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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Bark, More Bite!
New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania Offers New, Exciting ‘Paw’menities for the 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Guests
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
January 2015. (New York City, NY)—As host hotel for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is getting ready for another successful year of hosting all canine hopefuls taking part in the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The World’s Most ‘Pup-ular’ Hotel will once again be offering over-the-top treatment and is expecting this year to be better than ever! The 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show takes place on February 16th and 17th, 2015 at Madison Square Garden directly across from the hotel with only the Breed judging and benching at Piers 92/94.
 
The Westminster Kennel Club has arranged shuttle buses to transport exhibitors and spectators directly from Hotel Pennsylvania to Piers 92/94 throughout each day – visit http://www.hotelpenn.com for details. The Groups, Junior Showmanship Finals and important Best In Show will still be held at Madison Square Garden, directly across the street from Hotel Pennsylvania.  “We are ‘paws’-itively excited to be welcoming back all of the Westminster VIP’s (Very Important Pooches),” said Gene Nicotra, General Manager/All Dogs’ Best Friend at the Hotel. “Our perfect location and exclusive amenities are a treat for all Westminster hopefuls and fans alike.”
 
New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is the only hotel for Westminster competitors and they know it. From ‘pup’tual Westminster wedding ceremonies to hosting an annual Pet Fashion Show, the Pet Friendly Hotel of the Year always goes the extra mile. To prepare for this special event, the hotel is planning to set up a variety of exclusive onsite daily events and amenities to coincide with the Show exclusively for guests, including:
 
- Hosting the largest in-door doggie spa in all of New York, our  new and improved Room To Groom Dog S’paw’ offers canines everything they need to get ready for the Show: bathing tubs, dog grooming area, exercise/fitness area, and an in-house relieving area.
Direct shuttle bus service for Dog Show exhibitors and spectators from the Hotel to Piers 92/94 each day (courtesy of Westminster).
- Exclusive  welcome package for Westminster guests.
- Hosting the 2015 New York Pet Fashion Show taking place on February 12th; starting at 6 pm EST.
- A live Westminster Kennel Club  broadcast satellite feed from the Hotel’s Lobby on the morning of February 13th.
- Hosting the  Progressive Dog Club events at the PennTop Ballroom from February 13th through February 15th.
- Hosting a  live three-hour radio broadcast of Talkin’ Pets with Jon Patch on February 14th from 5 pm to 8 pm EST.
- Hosting the 2015  Dog Writers Association of America Annual Awards Banquet on February 15th.
- Our  exclusive on-site Doggie Concierge will be working ‘doggone’ hard to attend to all canine requirements (such as ‘pup’arazzi interviews and hotel tours).
- Additional vendor opportunities are available.
…and so much more! Visit www.hotelpenn.com for full details.
 
As a bonus for our Dog Show guests, should their dog win ‘Best in Show’ their entire Hotel stay with us will be  complimentary!
 
New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is offering unbeatable room rates for Westminster guests. To stay at the host hotel where all the Westminster Dog Show action happens, contact 212-736-5000 (locally) or 800-223-8585 (toll-free) or visit www.hotelpenn.com today.
 

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

New Bark, More Bite!

New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania Offers New, Exciting

Paw’menities for the 2015 Westminster Dog Show

(New York City, NY)—As host hotel for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show,New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is getting ready for another successful year of hosting the all canine hopefuls taking part in the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The World’s Most ‘Pup-ular’ Hotel will once again be offering over the top treatment and is expecting this year to be better than ever!

The 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show takes place on February 16th and 17th, 2015 with only the Breed judging and benching at Piers 92/94. The Westminster Kennel Club has arranged shuttle buses to transport exhibitors and spectators directly from Hotel Pennsylvania to Piers 92/94 throughout each day – visit www.hotelpenn.com for details. The Groups, Junior Showmanship Finals and important Best In Show will still be held at Madison Square Garden, directly across the street from Hotel Pennsylvania.

We are ‘paws’-itively excited to be welcoming back all of the Westminster VIP’s (Very Important Pooches),” said Gene Nicotra, General Manager/All Dogs’ Best Friend at the Hotel. “Our perfect location and exclusive amenities are a treat for all Westminster hopefuls and fans alike.”

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

- Hosting the largest in-door doggie spa in all of New York, our new and improvedRoom To Groom S’paw’ offers canines everything they need to get ready for the Show: bathing tubs, dog grooming area, exercise/fitness area, and an in-house relieving area.

- Direct shuttle bus service for Dog Show exhibitors and spectators from the Hotel to Piers 92/94 each day (courtesy of Westminster).

- Exclusive welcome package for Westminster guests.

- A live Westminster Kennel Club broadcast satellite feed from the Hotel’s Lobby.

- Hosting the Progressive Dog Club events.

- Hosting the 2015 New York Pet Fashion Show.

- Hosting a live three-hour radio broadcast of Talkin’ Pets with Jon Patch.

- Hosting the 2015 Dog Writers Association of America Banquet.

- Our exclusive on-site Doggie Concierge will be working ‘doggone’ hard to attend to all canine requirements (such as ‘pup’arazzi interviews and hotel tours).

and so much more! Visit www.hotelpenn.com for full details.

New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is offering unbeatable room rates for Westminster guests. To stay at the host hotel where all the Westminster Dog Show action happens, contact 212-736-5000 (locally) or 800-223-8585 (toll-free) or visit www.hotelpenn.com today.

Note to media contacts: For interviews and photo opportunities, please contact Jerry Grymek, LMA Communications Inc. at 1-800-387-1399/416-440-2500, Cell: 416-918-2043, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

About New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania

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


Masters Agility judges also announced
NEW YORK – The Hon. David Merriam of Bonsall, CA has been selected to judge Best In
Show at the 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show February 16-17, 2015.
Judge Merriam’s selection fits perfectly into his list of accomplishments and service in his
lifetime dedicated to the sport of dogs. He began showing dogs as a teenager, with his
primary breed the Bull Terrier. Staying active in the sport as he attended law school, he
went on to more than a half century of success in showing, breeding and judging.
He retired from the bench as a California State Trials Judge in 1993 and became active in
governance of the sport. He served for 20 years on the American Kennel Club board,
including five as chair and eight as vice chair. He has been active in a number of other
clubs, including the Bull Terrier Club of America and the Montgomery County Kennel Club.
Judge Merriam has won many honors for his accomplishments in dogs, including the
Langdon Skarda Man of the Year Award, Dogdom’s Man of the Year Award, and the Bull
Terrier Club of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
He has officiated at Westminster seven times in the past, including the Terrier Group in
1982. Although licensed to do so, Judge Merriam has never accepted an all breed Best In
Show judging assignment prior to this invitation from the Westminster Kennel Club.
Judge Merriam will head a panel of 33 judges from 14 states, Canada and Finland who will
officiate at the dog show world’s most famous and prestigious event, held at Madison
Square Garden and Piers 92/94 in New York. The panel includes four judges who have
previously judged Best In Show at Westminster, 13 who have judged Groups, and ten who
are judging for the first time at Westminster.
Group judges are Mr. Ken Murray of Island Lake, IL, Sporting; Mrs. Betty-Anne Stenmark
of Woodside, CA, Hound; Mrs. Theresa Hundt of Sandy Hook, CT, Working; Dr. John
Reeve-Newson of Toronto, Canada, Terrier; Mr. Elliott Weiss of Middletown, DE, Toy; Ms.
Shirley Limoges of Ottawa, Canada, Non-Sporting; and Dr. Klaus Anselm of Keswick, VA,
Herding. Mr. Michael Dougherty of Escondido, CA, will judge the Junior Showmanship
finals.
Two breeds will be eligible for Westminster for the first time in 2015: the Wirehaired Vizsla
in the Sporting Group and the Coton de Tulear in the Non-Sporting Group. The addition of
these breeds makes a total of 192 breeds and varieties in competition.
The club also announced the judges for its 2nd Masters Agility Championship at
Westminster to be held at Pier 94 on Feb. 14, the Saturday preceding the All Breed Show.
Those judges are Mr. Alan Arthur of Leander, TX and Mr. Graham Partridge of Austell,
Cornwall, UK.
Here is the entire 2015 Westminster Kennel Club judges panel and assignments
(subject to American Kennel Club approval):
SPORTING BREEDS AND VARIETIES (31):
Ms. Dyane Baldwin, Newport, PA: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly Coated Retrievers,
Flat Coated Retrievers, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.
Mr. Norman Kenney, Cross Roads, TX: Brittanys, Spinones Italiano, Vizslas, Wirehaired
Pointing Griffons, Wirehaired Vizslas.
Ms. Marion Lyons, Hampton, NH: Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers.
Dr. Alan Santos, New York, NY: Cocker Spaniels (all Varieties), English Cocker Spaniels.
Mr. Mark Threlfall, Merrimack, NH: American Water Spaniels, Boykin Spaniels, Clumber
Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels, Field Spaniels, Irish Water Spaniels, Sussex
Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels,
Mr. Robert Vandiver, Simpsonville, SC: English Setters, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters,
Irish Red and White Setters.
Mrs. Cindy Vogels, Greenwood Village, CO: Pointers, German Shorthaired Pointers,
German Wirehaired Pointers, Weimaraners.
HOUND BREEDS AND VARIETIES (31):
Ms. Gayle Bontecou, Clinton Corners, NY: Bloodhounds, Greyhounds, Harriers,
Norwegian Elkhounds, Otterhounds, Petit Bassets Griffons Vendeen, Pharaoh Hounds,
Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds.
Mr. Michael Dougherty, Escondido, CA: Portuguese Podengos Pequeno, Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
Ms. Sandra Frei, Woodinville, WA: Afghan Hounds, Whippets.
Ms. Jocelyne Gagne, Welland, Ontario, Canada: Borzoi, Ibizan Hounds, Irish Wolfhounds.
Mr. Guy Jeavons, Moffat, Ontario, Canada: Dachshunds (all varieties).
Mr. Allen Odom, Denver, CO: American English Foxhounds, American Foxhounds, Basenji, Basset Hounds, Beagles (both Varieties), Black & Tan Coonhounds, Bluetick Coonhound, English Foxhound, Plotts, Redbone Coonhounds, Treeing Walker Coonhounds.
WORKING BREEDS (29):
Mr. Norman Kenney, Cross Roads, TX: Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, German Pinschers, Neapolitan Mastiffs.
Mr. John Ramirez, Downey, CA: Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Black Russian Terriers, Chinooks, Doberman Pinschers, Komondorok, Kuvaszok.
Ms. Linda Robey, High Ridge, MO: Cane Corsos, Dogues de Bordeaux.
Mr. Robert Shreve, Greeley, CO: Bullmastiffs, Giant Schnauzers, Great Pyrenees, Mastiffs, Siberian Huskies, Tibetan Mastiffs.
Mr. Robert Slay, Cary, NC: Boxers, Portuguese Water Dogs, Samoyeds, St. Bernards, Standard Schnauzers.
Ms. Satu Yla-Mononen, Kangasala, Finland: Bernese Mountain Dogs, Great Danes, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Leonbergers, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers.
TERRIER BREEDS AND VARIETIES (31):
Mr. David Kirkland, Sanford, NC: Bull Terriers (both Varieties), Smooth Fox Terriers, Wire Fox Terriers, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, Rat Terriers.
Dr. Jerry Klein, Chicago, IL: Airedale Terriers, Australian Terriers, Cesky Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Irish Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Skye Terriers, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers, Welsh Terriers, West Highland White Terriers.
Dr. Andrew Kramer, Leesburg, VA: Bedlington Terriers, Border Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers.
Mrs. Rosalind Kramer, Leesburg, VA: Russell Terriers.
Mr. John Ramirez, Downey, CA: American Staffordshire Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Standard Manchester Terriers.
TOY BREEDS AND VARIETIES (23):
Ms. Joy Brewster, Newtown, CT: Italian Greyhounds, Toy Poodles.
Mr. Norman Kenney, Cross Roads, TX: Miniature Pinschers, Shih Tzu, Silky Terriers, Toy Fox Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers.
Mr. David Kirkland, Sanford, NC: Affenpinschers, Chihuahuas (both Varieties).
Mrs. Rosalind Kramer, Leesburg, VA: Brussels Griffons, Papillons, Pekingese, Pomeranians, Pugs.
Mrs. Cindy Vogels, Greenwood Village, CO: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels,
Chinese Cresteds, English Toy Spaniels (both Varieties), Havanese,
Japanese Chins, Maltese, Toy Manchester Terriers.
NON-SPORTING BREEDS AND VARIETIES (21):
Ms. Joy Brewster, Newtown, CT: Miniature Poodles, Standard Poodles.
Mr. Norman Kenney, Cross Roads, TX: American Eskimo Dogs, Tibetan Terriers, Xoloitzcuintli.
Mr. David Kirkland, Sanford, NC: Schipperkes. Shiba Inu, Tibetan Spaniels.
Mr. James Reynolds, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Bichons Frise, Chinese Shar-Pei, Chow Chows, Cotons de Tulear, Dalmatians, Keeshonden, Lhasa Apsos, Lowchen, Norwegian Lundehund.
Mr. Robin Stansell, Clayton, NC: Boston Terriers, Bulldogs, Finnish Spitz, French Bulldogs.
HERDING BREEDS AND VARIETIES (26):
Mr. Guy Jeavons, Moffatt, Ontario, Canada: Shetland Sheepdogs.
Ms. Linda Robey, High Ridge, MO: Briards, Canaan Dogs, Finnish Lapphunds, German Shepherd Dogs, Icelandic Sheepdogs, Norwegian Buhunds.
Mr. Robert Slay, Cary, NC: Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Old English Sheepdogs,
Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs, Pulik, Pyrenean Shepherds, Swedish Vallhunds.
Mr. Robert Vandiver, Simpsonville, SC: Australian Cattle Dogs, Australian Shepherds, Bearded Collies, Beauceron, Border Collies, Collies (both Varieties).
Ms. Satu Yla-Mononen, Kangasala, Finland: Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Bouviers des Flandres, Entlebucher Mountain Dogs.
JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP PRELIMINARIES: Ms. Joy Brewster, Newtown, CT and Mr. Robert Slay, Cary, NC.
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Charlotte Reed is a popular pet expert that routinely brightens up television screens, graces radio waves, appears on best selling authors' lists and can be found lecturing at sold-out seminars.

As the fore-most expert on everything pet related, Reed counts her unique entrance into the pet industry as a source for her excitement, knowledge and dedication. Feeling a bit under the weather one afternoon, Reed decided to cut her day short working as a securities attorney at a Wall Street firm. Upon returning to her apartment, Reed was surprised to find her friendly, male dog walker…wearing an expensive gown and voguing (highly stylized modern dance characterized by photo model-like poses integrated with angular, linear and rigid arm, leg, and body movement) in a full-length mirror as her dogs watched the dance performance for the loft above. It was right then that Reed decided that the care of her Katie and Kidder, two American Cocker Spaniels, was only to be trusted to a genuine pet professional, not a male, Madonna wannabe. After not being able to find one, Reed left her job on Wall Street and founded the ultimate pet care firm, Two Dogs & A Goat Incorporated.

Reed’s story did not end there but has been chronicled in pages of New York Magazine, Smart Money and others. Her story has grown to become an New York City legend. A few years ago, Reed was attending a lavish party at the Gramercy Park Hotel when a well-known agent launched into a crowd pleasing story. Unbeknownst to him it was about Reed’s run-in with the dancing dog walker. Reed promptly offered up a few corrections of the story, shocking both the agent and his entertained audience. When asked how she knew the details, she responded that she was the story’s canine champion. Hence, the laughter never stopped; but, neither has Reed’s pet-friendly career nor has she failed to hear her story told again and again.

From the day of the incident, Reed has advised, suggested and advocated on behalf of pets and their people. Whether it was an famous songstress wanting her Maltipoo styled for a woman’s magazine photo shoot; an owner of a lost pet seeking advice how to find his dog; an award-winning pianist needing expert training tips for his three Labradors; a favorite, court house waitress desiring a solution her cat’s constant scratching; or even, a global pr firm requiring help understanding pet consumer behavior, Reed continues to provide the solution-oriented and cost-effective answers to lead happier and healthier pet lifestyles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Career HighlightsOlympics

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

International Competitions

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

Animal Planet™ Complete Guide to Dog Grooming

Skills, Techniques, and Instructions for the Home Groomer

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

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

The Complete Guide to Dog Grooming also offers:

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

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

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

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

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About Animal Planet

Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world's only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. APM consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 97 million homes in the US; online assets www.animalplanet.com, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet Beyond; Petfinder.com, the #1 pet-related Web property globally that facilitates pet adoption; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service; mobile content; and merchandising extensions.

About TFH Publications, Inc. ®

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

About Central Garden & Pet

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

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

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

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

secretary, I enjoy working for and with the members.

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