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As the World’s Most Pup-ular Hotel, New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania prepares exclusive amenities & events to welcome 2013 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show participants

December 6, 2012. (New York City, NY)—Recognized as the 2012 Pet Friendly Hotel of the Year and host hotel for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is preparing to welcome all canine hopefuls participating in the 2013 event. As in previous years, the Hotel will host a majority of the Westminster Dog Show contestants in New York.

The 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show takes place on February 11th and 12th, 2013 with only the Breed judging at Piers 92/94. The Westminster Kennel Club has arranged shuttle buses to transport participants and guests directly from the Hotel to Piers 92/94 throughout each day. The Groups, Junior Showmanship Finals and important Best In Show will still be held at Madison Square Garden, directly across from New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania.

“We are ready to host the VIP’s (Very Important Pooches) for the annual Dog Show given our perfect Westminster location, unbeatable rates and exclusive guest amenities,” said Jim Flynn, General Manager/All Dogs’ Best Friend at the Hotel. “Westminster guests will have a great show in our Lobby alone as they get to see up close all of the different breeds and perhaps even a future Best in Show.”

No one does it better than the Hotel Pennsylvania and the property is known for hosting Westminster champions, including 2008 Best in Show Uno the Beagle, and even the first ever ‘pup’tual Westminster wedding ceremony in 2011. To prepare for this special occasion, the property is planning to set up a variety of exclusive onsite daily events and amenities to coincide with the Show exclusively for guests, including:

- Direct shuttle bus service for Dog Show participants and guests from the Hotel to Piers 92/94 each day.
- Exclusive welcome package for Westminster guests.
- A live Westminster Kennel Club broadcast satellite feed from the Hotel’s Lobby.
- Hosting the New York Pet Fashion Show taking place on Friday, February 11th; starting at 7 pm EST.
- Hosting the largest in-door doggie spa in all of New York, the 1st In-Line, Inc. sponsored Green Room Salon & S’paw’ offers a variety of amenities for Show participant: bathing/beauty parlor/salon, dog grooming/comfort station, exercise area, walking area, and even his and hers relieving area.
- Hosting the The American Canine Education Foundation (ACEF) & the Senior Conformation Judges Association (SCJA) 30th Annual Buffet Reception & Dance.
- Our exclusive on-site Doggie Concierge will be working hard to attend to all canine requirements (such as ‘pup’arazzi interviews and hotel tours) related to the Westminster Dog Show.
- The Paw Mall, located at the Dog S’paw’, will feature all the latest accessories and gifts for both owners and pets to enjoy, from jewelry to pet clothing.
…and so much more!

New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is offering unbeatable room rates for Westminster guests with dogs and those without dogs. 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 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.

Ada Nieves is a renowned certified FIT pet fashion designer, gourmet treats baker and successful events-pawty planner. Runs the largest Chihuahua group in the nation, Host her Pet Life Radio talk show:Vida Doggie, writes for the examiner and is a colaborator for The Chihuahua Connection Magazine and All About Chihuahua Magazine.  A native Puerto Rican, strong advocate and active Latina, Ada is breaking ground in the world’s dog community. She is the official “It Girl” for exciting pet events in New York City, were she lives with her Husband, Four Chihuahuas and one rescue cat.


Ada and her pets have appeared on  many national and international shows,newspapers and magazines. The list includes:

National TV :

Late show with Conan O'brien           The Martha Stewart Show

The View                                         NBC-Today Show

Animal Planet - Cats 101, Dogs 101, Puppies 101, K-9 karma and The Jane Goodman Show

Skunk TV - Discovery TV           Fox 5 - Geraldo At Large

MTV - Celeb Heads/paris Hilton           The Mike & Juliette Show     BronxNet

ABC - Good Morning America/Old navy Search for...

The David Letterman Show               The Anderson Cooper Show

International TV :

BBC-Beautiful People

Telemundo-Cada Dia con Maria Antonieta

Univision-Despierta America,Ver para Creer y Sabado Gigante

Canida Oscar - Italy TV          Woeff-Dutch TV

Dog Oscars - German TV


Eukanuba    Capri Sun     Walkie Way   Febreeze   MasterCard


Pocket Pups     Indognito        One Nation Under Dog


Children's Place       Norstrom         Ralph Lauren            Cole Haan

Rubies Costumes       Simplicity        Petsnobs             Reebok



Fido Friendly     Dog Fancy      NY Dog   Time Out NY   Pafe Japan   GQ

Woman's Health     Vanity Fair        In Touch        German Vogue


NY POST      DAILY MIRROR-London     Daily News- NY


We TV - Puptials       Forbes.com            ABC Canine Couture


Lady Days - Morris Town NJ

Since 2006 Ada has been the dog fashion designer for the Pre-Westminster Fashion show. Currently is the Creative Director of the show along Co-Chair.

In additional her runway shows include ; NYC Major’s Alliance The Adoptapalooza, Christmas Feet at Bryant Park, Fashion Show for the New England Grooming Expo, Sizoo Barcelona 2005, ABC’s Canine Couture, NYC Canine Cruise

She created the first Dog Oscars Gowns that gave her international recognition; they are replicas of the dresses famous actresses like Penelope Cruz & Kate Winslet wore on the Red Carpet for the Oscars in 2005. One of her creations from the "Moulin Rouge" collection was featured at both NY and Brazil Pet Fashion Week gaining international recognition.

Ada is feature in One Nation Under Dog Book by Michael Schaffer as "The Queen of Pet Networking" and a "Connector". Her dog treats are so creative they have been called Top 10 to have for dogs by shows like K-9 Karma, The Today Show and Forbes.Com.

Recently worked as Pet Stylist for epsiodes of 30 Rock, From Underdog to Wonderdog , the new TV reality show on E!, Ice loves Coco and the re-enactments of most memorable moments of the VMA's for MTV.


Before the dogs hit the Westminster floor...

In case there are any nerves, perhaps Debbie Zimmerman can calm your dog down with a massage.

"I still get a lot of people saying, ‘I wouldn't do that,’ but I push them and then they take dog upstairs and realize this made a difference,” said the pet masseuse.

A massage feels great to us pet parents so why not your pets too.

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.

Since 1990, David has co-hosted the Westminster coverage from New York's Madison Square Garden, a live telecast seen by millions of viewers every year. In connection with that role, he has made many appearances on The Today Show (NBC), Good Morning America (ABC), The Early Show (CBS), Charlie Rose (PBS), National Public Radio, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN and more. David also co-hosts the NBC television coverage of The National Dog Show every Thanksgiving Day.

A longtime breeder-owner-handler and judge in the world of purebred dogs, he has enjoyed much success with his Afghan Hounds and Brittanys. The most famous was Ch. Stormhill's Who's Zoomin Who, the #1 Afghan in 1989 who retired as the top-winning female in the history of the breed. He has exhibited his Brittanys in conformation and field trials, but is proudest of the fact that his Brittanys, Teigh and Belle, are registered therapy dogs that visit people in hospitals, nursing homes and hospice every week..

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 October 2002. He is a trustee for Take The Lead, a national non-profit foundation providing support for members of the dog show family suffering from terminal disease or life-threatening illness. He is a charter member of Morris & Essex Kennel Club, serves on the board of the Dog Writers Association of America.

A past president of the Afghan Hound Club of America, he chaired the widely acclaimed Afghan Hound World Congress in San Diego in 1995, which hosted more than 500 fanciers from 23 countries. Licensed by the American Kennel Club to judge Afghan Hounds, he has officiated at shows throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia and Canada.

David is co-chair for the annual Transfiguration School and Church Benefit Dinner in New York's Chinatown. He is also scheduled to appear in a role in the HBO hit series, Sex And The City in 2004. He will play a dog show judge in one of the final eight shows of the series.

Previously, David has held public relations positions with the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and ABC-TV Sports in New York. His wife, Cherilyn, is a chaplain resident at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, and they live in New York City with their two Brittanys.

With more than a half a million pet books in print and hundreds of articles on pets and their care and training to her credit, Nikki Moustaki is considered one of the country's leading pet experts. She also is an award winning freelance writer, animal trainer, and pet industry expert, and her tireless work feeding shelter pets with her innovative website, The Pet Postcard Project, along with her hands-on rescue efforts and vocal advocacy for homeless animals has led her to be dubbed "Saint Nik."  

Nikki Moustaki is also considered an "Urban Dog Guru," specializing in training city dogs for their particular needs. She has published more than 42 books of nonfiction, primarily on the care and training of pets. Her pet books and articles have been translated into 5 languages. Along with working as a dog trainer, Nikki is one of the country's foremost experts on parrots, having authored more than 24 books on birds and their care and training. Her expertise in pets ranges from dogs and cats to fish and hermit crabs, and everything else in between.


An energetic, lively and personable TV and radio guest, Nikki currently hosts a pet-related cable show on The Beach Channel in Miami Beach, and she hosted, co-produced, and co-wrote the national NBC/MSN show, The Celebrity Pet Dish, with her Miniature Schnauzer, Pepper, as her co-host. Nikki has appeared on CNN, Howard Stern (XM Sirius Radio), NBC News, ABC News, Inside Edition, South Florida Live, Inside South Florida, FOX News, CBS News, Martha Stewart Radio, BBC Radio, Animal Radio, Pet Talk Radio, Dog Cast Radio, Bloomdaddy Radio, and Talkin' Pets Radio, among others, and was the animal handler for the second season of the Tony Danza Show, where she often appeared on-air along with her parrot and dog. Nikki has also been featured in The New York Times, The New York Post, Glamour Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, The Humane Society Magazine, and Dog Fancy, among others. She is also a regularly featured expert trainer on video on TeddyHilton.com and writes a weekly blog for DogChannel.com called MUTTerings

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.

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

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

DOGNY: America's Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs

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

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


January 15, 2010

Dear Dog Lover,

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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