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RALEIGH, N.C. (January 20, 2017) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat and cure diseases in all dogs, is pleased to announce it has met the Year I fundraising goal of $250,000 for its Tick-Borne Disease Initiative, launched in February 2016. Funds raised were matched dollar-for-dollar by the American Kennel Club.

Building on this progress, CHF will carry this important Initiative into Year II. Grants funded through the Initiative aim to find better diagnostics, preventives and therapeutics for tick-borne diseases in dogs. In addition, free educational resources, including webinars, a whitepaper and articles are available at www.akcchf.org/ticks.

CHF is excited to announce that once again, as an added incentive, all donations to the CHF Tick-Borne Disease Initiative during 2017 will be generously matched dollar-for-dollar by the American Kennel Club (AKC), up to $250,000.

“The AKC is proud of the progress made through CHF’s Tick-Borne Disease Initiative, and we are pleased to once again provide these matching funds to the Initiative in 2017,” said Harvey Wooding, AKC Board of Directors. “Tick-borne disease has far-reaching impacts on both dogs and humans, and the AKC supports this work for the health of dogs.”

Tick-Borne diseases are an important group of emerging infectious diseases. As the geographic range of ticks continues to expand, both dogs and people can be affected by these diseases, year-round. CHF’s Tick-Borne Disease Initiative and new research grants address important health concerns including Lyme disease, bartonellosis, and ehrlichiosis, to name a few.  

“We are grateful to the AKC for continuing their generous match of funds raised through the Tick-Borne Disease Initiative, and we also thank the many individuals, dog clubs and foundations who have supported this important Initiative to help us reach our year I  goal,” said Dr. Diane Brown, CHF CEO. “We believe, through this dedicated research effort, we can make a long-lasting impact on these diseases in dogs and their human companions.”

To learn more about CHF’s tick-borne disease initiative, including the opportunity to double your donation, visit www.akcchf.org/ticks.

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About CHF 
For more than 20 years, 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 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.

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FS1, Nat Geo WILD & FOX Sports GO Combine to Showcase 'Westminster Week' With More Coverage than Ever Before
 
 
New York - With little more than a month until the world's top dogs converge upon New York City's Madison Square Garden to vie for the coveted title of Best in Show, FOX Sports today names its team of broadcasters who present the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on FS1 for the first time ever. Also announced today are the announcers calling breed judging on FOX Sports GO and Nat Geo WILD and the Master's Agility Championship on FS1, combining to make 2017 Westminster Week the most widely covered in the event's illustrious history.
 
Westminster Kennel Club Director of Communications Gail Miller Bisher provides expert analysis of the breeds alongside FOX Sports veteran announcer Chris Myers during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 13 and 14 on FS1. Bisher brings to the telecast more than 30 years of experience in the dog world as a handler, writer and spokesperson. An AKC-licensed conformation judge, her background spans conformation, obedience and earthdog trial competitions. Myers has been a member of the FOX Sports family since 1998 and has called NFL, NASCAR, MLB and more for the network, and this February is part of FOX Sports' Super Bowl coverage for the fifth time in his impressive career.
 
Also contributing to FS1's inaugural coverage of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show are social media and backstage correspondent Katie Nolan, backstage reporter Karyn Bryant and host Jenny Taft. Nolan, host of the Emmy Award-winning original program GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN, is backstage with the dogs and their handlers as they get ready for their moment in the spotlight and monitors what's trending on social media. Bryant is also backstage and interviews the winners, while Taft sets the scene for viewers leading up to the action on the arena floor.
 
Play-by-play announcer Justin Kutcher, analyst Terry Simons and reporter Jennifer Hale return to call the Master's Agility Championship at Westminster. Kutcher is then joined by Paula Nykiel and Jason Hoke to announce breed judging at Piers 92 and 94, and Rachel Bonnetta serves as a FOX Sports Digital correspondent during breed, group and Best in Show judging. Nykiel and Hoke are both accomplished judges whose credentials include Hoke's appointment as Toy Group judge at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and Nykiel's position as Sporting Group judge at this year's event.
 
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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.

The winners:

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.

Junior Showmanship

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:

Obedience

 
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

  • 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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ABOUT THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB

Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.  Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog.  For more information, visit www.akc.org.

AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.


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Island County, WA — Washington State is now equipped with its third state-of-the-art AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer that will be available to dispatch to any disaster scenes that need assistance sheltering pets.

AKC Pet Disaster Relief, a national program that is dedicated to keeping pets and their owners safe in the aftermath of natural or civil disasters, joined forces with local American Kennel Club dog clubs and dog lovers to present an emergency trailer to officials from the Washington State Animal Response Team in a ceremony held yesterday.

AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers help to create a safe, temporary home-base for at least 65 pets during the first 72 hours after a disaster is declared. The trailers house and deliver essential animal care items including crates and carriers, AKC Reunite microchips and an AKC Reunite universal microchip scanner, bowls, collars and leashes as well as fans, lighting and generators; cleaning supplies and maintenance items. These supplies can be used as co-location shelters, where people can evacuate with their pets, as well as emergency animal shelters for displaced animals.

“The first hours following a disaster are critical, and this trailer will provide the shelter and supplies needed to care for animals and keep them safe,” said Tom Sharp, AKC Reunite CEO. “AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers provide impacted areas safe and effective pet sheltering solutions, and AKC Reunite is pleased to provide communities across the nation a valuable tool during such disasters.”

The purchase of the trailer was made possible by more than $22,000 in donations and grants from Invisible Fence® Brand, the Washington Brittany Club, Cascade Havanese Club, Sammamish Kennel Club, Mount Rainier Working Dog Club, Washington State Obedience Training Club, Puget Sound Doberman Pinscher Club, Adele Keyfel, Evergreen Basenji Club, Whidbey Island Kennel Club, Pacific Crest Keeshond Club, Dog Judges Association of America, Basenji Club of America, and AKC Reunite, the nation’s largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service.

“We are incredibly grateful to these AKC dog clubs and AKC Reunite for giving us such an important tool. With the addition of a second AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer to WASART it allows us to extend the reach of our care needed for pets in times of disaster, giving Washington State pet owners a sense of calm,” said Gretchen McCallum, Co-Founder and Treasurer of the Washington State Animal Response Team.

“Our club is proud to be part of providing a safe haven for pets affected by disasters in Washington State,” said Sheri-Berndt Smith, President of the Whidbey Island Kennel Club. “We’re dedicated to the safety of all animals, and we’re very pleased to help bring another AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer to the State. It is hoped this trailer, and others, will provide much needed support to pets and pet owners both before and after a disaster.”

“Pet safety and well-being is of the utmost importance to us, and our company,” said Georgia Welch of Invisible Fence Brand. “We’re glad to help provide communities invaluable tools like the AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer.”

Learn more about how to get involved in AKC Pet Disaster Relief at www.akcreunite.org/relief.

 

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AKC Reunite

The way home for lost pets.

AKC Reunite, an affiliate of the American Kennel Club®, is the largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service provider in the United States. Since 1995 AKC Reunite has helped pet owners reunite with their lost animals via identification and 24/7 pet recovery specialists, enrolling over 6 million companion animals and recovering more than 475,000 lost pets. AKC Reunite microchips are a popular choice of pet professionals throughout the country for permanent pet identification.

The AKC Reunite Canine Support and Relief Fund has donated more than $6 million since 2001 for disaster preparedness and relief causes that impact our nation's pets. AKC Reunite also provides free recovery service enrollment for all active service, military, and law enforcement K-9 dogs. For more information visit www.akcreunite.org or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/akcreunite).

WASART

Washington State Animal Response Team

 

Washington State Animal Response Team is an all-volunteer, all-donation supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization facilitating the rescue of animals in emergency situations such as floods, fires, and earthquakes as well as one-off rescues such as a horse trapped in a well, or a dog stranded halfway down a cliff.

Members train year-round in some of the more difficult rescue areas. Skills honed by many of the members include rope work and the use of pulleys and rappelling, animal assessment and handling, and emergency animal sheltering. Deploying members are also required to take FEMA training and response-ready members are certified State Emergency Workers.

 

Bucks County, PA — Bucks County is now equipped with a state-of-the-art AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer that will be available to dispatch to any disaster scenes that need assistance sheltering pets.

AKC Pet Disaster Relief, a national program that is dedicated to keeping pets and their owners safe in the aftermath of natural or civil disasters, joined forces with local American Kennel Club dog clubs and dog lovers to present an emergency trailer to officials from the Bucks County Animal Response Team & Bucks County Emergency Services in a ceremony held yesterday. This is the 55th AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer rolled out nationwide.

AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers help to create a safe, temporary home-base for at least 65 pets during the first 72 hours after a disaster is declared. The trailers house and deliver essential animal care items including crates and carriers, AKC Reunite microchips and an AKC Reunite universal microchip scanner, bowls, collars and leashes as well as fans, lighting and generators; cleaning supplies and maintenance items. These supplies can be used as co-location shelters, where people can evacuate with their pets, as well as emergency animal shelters for displaced animals.

“The first hours after a disaster occurs are critical, and this trailer will provide the shelter and supplies needed to care for animals and keep them safe,” said Tom Sharp, AKC Reunite CEO. “AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers give areas the effective pet sheltering solutions they need in trying times, and AKC Reunite is pleased to help communities across the nation prepare for such disasters.”

The purchase of the trailer was made possible by more than $22,000 in donations and grants from the Hatboro Dog Club, Kennel Club of Philadelphia, Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America, Dog Judges Association of America, and AKC Reunite, the nation’s largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service.

“Bucks County has had an active Animal Response Team for many years and this new trailer greatly enhances their capability to serve the community. We are extremely grateful to these AKC dog clubs and AKC Reunite for giving us such an important tool. The AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer will allow us to give our pets the care they need in times of disaster, giving Bucks County pet owners peace of mind,” said Scott Forster, Director of Emergency Services for Bucks County.

“We’re glad to help provide a safe haven for pets affected by disasters in Bucks County and surrounding areas,” said Wayne Ferguson, President of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia. “We’re dedicated to the safety of all pets, and committed to providing support in times of crisis.”

“Our club is proud to be a part of providing safety to Bucks County pets,” said Milan D. Lint, President of Hatboro Dog Club. “Giving back to the community is an important part of what we Pennsylvania dog clubs do and we’re glad tohelp bring this AKC Pet Disaster Relief Trailer, which can provide meaningful support during the difficult times before and after a disaster.”

Learn more about how to get involved in AKC Pet Disaster Relief at www.akcreunite.org/relief.

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AKC Reunite

The way home for lost pets.

AKC Reunite, an affiliate of the American Kennel Club®, is the largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service provider in the United States. Since 1995 AKC Reunite has helped pet owners reunite with their lost animals via identification and 24/7 pet recovery specialists, enrolling over 6 million companion animals and recovering more than 475,000 lost pets. AKC Reunite microchips are a popular choice of pet professionals throughout the country for permanent pet identification.

The AKC Reunite Canine Support and Relief Fund has donated more than $6 million since 2001 for disaster preparedness and relief causes that impact our nation's pets. AKC Reunite also provides free recovery service enrollment for all active service, military, and law enforcement K-9 dogs. For more information visit www.akcreunite.org or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/akcreunite).

 

Dogs from 49 States and 100s of International Exhibitors

Will Vie for Best in Show

NEW YORK, NY (November 22, 2016) – The AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin has drawn record entry numbers in its 16th year. An entry of 4,710 dogs will compete for the title of National Champion on December 17 and 18, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Combined with the other weekend events the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience Classic, AKC National Owner-Handler Series Finals, NADD/AKC Diving Dogs Championship, and the Junior events, the overall show totals top 7,000 entries, making this the largest dog show held in the United States since the AKC 1984 Centennial event and the largest dog show North America.

“The AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin is a one-of-a-kind experience for any dog lover,” said Dennis Sprung, AKC President and Show Chairman.  “With more than 1,000,000 square feet of event space, top canine athletes competing in a wide variety of dog sports, tons of vendors selling unique dog-themed items in time for the holidays, more than 150 AKC Meet the Breeds® booths and more, there is nothing that can compare to this canine extravaganza.” 

Other events in the one million square feet of canine-centric event space during the week of December 13-18, 2016 include the:

2016 Highlights:

Judges: Judge Dr. Anthony DiNardoof West Hartford, Connecticut will select the AKC National Championship Best in Show (BIS) winner. The owner(s) of the BIS winner will receive more than $50,000. Dr. Robert Indeglia of Narragansett, Rhode Island will judge Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show from over 1,000 Bred-by-Exhibitor entries (dogs being shown by their owner/breeder). Best Bred-By Exhibitor in Show will receive $15,000.

 

Television and Streaming Coverage: The AKC National Championship evening competition will be streamed live beginning at 6:00 p.m. each night on www.akc.org, www.royalcanin.com/akcdogshow and live on Fido TV. The show will be televised on the Hallmark Channel on January 23, 2017 6-9 PM ET/PT. The Bred-By Exhibitor groups, Junior Showmanship Finals, Best Miscellaneous, agility and obedience will be taped and available on demand at www.akc.org.

 

AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals: The AKC NOHS Finals Best in Show competition will be judged by Mrs. Paula Nykiel of Washington, Missouri on Saturday, December 17. This invitation-only competition is open to the top ten ranked dogs in the AKC National Owner-Handled Series in each breed/variety from the 2016 qualifying year and drew an entry of 711 dogs. The NOHS Group Finals will be taped and available on demand at www.akc.org.

AKC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BY THE NUMBERS

  • All 190 AKC recognized breeds are entered to compete.
  • 4,710 entries in the AKC National Championship
  • The largest entries include:
    • 141 Golden Retrievers
    • 127 Dachshunds (all varieties)
    • 117 Labrador Retrievers
    • 94 Australian Shepherds
    • 89 Chihuahuas (both varieties)
    • 81 French Bulldogs
    • 68 Rhodesian Ridgebacks
    • 68 Poodles (all varieties)
    • 59 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
    • 56 Rottweilers
  • 711 dogs are entered in the AKC National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) Finals.
  • 121 juniors, ages 9-17, who have met high academic standards and qualification criteria based on year-round competition, will compete in Junior Showmanship.
  • More than 700 dogs will compete in the North America Diving Dogs/AKC National Championship.
  • 248 entries in the two-dayAKC Obedience Classic, including 62 breeds from 35 states, Canada and Puerto Rico
  • 34 Junior Obedience entriesand 38 Junior Rally entries in the AKC Juniors Classic (Saturday, Dec. 17th for Obedience and Sunday, Dec. 18th for Rally)
  • 700 entries in theAKC Agility Invitational, including 161 breeds from 44 states and four countries
  • 77 entries in the AKC Junior Agility Competition (Friday, Dec. 16th)

OBEDIENCE CLASSIC AND AGILITY INVITATIONAL BY THE NUMBERS

To purchase tickets or get more information about the show, visit us at www.akc.org/events/national-championship/ or on Facebook and Twitter.

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ABOUT THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB

Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.  Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog.  For more information, visit www.akc.org.

 

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

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

 

Conformation

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

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

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

Companion Events

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

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

Performance

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

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

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

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

 

New York, NY – TheAmerican Kennel Club® (AKC®) is pleased to announce the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award finalists in the categories of Conformation, Companion Events and Performance Events.

The Awards, created and first awarded in 1999, are presented in recognition of exceptional participation and achievement within the dog fancy. The finalists chosen, based on nominations from AKC member clubs, have impacted the dog sport on a national level through club involvement, judging, exhibiting, breeding and teaching.

The three finalists in each category will be voted on by member clubs, with voting ending on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Winners will be announced by the end of October. Presentation of awards to the winners will be made in conjunction with the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin in Orlando, Florida December 17th and 18th.

This year’s nominees are:

Conformation

  • Patricia W. Laurens, of Newtown, Connecticut, has been active in dogs for over 50 years as an exhibitor, all-breed handler and breeder of Best in Show, National Specialty winning and top producing German Wirehaired Pointers. She has served as Delegate for the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America for over 30 years. During that time, she was elected to the AKC Board of Directors and started an AKC Breeders Education program and helped establish the Junior Scholarship program.When Pat left the Board of Directors in 2000 she was elected to the Parent Club Committee and has served as its Chairperson from 2000 to the present. During this tenure she helped establish the Parent Club Conference Program and chaired three National Parent Club Conferences. In 2013 she helped establish the AKC Reunite Pet Disaster Trailer Program and serves as its co-chairman. Read more.

Companion Events

  • Susan (Suzi) B. Bluford, of Carmel, California, is so grateful and honored to be nominated once again for this prestigious award. She began in the sport of AKC dogs during the early 1970’s with her first dog- Golden Retriever “Wendy”, who became a breed CH, UD, WC. Suzi was hooked in all areas of the sport! In 1977, her Golden Retriever, “Streaker”, was the number one obedience dog in the United States as well as a breed champion and an owner-handled group winner. She is an active participant in conformation, obedience, rally, tracking, retriever hunt tests and field trials, herding, nosework and agility, and bred “Dasu Goldens” for many years.Read more.
  • Elizabeth (Tibby) Chase, of Monson, Massachusetts, desperately wanted a Welsh pony as a child, but her sensible parents presented her with a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. This little dog introduced Tibby to the challenging world of dog training and was her first high in trial dog in 1961. She has been involved with dogs, dog training and Corgis ever since. While obedience is her first love, Tibby has successfully trained and shown dogs in rally, tracking, agility, herding, and conformation. One ‘special’ Pembroke, “Tyler”, Ch. Heronsway Free Style UDT ROMX, is one of a few obedience titled dogs to win the breed at Westminster. Read more.
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    • Jim Campbell, of Marrero, Louisiana, grew up in in rural Mississippi in the 1950’s and 60’s. Rabbit hunting with grade beagles instilled in him a love for the sport. In 1978, he got his first AKC registered beagles. After moving to New Orleans he met Maurice Ellis, Rannie Ladner and Tommy Moffet. Jim gives credit to them for teaching him what to look for in a hound and how to condition them. His first good dog was Jazztown T-Beau, who had a great nose, outstanding line control and check work that set the standard for what he looks for in a dog to this day. Jim has bred many worthy hounds over the years, seven of which finished as AKC field champions. He finished four field champions himself, two of which went on to win the AKC SPO Nationals. FC JO's Hustler won the Southern States Championship twice. Read more.
  • Teri Dickinson, of Lucas, TX, began her performance career with a mixed-breed dog she trained and entered in an obedience fun match. That led to the acquisition of her first Italian Greyhound in 1984, who went on to become an American Canadian Champion and Utility Dog. After putting dual titles on several more Italian Greyhounds, Teri became interested in lure coursing and other lure sports. As a board member of the Italian Greyhound Club of America, she led a successful campaign to have Italian Greyhounds added to eligible coursing breeds.She and husband, Jack Downing, bred Italian Greyhounds under the Whirlwind prefix and participated in conformation, coursing, agility and amateur racing. Teri bred the first AKC dual champion, DC Whirlwind Blew By You LCM OA NAJ GRC JOR MC. Read more.

Performance

  • Melody Fair, of Noti, Oregon, and husband Roy, acquired their first Basset Hound, Misty in late 1970. Misty was their first title holder, earning her CD. Bassets have always been Melody’s primary breed, but over the years other breeds have graced their couch: four Newfoundlands, a Pembroke, a Borzoi, a retired racing Greyhound and the newest addition, a Doberman. The Bassets have earned titles in the show ring, Field Trials (over 20 Field Championships), Tracking, TD (working on number 16), TDX (working on number 6), and still hopeful for an elusive VST. Over 10 of her Bassets have earned Dual championships. They have earned titles and/or competed in Obedience, Rally, Agility, Coursing Ability, BHCA Hunting Performance Test and NACSW K9 Nosework. Read more.

For more about the nominees and the Lifetime Achievement Awards, visit the AKC website here.

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About the American Kennel Club

Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function.  Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog.  For more information, visit www.akc.org.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (August 29, 2016) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat and cure diseases in all dogs, announces an exciting new grant that aims to address thyroid disease in dogs. Funding for this grant is made possible by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), a long-time partner of CHF.

Hypothyroidism is one of the most common endocrine disorders in adult dogs with a majority of cases caused by autoimmune thyroiditis (AIT). The dog’s own immune system attacks the thyroid gland causing progressive, irreversible destruction of thyroid gland cells resulting in loss of thyroid hormone production. This disorder is similar to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a leading cause of hypothyroidism in people.

Brian Petroff, DVM, PhD and Kent R. Refsal, DVM, PhD of Michigan State University will study dogs with elevated thyroglobulin autoantibodies (TgAA) as a marker for early stage AIT. Identification of elevated TgAA with otherwise normal thyroid hormone concentrations is referred to as ‘subclinical thyroiditis.’ Dogs with subclinical thyroiditis are considered at risk of progression to hypothyroidism. It is assumed that while dogs with subclinical thyroiditis have increased TgAA, the rate of progression to hypothyroidism varies, and not all dogs with increased TgAA will become hypothyroid. Drs. Petroff and Refsal aim to more accurately define the proportion of dogs that subsequently develop hypothyroidism, and a progression timeline.

“Year after year, thyroid disease has been listed among the top ten parent club health concerns. The OFA is pleased to join our long-standing partner, the AKC Canine Health Foundation, and one of the country’s leading endocrine labs at Michigan State University, in pursuing and funding this important research,” said Eddie Dziuk, OFA chief operating officer.

 “OFA continues to be a strong ally in our mission to improve the health and wellness of all dogs,” said Dr. Diane Brown, CHF CEO. “Thyroid disease remains an important canine health concern, and this project will help us better understand the progression of thyroid disorders in dogs, with potential to improve understanding of the disease in humans as well.”

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About CHF 
For more than 20 years, 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 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.

 

 

The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce the second round of the AKC Paw of Courage award recipients, to show appreciation for the many sacrifices that working dogs make while serving and protecting our country. This award specifically recognizes the extraordinary sacrifices of dogs who have been severely injured or killed in the line of duty.

“These canine heroes have proven to be fearless and devoted,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “They continuously put their lives on the line without hesitation and each of these dogs has made a significant sacrifice in the line of duty to protect us. They have truly touched the lives of many and we are proud to honor them with the AKC Paw of Courage as a symbol of our gratitude.”

 

Any working dog is eligible to receive the AKC Paw of Courage; the award is not specific to purebred dogs. Recipients of the award, or their former human partner, will receive a 2016 AKC Paw of Courage medal along with a certificate. In addition, the recipients will receive a photo and profile on akc.org.

The second round of 2016 AKC Paw of Courage recipients are:

K9 Officer Nicky: of Las Vegas Metro Police Department, NV

K9 Nicky was an eight-year-old Belgian Malinois of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department in Nevada. He had been part of the department for over five years when he was shot and killed while responding to an incident with his handler, Sergeant Eric Kearns. The suspect was walking through a neighborhood reportedly shooting at people randomly. He had murdered two innocent people and was threatening the rest of the neighborhood. Nicky was deployed as officers attempted to take the subject into custody. During the course of apprehending the suspect, a firefight ensued between the suspect and the police and Nicky was killed during the shootout.

At the time of his tragic death, Nicky had only been back on duty for a little over a month after recovering from a previous incident where he was severely wounded. Nicky was deployed to apprehend a suspect who had been barricaded for over 12 hours. He quickly engaged the suspect who was armed with a machete and viciously attacked K9 Officer Nicky. He was rushed to the emergency vet where he underwent surgery to repair the machete wounds to his face, chest and paws. Nicky made a quick recovery and was anxious to get back to work, returning to full duty just 3 weeks after the incident. Sergeant Kearns says that even with scars on his face, it was clear that Nicky was happy to be back at work. During his career, Nicky had 99 apprehensions of suspects who had committed various crimes including burglary, robbery and murder.

Even as a puppy, Nicky’s potential was clear. He began his training in KNVP, the royal Dutch Police Dog Training program where he titled as a PH1 with honors. Nicky was a courageous, strong and driven K9 Officer. He enjoyed his work tremendously whether he was right in the action, searching for and apprehending suspects or just driving around with Sergeant Kearns, patrolling the streets of Las Vegas. K9 Nicky was a true hero who made the ultimate sacrifice to serve and protect. Nicky is deeply missed by Sergeant Eric Kearns as well as the entire Las Vegas Metro Police Department.

K9 Officer Aren: of Port Authority of Allegheny County Police Department, PA

K9 Aren, a five-year-old German Shepherd Dog of the Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania, was stabbed to death during an apprehension this past January. K9 Aren, along with his handler Officer Brian O’Malley and other officers, had engaged a subject in a foot pursuit following an incident at the Wilkinsburg transit station. K9 Aren located the subject and was released to attempt an apprehension. The subject stabbed and killed K9 Aren before being fatally shot by the officers on scene.

Aren was trained in patrol tactics, and explosive detection as well as SWAT K9 operations. He assisted in numerous arrests throughout the transit system as well as performing daily explosive sweeps. K9 Aren was a treasured K9 Officer and will always be remembered by the Port Authority Police of Allegheny County as well as his partner, Officer O’Malley.

K9 Officer Jethro: of Canton Police Department, OH

Jethro was an AKC registered German Shepherd Dog of the Canton Police Department in Ohio. In January 2016, Jethro and his handler Officer Ryan Davis, responded to an alarm at a grocery store. As the pair entered the warehouse area, Jethro quickly picked up on the presence of a person and went to investigate. The subject was located and when he continued to disobey officers’ commands, Jethro was deployed. The subject opened fire, shooting Jethro multiple times before fleeing on foot. The suspect was later apprehended a short distance away. Jethro was rushed to the Stark County Veterinary Emergency Clinic where he eventually succumbed to his wounds

Jethro was brought home at 8 weeks of age as a family pet with the intent of possibly becoming a working dog. In November of 2014 Officer Davis’ first partner retired and Jethro had been screened and had begun his official schooling to become Davis’ next partner. Officer Davis and Jethro handled hundreds of calls together including alarms, trouble calls and burglaries. Officer Davis describes Jethro as a giant gentle beast. He says Jethro was “a 105 lb lap dog who could apprehend a criminal and then turn around and play with neighborhood kids.” He says that Jethro was “loyal to the end” and will be missed terribly.

 

K9 Officer Patrick: of Washington State Patrol, WA

Patrick was a three year old German Shepherd Dog of the Washington State Patrol in Washington. This past April, Trooper Mike Allan and his K9 partner, Patrick, participated in explosive detection training at the AMTRAK Seattle Sounder Station. During the training, Patrick screened two ferry loads of cars for explosives at Coleman Ferry Terminal. After conducting his work, Trooper Allan saw Patrick was in distress and rushed him to a vet. Patrick was suffering from tangled intestines and immediately underwent emergency surgery in attempt to save his life. The surgery was not successful and Patrick had to be euthanized later that night. 

Trooper Allan and K9 Patrick started their career together at Lackland Airforce Base in Texas in October 2015. In December 2015, Patrick and Trooper Allan became a certified K9 explosive team and served the citizens of Washington faithfully. Trooper Mike Allan and all members of the Homeland Security Division are mourning the loss of the courageous and loyal K9 Officer Patrick. 

K9 Officer Tryko: of Doraville Police Department, GA

K9 Tryko is a 12-year-old German Shepherd Dog of the Doraville Police Department in Georgia. He began his career as a police dog for the City of Doraville in 2006, and is now in his 10th year of service. This past April, K9 Tryko and his handler, Officer Jason Deyette, were assisting the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Taskforce in a search for a man wanted for numerous felonies across multiple counties. Tryko located the suspect hiding in a house and was stabbed in the mouth as he moved in to apprehend him. He lost a great deal of blood and sustained a number of punctures and lacerations to his tongue and mouth. Tryko healed and returned to full duty in about a month. Since returning to work after his injury, he has already had a number of apprehensions.

Tryko is trained in patrol work as well as narcotics detection. Over his exceptionally long career, he has been responsible for approximately 700 suspect apprehensions and 600 drug seizures; being directly involved in recovering nearly one million dollars in drug money. Tryko has met hundreds of children at schools, churches and community functions during K9 demonstrations.  He has also been called upon to assist many federal agencies including FBI, DEA, ICE, and the US Marshalls Service. In 2014, K9 Tryko was able to track, locate and apprehend a suspect who had shot and wounded two DeKalb County police officers a few hours prior. To Officer Deyette and the Doraville Police Department, K9 Tryko is considered a legend. According to the department, he is one of a kind and a truly special police dog. The sacrifices that he has made throughout his career are truly appreciated.

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