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RALEIGH, NC (3/14/18) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (AKC CHF) and the V Foundation for Cancer Research announce a collaboration to fund cancer research for dogs that may also benefit people.

In an area of research known as “Comparative Oncology”, the two national organizations find they speak the same language. Comparative Oncology is the discipline that integrates naturally occurring cancers in dogs into broader studies of cancer biology and therapy. Since dogs and people get many of the same cancers, the AKC CHF and the V Foundation have teamed up to fund research in this field to benefit both species.

One of the cancers that occurs in both dogs and people is bladder cancer. Bladder cancer affects approximately 40,000 dogs and 79,000 people a year. The first project the AKC CHF and the V Foundation is jointly funding will test a new, targeted immunotherapy against a specific gene mutation that occurs in bladder cancer. Nicola Mason, BVetMed, PhD, a veterinary researcher at the University of Pennsylvania will lead the research team in this clinical trial entitled, “Immune Targeting of the V600E B-Raf Neoantigen in Canine Urothelial Carcinoma”.

“The V Foundation is excited about this partnership with the AKC CHF. Our funding of research in Comparative Oncology represents our belief that this work benefits humans and dogs alike. We are honored to co-fund this grant in memory of David Kane,” said Susan Braun, CEO of the V Foundation.

According to Dr. Diane Brown, CEO of the AKC CHF, “As veterinarians, we are trained to understand disease processes across species and have a clear understanding of the field of Comparative Oncology and comparative medicine. What is important now is to see human medicine working closely with veterinary medicine to benefit all species, and in this case, dogs and humans. We are thrilled to work with the V Foundation to lead in this area of research for a new cancer vaccine. Together we are stronger, and joining forces for bladder cancer research just makes sense.”

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About the AKC Canine Health Foundation

Since 1995, the Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs and their people. The Foundation has awarded more than $40 million in research grants for the health of dogs, and works to prevent, treat and cure diseases that impact all dogs, while providing professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. Take action because you care; find out more online at www.akcchf.org.

About the V Foundation for Cancer Research
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State University basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, the Foundation has funded more than $200 million in cancer research grants nationwide. The V Foundation awards 100% of direct donations to cancer research and programs. The V Foundation’s endowment covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on the V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.


New program: Young Writers on the Web

DWAA is excited to encourage the next generation of writers with a new program called Young Writers on the Web. Writers who are under 18 years old are encouraged to submit stories about dogs for possible publication on a special section of the DWAA website, and potentially in our newsletter Ruff Drafts as space allows.

We’re thrilled that experienced journalist and editor Mara Bovsun, features editor at AKC Family Dog, will edit submissions and work with young writers to help polish their work for publication. The chance to work with a professional of Mara’s caliber is a fantastic opportunity for budding writers!

Articles published by the program will be eligible as entries for DWAA’s annual writing competition. This is great news since Karen Petit, a prolific author of children’s books, sponsors a special award just for writers under 18 years old. It’s a wonderful chance to receive recognition and win $400!


DWAA Junior Writer Award

Sponsored by Karen Petit, an author of children’s books, for writers under 18 years of age. This award is to recognize and encourage young writers who exhibit talent, resourcefulness, dedication and integrity in their writing about dogs and dog-related topics. Award: $400 cash grant, DWAA Maxwell Medallion and lapel pin.

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Young Writers on the Web

How Canine Hip Dysplasia May Unlock the Mysteries of Human DDH

Modern medicine is increasingly turning to pets for answers, and when it comes to understanding the poor development of hips prone to dislocation, dogs may play an important part to gaining further insight. A December 2017 study in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research positioned canine hip dysplasia (CHD) as a model to help scientists better understand developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) in humans. Here's what you need to know:

What Is Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD)?

Canine hip dysplasia, or CHD, is a condition where a dog's hips are improperly developed. It causes the hip to get loose and deteriorate as your dog ages. It's a hereditary condition that's common in large breed dogs, too. Dog breeds that are prone to this condition include German Shepherds, Labrador retrievers, Great Danes, Irish Setters, and St. Bernards. However, small and medium-sized dogs can experience CHD, too. External factors, such as the weight of your dog, his diet, and excessive growth, impact CHD.

How CHD Is Treated

There are a number of treatments that can help manage pain and other ailments that come along with canine hip dysplasia. For example, your pet can receive physical therapy and surgery to correct CHD. You can also use discount pet medication, including the Carprofen Caplets, offered via reputable online pet pharmacies and medication suppliers, such as Allivet.

What Is Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) in Humans and How Is It Treated?

Developmental dysplasia of the hip in humans is a condition that is most commonly identified during birth and can also develop during the first year of a person's life. It involves an improperly developed hip joint, which can lead to a dislocated, dislocatable, or loose hip. It's also linked to pain in the hip and secondary osteoarthritis or OA. It also can limit your movements.

This condition can be treated non-surgically by repositioning the thigh bone with a special harness. However, surgery is often necessary the older a DDH patient gets or if the repositioning of the thighbone is unsuccessful. While surgery has certainly improved the results of the condition over the last 10 years, scientists still lack a full understanding of the causes and effects of the condition, the diseases common behaviors, and how changes in cells' and tissues' mechanical properties and physical forces play a role in the development of DDH.

How CHD and DDH Link

Scientists believe that by studying CHD, they can find an answer to not only the specific paths of that start the degeneration of hip joints of those with DDH but also plausible alternative treatments. Links between CHD and DDH provide insight. Here are some commonalities between both diseases:

  • Both are hereditary and Pre-OA. Just as CHD is hereditary, DDH also is likely to run in families. Also, if CHD is not treated, it can progress into OA, similar to how untreated DDH can progress into secondary OA.
  • CHD and DDH approaches to treatment share similarities. The approach to treating CHD and DDH is similar. Both humans and dogs can modify their diet and movement to better manage the condition. Surgery is also an option for both dogs and humans.
  • Weight plays an important role. Treating DDH by managing weight is similar to the treatment of CHD. That's because extra weight adds extra pressure on the joint in the case of both dogs and people. Losing weight can help reduce this pressure and the discomfort that comes along with it.

Turning to Your Pet for Answers

Looking to your family history for answers to current conditions and diseases may not be the only option to unlocking life's mysteries of modern science. Modern science is turning to your pet. Using CHD as a model and understanding CHD it may uncover valuable insight that leads to better treatment options in DDH.

Lannie, writer for Allivet. Allivet provides affordable pet supplies and pet medications, all of which can be purchased online. Listed below are some helpful resources referenced in the article that can provide some guidance for those looking for helpful information on pet supplies & medication:


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Funny and Full of Business Savvy Advice,
The Pet Sitter’s Tale is Currently Available on Amazon





Los Angeles(November 20, 2017) – Laura Vorreyer releases her book, “The Pet Sitter’s Tale,” (AuthorHouse) which was fifteen years in the making. Now available on Amazon, AuthorHouse.com and through Barnes & Noble’s website, this collection of short stories was gathered throughout Laura’s years with the company she built herself, Your Dog’s Best Friend. The book is filled with laugh-out-loud anecdotes and practical business advice.

With an impossibly determined and dogged will, Laura moved from Chicago to Los Angeles to become a make-up artist in the film and television industry. Knowing nobody in the city and with no road map to success, she stumbled upon her true passion of pet-sitting in the most hilarious and Hollywood-style manner.

“The Pet Sitter’s Tale” paints a vivid picture of what it’s like to witness, and be a willing participant of, the pampered life of a celebrity’s dog. Laura is always compassionate and understanding of the eccentricities of pet-parents as she tells her tales of overly-protective, dog-obsessed clients. She also adds helpful business advice as she recounts stories about the tough task of hiring good people in wacky Hollywood.

Each chapter in “The Pet Sitter’s Tale” begins with an introductory photo of an actual canine client, in order to highlight just exactly why they inspire such loyalty.

About her road to her career, Laura explains, “I have been many other things, but none as satisfying or rewarding as a caretaker for other living creatures.” Anybody who has loved a four-legged furry family member can relate and will laugh and cry along with Laura’s compilation of stories of her fifteen years in business.

About “The Pet Sitter’s Tale”

From the time she was a young girl growing up in Chicago to unintentionally becoming a professional pet sitter in Los Angeles, “The Pet Sitter’s Tale” is Laura Vorreyer’s collection of stories about her love affair with pets. Each story is infused with her unique sense of humor and observations about the foibles and adventures of furry children and their human counterparts.

Filling multiple roles as animal expert, companion, therapist, and friend, Laura muses over her client’s pet obsessions while always lending a compassionate ear. Both poignant and humorous, “The Pet Sitter’s Tale” will amuse anyone who’s ever had their heartstrings tugged by a cute pet.


About Laura Vorreyer

Laura Vorreyer is an entrepreneur, who pioneered the dog walking industry, and author. She is the owner of Your Dog’s Best Friend, a premier dog walking and pet-sitting business in Los Angeles. Laura is also a passionate advocate for animal rights and is dedicated to pet rescue. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son and their dog, Dexter.

About AuthorHouse:
AuthorHouse is the leading provider of supported self-publishing services for authors around the globe, with over 90,000 titles released.

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The executive director of Clean Label Project, Jaclyn Bowen, MPH, MS will comment on the recent discovery of pentobarbital — the barbiturate euthanasia drug used to kill animals by veterinarians and animal shelters — in Gravy Train Dog Food products.
Results for 99 pet foods that were tested for pentobarbital have been published on its website today at cleanlabelproject.org
In 2017, Clean Label Project released a study after testing nearly 1,000 of the bestselling pet food products for 130+ environmental and industrial contaminants including heavy metals, BPA, pesticides, and other toxins. The results revealed high levels of lead (up to 5,450 PPB), arsenic (up to 5,550 PPB), cadmium (up to 3,512 PPB) and other toxins.
All of the blind data from the individual tests is published here: cleanlabelproject.org/pet-food-heavy-metals-blinded-raw-data/
All of the products tested are also rated via a 5-star rating system and readily available at cleanlabelproject.org.


David Frei to be Inducted into the DWAA Hall of Fame

Iconic dog show host and award-winning author receives highest honor

(New York, NY – December 6, 2017) – The Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) has selected David Frei as the 2017 Hall of Fame Inductee for outstanding contributions to the field. He will accept the award on February 10, 2018 at the DWAA Awards Banquet at the Hotel New Yorker in Manhattan.

“I am truly humbled by this honor given to me by my peers and colleagues and friends,” Frei said. “To be a part of this collection of great and talented people who are already inductees is truly special. I know that I share with them the great fortune of having wonderful dogs making my life better every single day. I thank the Dog Writers Association of America for including me.”

Being inducted into the DWAA Hall of Fame is the latest of Frei’s many career accomplishments. New York Magazine once called David Frei "probably the most famous human in the world of canines.”

As the co-host of NBC’s National Dog Show Presented by Purina since its inception in 2002, David is seen every Thanksgiving Day by the largest TV audience for any dog show – more than 25 million viewers in 2017. It is the same role that he perfected in 27 years as the longtime (1990-2016) co-host of USA Network’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. He has now added to his duties with NBC/USA as co-host of the Beverly Hills Dog Show, which debuted on Easter in 2017.

Being America’s “dog guy” has brought him many appearances on network television, including "Today," “NBC Nightly News,” "Good Morning America," "Fox & Friends," "The View”, Martha Stewart," and more. The dogs have taken him to the White House for a visit with the President, for a ride on a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, to throw out the first pitch at two Major League Baseball games, to a role on HBO’s “Sex And The City” and even to an appearance as a pastry judge on the Food Network’s “Best In Show” competition.

A breeder-owner-handler and judge in the world of purebred dogs for more than 40 years, he has enjoyed much competitive success with his Afghan Hounds, Brittanys and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. His dog, Ch. Stormhill’s Who’s Zoomin’ Who, was the top Afghan Hound in the country in 1989 and retired as the top-winning female in the history of the breed. As a judge, he has officiated at shows in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Denmark and China. 

But David’s true passion comes from the work that his dogs have been doing as therapy dogs at places such as the Ronald McDonald House and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York (where his Brittanys, Teigh and Belle, were the first therapy dogs ever allowed into these facilities), and at New York’s VA Medical Center. After Teigh and Belle passed, David’s Cavalier, Angel, and his Brittany, Grace, took over for them at many New York facilities.

While at Westminster, he created a charitable activity, Angel On A Leash, to support a therapy dog program at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Angel On A Leash later became an independent charity with him as founder and president, creating and advocating for therapy dog programs many places, expanding nationwide and receiving many honors for its wonderful accomplishments.

David’s second book, Angel On A Leash (named after the charity), is his view of his world of therapy dogs and his life in dogs, and was the 2012 winner of a Dog Writers Association of America’s Maxwell Award as best depiction of the human-animal bond. David was also the co-author, with Mike Lingenfelter, of The Angel By My Side in 2002. Also a DWAA Maxwell winner, it tells the story of Dakota, Mike’s heroic Golden Retriever service dog. David’s third book, about his years at Westminster, is underway.

He also served as director of communications for Westminster from 2003 to 2015, during which time he was recognized with awards from the DWAA (its AKC Distinguished Service Award), the World Dog Press Association, the Association of Purebred Dog Writers (the Stonehenge Award), and Purina (Better with Pets Award).   

Petside.com named him as the Pet Person of the Year in 2011, and in 2015, Dog Fancy magazine, in its final issue, included him in a retrospective, “45 People Who Changed the Dog World.”

He has been honored for his work with Angel On A Leash by the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, the ASPCA, the Pet Philanthropy Circle and a number of other organizations. He is a past board member for Take The Lead and Morris Animal Foundation, and a past member of the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Sports Council. He has also been recognized for his volunteer efforts with Transfiguration Church and School in New York’s Chinatown for many years.

A native of Eugene, Oregon, David lived in Seattle for 20 years where he owned two popular sports bar restaurants and his own PR agency. He then moved to New York City in 2002, working fulltime for the Westminster Kennel Club before moving to Cannon Beach, Oregon, in 2016, and now works as a consultant for NBC Sports. Previously, he held public relations positions with the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and ABC-TV Sports in New York. 

“David Frei is such an inspiration to the dog-writing community,” said Jen Reeder, DWAA’s president. “He is beloved not just by writers, but by dog lovers across the country and world. We’re thrilled to recognize him with our organization’s highest honor, which he so richly deserves.”

For more information, visit: dogwriters.org.

About DWAA

The Dog Writers Association of America is the most recognized professional writing association devoted to dogs. Founded in 1935, the DWAA has grown from eight founders to over 500 members, including journalists, authors, bloggers, publicists, photographers, illustrators and media personalities. Under the umbrella of the human-canine bond, members cover dog competitions, health, training, rescue, pet fashion, veterinary research, working dog organizations, animal welfare legislation, fundraisers and many other topics. For more information, visit: dogwriters.org.

Join LBWF As We Celebrate Our Founder & President
Linda Blair's Birthday!
Happy Birthday Linda
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 In Linda's Honor
Linda has made a huge difference in the lives of many and the LBWF team has started this fundraiser in honor of her birthday to celebrate a remarkable woman who has touched the lives of so many. Linda's birthday wish has been the same, to continue rescuing abandoned animals from the desert, home foreclosures, shelters and sadly emergency victims from natural disasters. Please help us give back to her and make her birthday wish come true.
Many have heard the stories of what inspired Linda to start rescuing and we know many may still wonder what is Linda Blair really like and what a day in the life of Linda Blair is like. As one of her volunteers I have been both privileged and honored to work with her side by side.  I will never forget the day I first stepped foot on the property of the LBWF Wellness Center. My mouth dropped open as I looked around. Linda calls it "design on a dime" but in reality it was designed with love. It is absolutely beautiful. You can't help but smile as you look around and see all these dogs celebrating their newfound freedom knowing they are safe in the hands of an angel.  There are a variety of dogs large and small, young to old at LBWF and they all have one thing in common; they are all really great dogs who receive an abundance of love. They are all very happy and quite entertaining. There are a lot of "zoomies" going on at LBWF. I was fortunate to also have met a few of the Katrina dogs that Linda personally rescued from Louisiana.
 When Linda says she works 24/7, 365 days a year she is not lying. I am a witness to this. Linda has no holidays, sick days, vacation days, or weekends. Even on her birthday I can guarantee she will put in a full day's work and then some. So for those that would like to know what Linda Blair is really like, the first thought that comes to mind is she is like the Energizer Bunny, she keeps going and going. She is compassionate, and determined. She has a heart of gold and she truly does want to make the world a better place for both people and animals. She is funny and highly intelligent. But what is truly amazing is to see the bond Linda has with the dogs. The love she has for them shines through her and that is when you know you are in the presence of an Angel on Earth. On her computer you will see thousands of pictures of all the dogs Linda has rescued throughout the years. She remembers every single dog's story and nothing warms her heart more than receiving updates on her dogs that were adopted. So if any of our adopters are reading this, please remember to keep in touch and update us with stories and pictures!  Linda has a special gift when it comes to animals and there is no doubt rescuing is Linda's calling.
Linda does not live an easy life. Within 10 minutes of her waking up her work day begins. Linda is actively involved in the day to day routine of caring for the dogs. That is usually enough work for one, but not for Linda. Along with caring for the dogs she also looks over each application that comes in for one of the dogs. She personally makes the phone calls and spends a great deal of time getting to know a potential adopter. She is an incredible matchmaker and her main priority is finding the perfect dog for the adopter and the perfect home for the dog. On the days when potential adopters come to meet the dogs, Linda meets with them, showing them a variety of dogs. When the perfect match is found, Linda then does the paper work and puts together the adoption packet. There are home checks that are done, dogs being delivered to their forever homes, shopping for supplies, dog food, and anything else needed for the dogs, phone calls to be made or returned, veterinarian appointments, freedom pictures and videos to be taken, dog postings to be done. This is a daily routine for Linda. Late at night, when she finally gets to sit down it isn't to watch TV or rest. This is the time she finally gets on the computer. Her email inbox is overwhelming to see. This is the sad part of rescue. The hundreds of emails from shelter networkers begging for help. These emails include videos and pictures of innocent animals whose lives are on the line through no fault of their own. It is heartbreaking to see. When Linda is not reading emails she is writing her posts for social media, and researching. Linda is very passionate about education, especially when it comes to cancer. Her passion is to teach others the information she has learned by working with the best nutrionalists. Linda's "Stamp Out Cancer" program works. I have seen the results. Linda has spoken many times about one of her founding dogs, Riley and through her research and program she was given the gift of more time with him. Riley was my buddy and I never would have known he had cancer if Linda didn't tell me. He would happily trot around in his yard, roll in the sunshine and he LOVED his pool. He enjoyed going for walks and he could out run me which I think he got a kick out of taking off running when we would go for walks together. He was very smart and curious. Many times I would be working on my laptop and Riley would watch, always sticking his head close to the computer to see what I was doing. I know without Linda's program I never would have met him.
 Linda is also very passionate about mandatory spaying/neutering, stopping puppy mills and shutting down backyard breeders. She attends meetings and speaks out publicly informing and educating along the way. She has fought against Breed Specific legislation, and her goal is to help change the laws regarding animal welfare.  Many weekends are spent traveling to different conventions around the world giving fans the opportunity to meet her, and she also uses it as an opportunity to educate nationwide. She truly cares about all animals in America and around the world. That is why she is always pushing "Emergency Preparedness" to inform people how to care and save animals from the high temperatures in the summer, storms, hurricanes and freezing temperatures in the winter. She wants to make sure this information is available to everyone.
2017 was not an easy year for anyone including Linda. Several emergency rescues were taken on by LBWF because of the fires. We also had several medical cases. Our emergency funds were depleted. Many of you have seen our Facebook posts showing the rescues. That is why we are holding this fundraiser. We want to give back to Linda. She works so hard and times have been rough. We have seen the stress, the worry and the discouragement in Linda's eyes but she fights through it and continues working and rescuing. She does this because she made a promise and she will never break a promise.  She is a force to reckon with.
Linda is truly an amazing woman. She is a mentor, and an inspiration. She is one of the strongest people I have ever met. She truly cares about people and animals. She is a true hero and I am honored to call her my friend. Linda has spent her entire life giving back to others. She has entertained the world for many years through her movies, traveled around the world meeting fans, she has given to numerous charities, and she has rescued dogs from so many shelters. Let us join together and give back to Linda for her birthday. No amount is too small, whether it is giving up one day's worth of coffee, or donating the price of a movie ticket. Any amount will help. Let's make this one of Linda's happiest birthdays ever by helping her to help the voiceless! She deserves it. To make a donation to Linda's birthday fundraiser please click the Donate button below.
Thank you all for taking the time to read this. 
Warm Regards,
The LBWF Team
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"Rescued is a wide-ranging and intensely moving meditation on sharing one's life with adopted dogs. Peter Zheutlin is one of the few journalists who have taken on the complex world of animal rescue and actually gotten it right."

—Bronwen Dickey, author of Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon
“Rescue a dog, and the dog will rescue you. I can vouch for that, and Peter Zheutlin does a lovely, moving job of exploring the subject. Rescued is a delightful read.”

—Dean Koontz, New York Times bestselling author


What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little Things

By Peter Zheutlin

While many of us have heard the “adopt don’t shop” expression, what most people don’t realize is just how vast the canine overpopulation problem is: 3.3 million new dogs enter U.S. animal shelters each year, at least 20% of which are euthanized[i] (these numbers are conservative when you start digging). There are an estimated 78 million pet dogs in the U.S[ii], yet less than a quarter are adopted from rescues and shelters. In his New York Times-bestselling book RESCUE ROAD, journalist Peter Zheutlin introduced us to Greg Mahle of Rescue Road Trips and the remarkable, heartwarming story of how one man (and many selfless volunteers) saved over thirty thousand hard-luck dogs from the South.

Peter Zheutlin’s new book RESCUED: What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little Things is a natural follow up to Rescue Road. Zheutlin interweaves heartwarming and humorous stories, lessons, and advice from countless families who have welcomed second-chance dogs into their homes and the transformative effect of these adoptions.Zheutlin captures the beautiful as well as the challenging moments that will resonate with any pet owner, such as:

  • Knowing the moment your dog feels “home,” as shared by Ronnie Stanley, a first round NFL draft pick for the Baltimore Ravens, who adopted Lila, a notoriously “hard-to-adopt” pit bull mix.
  • The new perspectives gained as a dog owner: “If I’m running late for work,” recounts Ericka Kofkin, whose pit bull Zosia only has two legs due to being run over by a train, “I can get grumbly at her slow progress. But then I turn around to check on her and see how hard she’s working and all the effort in her little face and instantly melt… She always acts like I’m giving her the greatest gift in the world.”
  • The many ways in which dogs can help comfort, support, and guide us: As wheelchair-bound Ellen Leigh notes of her service dog, “Ricky helps me with many tasks and gives me independence. He opens doors literally and figuratively. He touches people’s hearts and because of that, I make a connection with lots of people. It’s a wonderful, life-changing partnership. My doctors agree Ricky has improved my health and he’s renewed meaning and purpose in my life.”

Owning a dog, rescued or otherwise, “isn’t going to be one continuous Hallmark moment” – there will always be challenging behaviors, unexplained fears, and a love for rolling in poop and mud. But most importantly, these resilient dogs and their awe-inspiring stories help us put the trials and tribulations of our daily lives into perspective, helping us live every day with greater appreciation and gratitude.


PETER ZHEUTLIN is a freelance journalist and bestselling author, whose work appears regularly in major national publications, including The Boston Globe and The Christian Science Monitor. For more information, visit his website, www.peterzheutlin.com.

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What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon,

and Finding Joy in the Little Things

By Peter Zheutlin

On Sale October 3, 2017

TarcherPerigee Paperback | ISDN-13: 978-1-101-98285-3 | $16.00


[i] The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

[ii]APPA National Pet Owners Survey 2015-1026 by the American Pet Products Association


Multiple Telecasts on FOX, FS1 and Nat Geo WILD Highlight Westminster Week Events on February 11-13, 2018
New York, NY - The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show made its first appearance on television in 1948. To celebrate 70 years of sharing our passion for dogs with television audiences at home, Westminster along with its broadcast partner, FOX Sports, will air three consecutive days of expanded television coverage on three channels - FOX, FS1 and Nat Geo WILD. More than 3,200 dogs entered across three dog sports will entertain, enamor and excite dog lovers around the world.
Viewers will be able to tune into the FOX broadcast network for the first time to catch expanded coverage of the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster finals on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 from 2 pm to 4:30 pm EST. Daytime viewers will enjoy expanded select live coverage of the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and 3rd Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Nat Geo WILD on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 12-13, 2018 from 1 pm to 4 pm EST. The coveted Groups and Best in Show live telecast will continue on FS1 on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 8 pm to 11 pm EST.
For 2018, the dog show and obedience entries increased and 10 more agility entries will compete in the final round. The 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show reached its conformation entry limit of 2,800. There will be a total of 2,882 dogs at the show representing 2,919 entries which includes 95 junior showmanship qualifiers and 24 obedience teams in the 3rd Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. There are also 330 agility teams entered in the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.
NEW Channel / Expanded Agility Finals Coverage from Pier 94 on FOX
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 / 2 pm to 4:30 pm EST
It took a mere eight hours for the 330 invited agility dogs to fill the entry at the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster. But viewers of this fast-paced sport will have an additional half hour in the expanded telecast to watch dogs and handlers race against the clock over a challenging obstacle course. The finals also expanded from 10 to 12 finalists from each height division for a new total of 60 dogs in the Championship Round from where the Masters Agility Champion will emerge.
Expanded LIVE Coverage from Pier 94 on Nat Geo WILD
Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 12-13, 2018 / 1 pm to 4 pm EST
During the day, an extra hour of live selected daytime coverage on Nat Geo WILD from Pier 94 has been added to the telecast from 1 pm to 4 pm EST. Dogs from all 50 states, the most from the West Coast and beyond, with California (240), Alaska (7) and Hawaii (7) as well as 136 dogs from 16 other countries, including 102 from Canada will compete in breed competition at the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Selected live coverage of the 3rd Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Monday, Feb. 12, will feature dogs from 16 states, including Illinois (3) and Indiana (2), New York (2), South Carolina (2), Pennsylvania (2) and Tennessee (2). New this year, all handlers and dogs will compete in both the preliminary exercises and popular freestyle performance rounds to determine the 2018 Masters Obedience Champion.
LIVE from Madison Square Garden on FS1
Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 12-13, 2018 / 8 pm to 11 pm EST
The 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show evening group competitions will once again be telecast live on FS1 Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 12-13, 2018 from 8 pm to 11 pm EST. Viewers will see best of breed winners from among the 201 Breeds and Varieties entered. Seven group winners will vie for the coveted Best-in-Show moment at Madison Square Garden. Hounds, Toys, Non-Sporting, and Herding groups compete on Monday night. Working, Sporting, and Terrier groups as well as Best in Show will occur on Tuesday night.
Top Breeds By Sport
Dog Show Entries: Golden Retrievers (52), followed by French Bulldogs (48), Labrador Retrievers (46), Vizslas (45), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (43), Whippets (42), Australian Shepherds (37), Bernese Mountain Dogs (35), Doberman Pinschers (35), and German Shorthaired Pointers (34). Agility Entries: Border Collies (55), Shetland Sheepdogs (34), All-American Dogs (29), Golden Retrievers (18), Australian Shepherds (18), Poodles (18), and Papillons (15). Obedience Entries: Golden Retrievers (9), Border Collies (3) and Labrador Retrievers (3).
Meet & Compete: On Saturday, Feb. 10, the Meet & Compete event featuring the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the 9th Annual AKC Meet the Breeds® 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 150 dog and cat breeds and learn about responsible pet ownership. Information: For tickets to all events and the telecast and live streaming video schedules visit westminsterkennelclub.org.
All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan®.

The 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 12-13, 2018 / Pier 92/94 / Madison Square Garden
There are 2,882 dogs from 50 states and Washington D.C. with the most dogs from California (240), followed by New York (238), Pennsylvania (195), New Jersey (175), Florida (153), Virginia (135), Connecticut (128), Texas (121), Massachusetts (117), and Ohio (115). They include Junior Showmanship qualifiers (95) and 136 entries from 16 other countriestopped by Canada (102), Mexico (7), Japan (7), and Russia (5). The farthest entries are from Australia (1) and China (1).
Dog Show Breed Entries by Group

Sporting breeds (527): Brittanys (16), Lagotti Romagnoli (7), Pointers (17), Pointers (German Shorthaired) (34), Pointers (German Wirehaired) (7), Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay) (12), Retrievers (Curly-Coated) (7), Retrievers (Flat-Coated) (29), Retrievers (Golden) (52), Retrievers (Labrador) (46), Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) (21), Setters (English) (21), Setters (Gordon) (9), Setters (Irish) (22), Setters (Irish Red & White) (8), Spaniels (American Water) (2), Spaniels (Boykin) (3), Spaniels (Clumber) (3), Spaniels (Cocker) ASCOB (6), Spaniels (Cocker) Black (10), Spaniels (Cocker) Parti-Color (13), Spaniels (English Cocker) (18), Spaniels (English Springer) (30), Spaniels (Field) (12), Spaniels (Irish Water) (9), Spaniels (Sussex) (7), Spaniels (Welsh Springer) (13), Spinoni Italiani (12), Vizslas (45), Weimaraners (16), Wirehaired Pointing Griffons (13), Wirehaired Vizslas (7).
Hound breeds (409): Afghan Hounds (17), American English Coonhounds (2), American Foxhounds (7), Basenjis (19), Basset Hounds (11), Beagles (13") (7), Beagles (15") (20), Black and Tan Coonhounds (2), Bloodhounds (8), Bluetick Coonhounds (11), Borzois (19), Cirnechi dell'Etna (11), Dachshunds (Longhaired) (16), Dachshunds (Smooth) (18), Dachshunds (Wirehaired) (22), English Foxhounds (1), Greyhounds (14), Harriers (3), Ibizan Hounds (6), Irish Wolfhounds (11), Norwegian Elkhounds (8), Otterhounds (4), Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens (14), Pharaoh Hounds (15), Plotts (4), Portuguese Podengo Pequenos (17), Redbone Coonhounds (3), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (43), Salukis (19), Scottish Deerhounds (5), Sloughis (1), Treeing Walker Coonhounds (9), Whippets (42).
Working breeds (477): Akitas (12), Alaskan Malamutes (16), Anatolian Shepherd Dogs (4), Bernese Mountain Dogs (35), Black Russian Terriers (14), Boerboels (3), Boxers (17), Bullmastiffs (26), Cane Corsos (21), Doberman Pinschers (35), Dogues de Bordeaux (12), German Pinschers (12), Giant Schnauzers (12), Great Danes (28), Great Pyrenees (14), Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs (16), Komondorok (1), Kuvaszok (3), Leonbergers (16), Mastiffs (21), Neapolitan Mastiffs (5), Newfoundlands (17), Portuguese Water Dogs (18), Rottweilers (31), Samoyeds (26), Siberian Huskies (23), St. Bernards (8), Standard Schnauzers (20), Tibetan Mastiffs (11).
Terrier breeds (333): Airedale Terriers (23), American Hairless Terriers (8), American Staffordshire Terriers (8), Australian Terriers (12), Bedlington Terriers (9), Border Terriers (13), Bull Terriers (Colored) (3), Bull Terriers (White) (4), Cairn Terriers (12), Cesky Terriers (13), Dandie Dinmont Terriers (3), Fox Terriers (Smooth) (18), Fox Terriers (Wire) (12), Glen of Imaal Terriers (7), Irish Terriers (5), Kerry Blue Terriers (14), Lakeland Terriers (9), Manchester Terriers (Standard) (10), Miniature Bull Terriers (8), Miniature Schnauzers (26), Norfolk Terriers (4), Norwich Terriers (16), Parson Russell Terriers (7), Rat Terriers (17), Russell Terriers (13), Scottish Terriers (7), Sealyham Terriers (6), Skye Terriers (6), Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers (10), Staffordshire Bull Terriers (14), Welsh Terriers (4), West Highland White Terriers (12).
Toy breeds (373): Affenpinschers (9), Brussels Griffons (11), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (32), Chihuahuas (Long Coat) (23), Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) (18), Chinese Cresteds (31), English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles) (6), English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby) (8), Havanese (24), Italian Greyhounds (20), Japanese Chin (13), Maltese (14), Manchester Terriers (Toy) (7), Miniature Pinschers (12), Papillons (14), Pekingese (12), Pomeranians (24), Poodles (Toy) (10), Pugs (22), Shih Tzu (15), Silky Terriers (11), Toy Fox Terriers (12), Yorkshire Terriers (25).
Non-Sporting breeds (297): American Eskimo Dogs (12), Bichon Frises (12), Boston Terriers (16), Bulldogs (22), Chinese Shar-Pei (9), Chow Chows (10), Cotons de Tulear (8), Dalmatians (26), Finnish Spitz (5), French Bulldogs (48), Keeshonden (16), Lhasa Apsos (14), Lowchen (2), Norwegian Lundehunds (2), Poodles (Miniature) (9), Poodles (Standard) (25), Schipperkes (8), Shiba Inu (14), Tibetan Spaniels (12), Tibetan Terriers (16), Xoloitzcuintlis (11).
Herding breeds (384): Australian Cattle Dogs (15), Australian Shepherds (37), Bearded Collies (19), Beaucerons (8), Belgian Malinois (16), Belgian Sheepdogs (8), Belgian Tervuren (8), Bergamasco Sheepdogs (7), Berger Picards (19), Border Collies (12), Bouviers des Flandres (10), Briards (17), Canaan Dogs (2), Cardigan Welsh Corgis (24), Collies (Rough) (21), Collies (Smooth) (15), Entlebucher Mountain Dogs (6), Finnish Lapphunds (6), German Shepherd Dogs (14), Icelandic Sheepdogs (7), Miniature American Shepherds (19), Norwegian Buhunds (7), Old English Sheepdogs (10), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (21), Polish Lowland Sheepdogs (13), Pulik (3), Pumik (10), Pyrenean Shepherds (6), Shetland Sheepdogs (11), Spanish Water Dogs (8), Swedish Vallhunds (5).
Dog Show Entries by Location
States (50):Alaska (7), Alabama (14), Arkansas (3), Arizona (26), California (240), Colorado (47), Connecticut (128), Delaware (14), Florida (153), Georgia (54), Hawaii (7), Idaho (12), Illinois (68), Indiana (40), Iowa (18), Kansas (14), Kentucky (22), Louisiana (27), Maine (20), Maryland (75), Massachusetts (117), Michigan (89), Minnesota (35), Mississippi (7), Missouri (21), Montana (5), Nebraska (4), Nevada (9), New Hampshire (26), New Jersey (175), New Mexico (9), New York (238), North Carolina (96), North Dakota (1), Ohio (115), Oklahoma (36), Oregon (28), Pennsylvania (195), Rhode Island (19), South Carolina (47), South Dakota (2), Tennessee (40), Texas (121), Utah (8), Vermont (20), Virginia (135), Washington (89), West Virginia (10), Wisconsin (50), Wyoming (5). Other: Washington D.C. (4).
Other Countries (16): Australia (1), Brazil (1), Canada (102), China (1), Columbia (1), Costa Rica (1), Finland (1), Germany (1), Greece (2), Italy (1), Japan (7), Mexico (7), Russia (5), South Korea (3), Spain (1), and Sweden (1).
5th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at Pier 94
There are 330 dogs entered representing 66 breeds and 28 states with the most coming from New Jersey (77), New York (75) and Pennsylvania (33). The top 5 entries are Border Collies (55), Shetland Sheepdogs (34), All-American Dogs (29), Australian Shepherd (18), Golden Retrievers (18), and Poodles (18).
Agility Entries by Breed
Breeds (66)All-American Dogs (29), American Eskimo Dogs (2), American Staffordshire Terriers (1), Australian Cattle Dogs (1), Australian Shepherds (18), Basenjis (1), Beagles (1), Bearded Collies (6), Bedlington Terriers (1), Belgian Malinois (1), Belgian Sheepdogs (2), Belgian Tervuren (2), Berger Picards (1), Bernese Mountain Dogs (2), Bichon Frises (5), Biewer Terriers (1), Border Collies (55), Boxers (1), Brittanys (1), Bull Terriers (1), Carin Terriers (1), Cardigan Welsh Corgis (3), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (10), Chihuahuas (3), Cocker Spaniels (6), Curly-Coated Retrievers (1), Dachshunds (3), Dalmatians (2), Doberman Pinschers (1), English Cocker Spaniels (7), Finnish Lapphunds (1), Flat-Coated Retrievers (1), Fox Terriers (1), German Shepherd Dogs (4), German Shorthaired Pointers (1), Golden Retrievers (18), Irish Red & White Setters (1), Irish Setters (1) Italian Greyhounds (2), Keeshonden (1), Labrador Retrievers (11), Manchester Terriers (2), Miniature American Shepherds (4), Miniature Pinschers (2) Miniature Schnauzers (1), Norfolk Terriers (2), Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers (1), Papillons (15), Parson Russell Terriers (5), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (6), Pomeranians (3), Poodles (18), Portuguese Water Dogs (1), Pugs (1), Rat Terriers (3), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (1), Rottweilers (2), Salukis (1), Scottish Terriers (2), Shetland Sheepdogs (34), Shiba Inu (2), Siberian Huskies (1), Staffordshire Bull Terriers (1), Toy Fox Terriers (3), Vizslas (1), West Highland White Terriers (5), Yorkshire Terriers (2).
Agility Entries by Location
States (28): Arizona (4), California (16), Colorado (2), Connecticut (22), Delaware (4), Florida (4), Illinois (4), Indiana (2), Kentucky (2), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (5), Maryland (9), Michigan (1), Missouri (2), North Carolina (4), New Hampshire (7), New Jersey (77), New Mexico (2), Nevada (1), New York (75), Ohio (19), Pennsylvania (33), Rhode Island (2), Texas (7), Virginia (21), Vermont (1), Washington (1), Wisconsin (2).
3rd Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster Entries
Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 at Pier 94
There are 24 dogs entered from 16 states led by Illinois (3) and Indiana (2), New York (2), South Carolina (2), Pennsylvania (2), and Tennessee (2). Golden Retrievers (9) are the most entered followed by Border Collies (3) and Labrador Retrievers (3).
Obedience Entries by Breed
All-American Dogs (1), Border Collies (3), Chinese Cresteds (1), German Shepherd Dogs (1), German Shorthaired Pointers (1), Miniature American Shepherds (1) Papillons (1), Pembroke Welsh Corgis (1), Poodles (Toy) (1), Retrievers (Golden) (9), Retrievers (Labrador) (3), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (1).
Obedience Entries by Location
States (16): Connecticut (1), Florida (1), Illinois (3), Indiana (2), Maryland (1), Minnesota (1), Missouri (1), North Carolina (1), New Jersey (1), New York (2), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (1), Washington (1), West Virginia (1).
*** All entry counts are subject to final AKC audit ***
About The Westminster Kennel Club - The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. Established in 1877, Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-breed, benched dog show held every year at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Today, America's dog show has expanded into Westminster Week which includes the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster, both held at Piers 92/94. More than 3,000 dogs from the US and abroad make Westminster Week like no other. Westminster. There's only one. Visit us at: www.westminsterkennelclub.org or follow
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About Meet the Breeds: From Afghan Hounds to the Turkish Van and everything in between, AKC Meet the Breeds® is brought to you by exclusive pet care sponsor Purina Pro Plan. The ninth annual event gives pet lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with more than 150 different dog and cat breeds in booths individually decorated to depict each breed's country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet, all while learning about responsible pet ownership and which breeds may be right for them. Event sponsors include AKC Pet Insurance, Motel 6, AKCSM Visa® Card and Pet Brands, Inc. For more information, visit www.akc.org/meetthebreeds.


Experience the timeless tale three different ways along with all-new bonus features!

Today on National Spaghetti Day, January 4th, we are proud to announce that this February, Disney's cherished animated classic, "Lady and the Tramp," joins the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection. Every member of the family will treasure this timeless tale—loaded with three versions of the film, classic bonus material and three all-new features—when it heads home on Digital and on Movie Anywhere Feb. 20 and on Blu-ray on Feb. 27.

The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition offers three exciting ways to watch "Lady and the Tramp"—the original theatrical version, sing-along mode and Walt's story meetings—both Digitally and via the Multi-screen Edition (formerly the Blu-ray Combo Pack). The Multi-screen Edition includes Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital copy, giving in-home consumers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices. In addition to classic bonus features, all-new extras invite viewers to enter Walt Disney's original office suite on the Studio lot, discover Walt's personal passion for pups, and receive a celebrity-hosted spaghetti and meatballs cooking lesson.

Check out a new trailer here:
YouTube: https://youtu.be/8qG8t2GyDiQ

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