior Handler, along with a $2,000 scholarship.
Agility and Obedience Competitions
The 2016 AKC Obedience Classic and the AKC Agility Invitational were held in conjunction with the AKC National Championship. The two events demonstrate the highest level of training and teamwork between dog and handler. Obedience and agility competitions for junior handlers were held for the sixth year, and an AKC Rally® Junior competition was held for the third year.
AKC Obedience Classic
Four obedience dogs and their owners – one dog/handler team in each of the four classes – were crowned at the AKC Obedience Classic, which brought together 248 dogs from across the country and beyond.
Placing first in their class (Novice, Open, Utility and Masters respectively) were:
- Novice: Powderhorn Brodie & Stand Back CD PCD BN JH,a Golden Retriever known as “Brodie,” owned by Barb and Bob Mina of Campobello, SC.
- Open: Augustus Treasured Serenity CDX BN RA NA,a Labrador Retriever known as “Grant,” owned by Mary Ann Flanagan of Glen Gardner, NJ.
- Utility: Henry Head Over Heels UD PCDX BN GN RE THDA CGC,an All American Dog known as “Henry,” owned by Kathryn Harvey of Apple Valley, MN.
- Masters: OTCH Rhumbline's Once In A Blue Moon UDX2 OM3 BN GN RE,a Labrador Retriever known as “Heart,” owned by Linda Brennan of Columbia, NJ.
- Beginner Novice: Emily Wagoner, Maximum Force, All American Dog
- Preferred Novice: Brittaney Allen, Allen's Ollie CD BN RN CGC, All American Dog
- Preferred Open: Emily Wagoner, Clarimond's Because I'M the Boss CDX BN RE CGCA, Belgian Tervuren
- 8” – MACH5 Brokenroad Code Name Tank MXB2 MJB2 MXF MFB TQX T2B RN (Tank),a Portuguese Podengo Pequeno owned and handled by Charlene Wiglesworth of Kalamazoo, MI.
- 12” – MACH12 Keebler's Elfin' Magic MXS4 MJS4 (Keebler),a Pembroke Welsh Corgi owned and handled by Roger O'Sullivan of Gahana, OH.
- 16” – Dora Doo Winslow AX AXJ OF (Dora),a Shetland Sheepdog owned and handled by Patricia Toro Sarraga of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
- 20” – MACH5 Marjo's Demon In The Ruff MXS2 MJG2 MXP2 MJP3 MJPB MXF MFS TQX T2B2 a Brittany owned and handled by Janice Brunner of Wellsville, PA.
- 24” – MACH7 Gliding High Du Volant MXC2 MJC2 MXF MFB TQX T2B (Glider),a Belgian Sheepdog owned and handled by Nici Parker of Santa Rosa Valley, CA.
- 8”- Kayangee Dorothy Parker MX MXJ (Dot),a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel handled by Anthony Rotelle
- 12”- Karmayne Playin With Matches MX MXJ (Fire),a Shetland Sheepdog handled by Natalie Spinsby
- 16”- Julian's Razor Lazzer MX MXB MXJ OF (Lazer),a Border Collie handled by Destiny Julian
- 20”- MACH Rival's Stitch In Time HIBS, HIAS, CD (Stitch),a Border Collie handled by Kai Macauley
- 24”- MACH Smokingold Vibrant Spark MX MXJ UD RE (Vibrant),a Golden Retriever handled by Avery Adams
- 12”- Rhapsody Enchanting Dart To The Finish Line (Dart),a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel handled by Aaliyah Watkins
- 16”- Martin's Lola II (Lola),an All American Dog handled by Tasha Martin
- 24”- Hunter Of The Meadow BN RN CGC (Hunter),a Labrador Retriever handled by Hayley Milliron
- Open Class Elite Division: Prospect, a Mixed breed owned by Shannon Taaffe (Score: 28'9")
- Open Class Master Division: Marsoc, a Belgian Malinois owned by Kathryn Schreiner (Score: 25'6")
- Open Class Senior Division: Fix, a Australian Shepherd owned by Jen Bunker (Score: 23')
- Open Class Junior Division: Olivia, an Old English Sheepdog owned by Stephanie Getter (Score: 17' 0)
- Open Class Novice Division: Daisy, a Golden Retriever owned by Sheila Cook (Score: 15' 2)
- Veteran Class Elite Division: Vhoebe, a Belgian Malinois owned by Lise Ann Strum (Score: 23'6")
- Veteran Class Master Division: Cody, a Mixed breed owned by Mindy Len(Score: 21')
- Veteran Class Senior Division: Wilson, a Labrador Retriever owned by Martha Veatch (Score: 20'9")
- Veteran Class Junior Division: Jake, a Belgian Malinois owned by Doran Lawrence (Score: 15'9")
- Veteran Class Novice Division: Sophia, a Boxer owned by Mindy Len (Score: 12')
- Lap Class Elite Division: Gerry, a Jagdterrier owned by Christopher Skinner-Bland (Score: 22'5")
- Lap Class Master Division: Keira, a English Cocker Spaniel owned by Shana Porter (Score: 17'6")
- Lap Class Senior Division: Kali, a Jagdterrier owned by William Burns (Score: 12'9")
- Lap Class Junior Division: Beatrice, a Border Terrier owned by Jessica Reddmann (Score: 10'7)
- Lap Class Novice Division: Raz, a Pomeranian owned by Katy Chadwick (Score: 5'2")
- Air Retrieve Open Class Elite Division: Reese, a German Shorthaired Pointer owned by Tammy Strassenberg (Score: 22')
- Air Retrieve Open Class Master Division: Storie, a Labrador Retriever owned by Ronalee McKnight (Score: 21')
- Air Retrieve Open Class Senior Division: Sora, a Dutch Shepherd owned by Chad Taylor (Score: 19')
- Air Retrieve Lap Class: Gerry, a Jagdterrier owned by Christopher Skinner-Bland (Score: 15')
- Junior (under 17 yrs old) Handler: Duke, a Belgian Malinois owned by Zak Filler (Score: 25')
AKC Juniors Obedience/Rally Classic
Juniors who participated in the AKC Juniors Classic competed in Obedience and/or AKC Rally®.
In Obedience, Juniors competed in the Beginner Novice, Preferred Novice and Preferred Open classes twice, based on their AKC obedience accomplishments.
Placing first in their class were:
In AKC Rally®, Juniors competed in Rally Novice, Rally Advanced or Rally Excellent, based on the dog’s class eligibility (qualifying scores and/or titles earned).
Placing first in their class were:
- Rally Novice: Breanna Durham, Nike D The Perfect Fit For Me CDX PCD GN RN, Australian Shepherd
- Rally Advanced: Avery Adams, Wyndspell Fireworks CD AX AXJ, Border Collie
- Rally Excellent: Kaitlyn Scripko, Hidden Valley Black Ty Affair UDX OM2 RE HT MX MXB MXJ MJB MXF T2B, Border Collie
AKC Agility Invitational
Five agility dogs and their owners – one dog/handler team in each of the five height categories – were crowned as the 2016 winners of the AKC Agility Invitational, which brought together 700 dogs from across the country and beyond.
Placing first in their height division (8", 12", 16", 20" and 24" respectively) were:
AKC Juniors Agility Competition
Juniors who participated in the AKC Juniors Agility Competition competed in either the Junior Excellent or Superior Classes, depending on whether they had achieved an agility title.
Placing first in their height division (8", 12", 16", 20" and 24" respectively) in the Junior Excellent class were:
Placing first in their height division (12”, 16" and 24" respectively) in the Junior Superior class were:
North America Diving Dogs/AKC National Championship.
A record entry of more than 700 dogs entered the NADD/AKC National Championship.
The Championship winners include:
AKC Breeder of the Year
Alan Kalter and Dr. Chris Lezotte were presented with the 2016 AKC Breeder of the Year Award for their HappyLegs Bullmastiffs at the AKC National Championship on Saturday, December 17, 2016. The annual award honors breeders who have made an impact on their breed and dedicated their lives to improving the health, temperament and quality of purebred dogs.
AKC Meet the Breeds®
The Rhodesian Ridgeback booth wonAKC Meet the Breeds® Best Booth in Show.
Click here to download images and video from the AKC National Championship.
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