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New York, NY- The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog is pleased to announce that the official bronze statue of Sgt. Stubby, a distinguished World War I war dog will be housed permanently at the AKC Museum of the Dog. The sculpture will be unveiled on May 23, 2019.

The statue, “Stubby Salutes,” created by renowned sculptor Susan Bahary, is a life sized bronze of the bull terrier mix. Stubby is widely regarded as the U.S Army’s first service dog. His service began in 1917 when he wandered on to the camp of the 102nd Infantry Regiment of the 26th Yankee Division at Yale. He formed a bond with a young solider named Robert Conroy who named him “Stubby.” Conroy subsequently smuggled Stubby on his ship when it was time to ship out. Stubby served in France for 18 months and a total of 17 battles. His heroic feats included: warning his unit of looming mustard gas attacks, locating wounded soldiers on the battlefield and sitting beside them until help arrived, and capturing a German spy by grabbing at the seat of his pants. Over the course of his service, he was injured by mustard gas and a grenade. Stubby is remembered for his bravery and also as a treasured mascot who brought joy to embattled soldiers. As a veteran, he was awarded a medal for his bravery by General John J. Pershing and met three presidents.

This April marked the 100th anniversary of Stubby’s return to the US to a hero’s welcome.

“We are very excited to welcome “Stubby Salutes” to our Museum collection,” said Alan Fausel, Executive Director of the AKC Museum of the Dog. “His courage and dedication to our country has laid the foundation for today’s military working dogs and we look forward to sharing him with the public and educating them about his place in history.”

Susan Bahary, an internationally acclaimed artist, was commissioned by the descendants of Robert Conroy to memorialize Stubby in his rare salute pose, a pose which won him the favor of his fellow soldiers and officers. Her other works include “Always Faithful,” the United States first official war dog monument that commemorated the 25 dogs who perished in the taking of Guam during World War II. “Always Faithful” is a part of the Museum of the Dog’s collection.

“It has been an honor to create this bronze monument to commemorate Sgt. Stubby,” says Bahary. "His right paw represents his deeds for our country and his left paw represents his friendly and giving nature. His contributions to our military, along with his loyalty and bravery are symbolic of all the wonderful working dogs that protect us and service animals that benefit and enrich our lives today.”

The AKC Museum of the Dog, founded in 1982, was originally housed in The New York Life Building located at 51 Madison Avenue as part of the AKC Headquarters. In 1987, the Museum was moved to West St. Louis County, MO. The Museum made its return to New York City in a new location in February 2019 and houses one of the largest repositories of canine art in the world, including paintings, porcelains, bronzes, trophies and digital displays. The Museum is dedicated to education and preservation of purebred dogs.

The original casting of the sculpture is on permanent display at the “Connecticut Trees of Honor” Memorial at the Veterans Memorial Park In Middletown, CT. 


About the AKC Museum of the Dog

Founded in 1982, The AKC Museum of the Dog is dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of the art, artifacts and literature of the dog for the purposes of education, historical perspective, aesthetic enjoyment and to enhance the appreciation for and knowledge of the significance of the dog and the human/canine relationship. Located in New York City, the Museum is home to several hundred paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, sculptures, bronzes, and porcelain figurines, a variety of decorative arts objects and interactive displays depicting man's best friend throughout the ages. The AKC Museum of the Dog is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization funded mainly by private and corporate gift donations.

For more information on the AKC Museum of the Dog visit www.Museumofthedog.org

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Dog Friendly hotels NYC – Hotel Pennsylvania: One of the biggest pet friendly hotels in NYC!

pet friendly hotels nyc One of the top dog friendly hotels in NYC. If you don’t travel with just the humans in your family, we’re the hotel for you. We love to welcome our furry friends and your pawed family members into our hotel. We don’t care if you have a Yorkie or an English Mastiff, we accept your family how you are. That’s right.

At just $25 per stay (plus tax), we’re not just pet-friendly; we’re wallet friendly.

All sized dogs are welcome at Hotel Pennsylvania.

As a hotel that proudly sponsors the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show every year, it wouldn’t be right to discriminate on any dog simply based on breed or size. We love all dogs and we wouldn’t want any of them banned from our premises. As it is often said, dogs aren’t our whole lives but, they do make our lives whole. So, if you’re traveling with a dog, know that you can stay with us. We’re one of the top dog-friendly hotels in NYC, just ask our four-legged fans.

If you do bring your pet to stay with us, don’t forget to share some pictures with the hashtag #HotelPennPets. We’re making a collage.

When you bring your pet with you, make sure to prepare properly. Our policy does dictate the following.

  • All pets must be kennelled when you’re not in the room.
  • Guests are responsible for any damage done by their pet.

Did we mention? We’re also a cat-friendly hotel.

The same rules that apply to our canine friends apply to our feline friends as well. We watched Homeward Bound and know that the two can live harmoniously and create some amazing adventures. That being said, DO NOT release any of them into our hallways.

If you want to take your pet for a walk, Hotel Penn is nearby the Hudson River Greenway, Bryant Park, and Madison Square Park.



New York, NY – The AKC® Humane Fund, a non-profit organization committed to supporting responsible pet ownership, is proud to announce that 2018 marks its ten-year anniversary.


The idea to create the AKC Humane Fund was presented to the Board of Directors by Dennis B. Sprung and it achieved 501c3 status in 2008. It was created with the mission to unite animal lovers in promoting responsible pet ownership through education, outreach and grant-making. The Fund set out to provide financial support to organizations that educate adults and children about responsible pet ownership, provide for the health and wellbeing of all dogs, and preserve and celebrate the human-animal bond. Charitable and educational activities include: Breed Rescue Grants, Grants to Domestic Violence Shelters that accept pets, Scholarships, Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE Awards) and funding the AKC Library.

“Over the past decade, the AKC Humane Fund has been making great strides to unite animal lovers in promoting responsible ownership,” said AKC Humane Fund President Doug Ljungren. “Countless contributions have been made through the Fund to establish educational programs, provide grants to organizations and assist breed rescue, and we see no signs of stopping. We are excited to see what’s in store for the future of this charitable organization that has made such a difference in the animal-loving community.”

Each year, through its John D. Spurling Scholarship, the AKC Humane Fund awards five scholarships totaling $10,000 to full-time students enrolled in courses of study that contribute to the wellbeing of dogs and responsible pet ownership. The Fund gives back to the sport of dogs through its George Ward Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to apprentice handlers pursuing academic and professional enrichment. In 2017, two grants of $5,000 each were awarded through this program.


The AKC Humane Fund is proud to be the leading organization that provides financial assistance to domestic abuse shelters that accept pets. These grants make it possible for women’s shelters to welcome pets and help break the cycle of domestic abuse. The Fund has contributed to more than 120 Domestic Violence Shelters since its inception in 2008.


Additionally, The AKC Humane Fund is dedicated to assisting groups that protect pets, including those involved in pet welfare, rescue and health. Its rescue grant program provides financial assistance to not-for-profit canine clubs and rescue groups that take on significant, rescue-related expenses. Through its Sandy Fund Grant, which was founded after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, The AKC Humane Fund supports organizations that are performing disaster relief services in their communities. The Fund has donated $40,000 to hurricane relief efforts through this program in 2017.


To learn more about the AKC Humane Fund and its other programs and awards, visit http://www.akchumanefund.org/.


Support the AKC Humane Fund by taking surveys: sign up for the Survey Monkey Contributes survey panel, choose AKC Humane Fund as your charity, and for every survey you complete, the AKC Humane Fund will receive $0.50. Get started here: https://contribute.surveymonkey.com/sign-in.


Talkin' Pets News


Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestrial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Lexi Lapp

Network Producer - Quin McCarthy

Executive Producer - Bob Page

Special Guests - Judy Burris and Wayne Richards, authors of THE SECRETS OF BACKYARD BUGS will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/22/17 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away their book

Tom Perkins, National Sales Manager of Flexrake will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 4/22/17 at 630pm EST to discuss and give away his Flexrakes for cleaning up after your pets

Talkin' Pets News - 2/18/17
Host - Jon Patch
Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo
Producer - Lexi Lapp
Network Producer - Quin McCarthy
Executive Producer - Bob Page
Special Guests - Diane Rose-Solomon author of "What To Expect When Adopting A Dog" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 2/18/17 at 5pm EST to discuss and give away her book
David Frei the new voice of the Beverly Hills Dog Show will join Jon and Talkin' Pets to discuss this new dog show event on the west coast
Nick Townsend will be performing an acoustic version of the song "Glorious" from the new movie "Rock Dog" live from the Patch studios


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.



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


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/


Judges for Westminster Week's Four Competitions
Hail From Across the US and Abroad
New York - Mr. Thomas H. Bradley, 3d., of Watertown, NY will be awarding the 141st Westminster Kennel Club's Best in Show winner. After a lifetime in the sport, this breed
er, owner and former Westminster Kennel Club Show Chairman will join an elite list of people to preside over "The World's Greatest Dog Show."
Bradley began his involvement in the sport as a teenager exhibiting and later breeding German Shorthaired Pointers, Pointers and Labrador Retrievers under the Luftnase
kennel name. He owned and handled other breeds over the years including Cairn Terriers, Whippets, Cocker Spaniels and more recently Border Terriers experiencing many wins in the ring. In 1989, he was the co-breeder of the top winning dog in the U.S., a Pointer, Ch. Luftnase Albelarm's Bee's Knees, whose record included capturing the Sporting group at the Westminster show.
After 20 years as an exhibitor Bradley received his American Kennel Club license to judge all of the breeds in the Sporting group, Best in Show and Junior Showmanship competitions. His dog sport role changed in 1975 when he joined the Westminster Kennel Club. He held many positions within the club including communications director but is best known for his 15-year tenure as show chairman for the iconic dog show in New York City.
In addition to his position managing the main event during Westminster Week, Bradley is also a founding member and Executive Director of Take the Lead a charitable organization established in 1993 to support people in the sport with terminal or life-threatening illnesses.
This long-standing dog breeder, owner, handler and judge is also the former president of Thomas H. Bradley, Inc., a wholesale hardware company in Watertown, NY established in 1897 by his grandfather.
Mr. Bradley will be selecting his winner from the seven group-winning dogs sent to his ring by a panel of group judges from across the U.S. The group judges officiating at Madison Square Garden the evening of Monday, February 13 will be Mrs. Robert D. (Polly) Smith of St. Stephens Church, VA, Hound; Mrs. Charlotte Patterson of Destin, FL, Toy; Mrs. Anne Bolus of Harrison, TN, Non-Sporting; and Dr. Robert Smith of St. Stephens Church, VA will be judging the Herding group. On Tuesday, February 14 the group judges will be Mrs. Paula Nykiel of Washington, MO, Sporting; Mr. John Ramirez of Downey, CA, Working; and Mr. Kenneth M. McDermott of Newburgh, NY will be judging the Terriers.
For the 84th year a Best Junior Handler will be awarded at Westminster. On Tuesday, February 14, Dr. Steven Herman of Dade City, FL will select the winner at Madison Square Garden. The eight Junior Showmanship finalists will be determined in preliminary rounds by Mrs. Mary Ann Alston of Ocean Pines, MD and Mrs. Joan Savage of Banks, OR.
Overseeing the 4th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on February 11 will be Mr. Paul Moore of Welford, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom and Ms. Ann Riba of Old Mill Creek, IL.
Ms. Lynn F. Eggers of Grapevine, TX will determine the winner of the 2nd Annual Masters Obedience Championship on Monday, February 13.
The judging panel for the Best of Breed or Variety competition held at Piers 92/94 in New York City on Monday and Tuesday, February 13-14, 2017 includes:
(Pending American Kennel Club approval)
Mrs. Mary Ann Alston of Ocean Pines, MD: English Springer Spaniels, Lagotti Romagnolo, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Sussex Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels.
Dr. Steven Herman of Dade City, FL: American Water Spaniels, Boykin Spaniels, Brittanys, Clumber Spaniels, German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers, Pointers, Weimaraners.
Mrs. Joan Savage of Banks, OR: English Setters, Field Spaniels, Flat-Coated Retrievers, Gordon Setters, Irish Setters, Irish Red and White Setters, Irish Water Spaniels, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons.
Mr. Terry Stacy of Chapel Hill, NC: Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers.
Mr. Mark Threlfall of Merrimack, NH: Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly-Coated Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels (all Varieties), English Cocker Spaniels, Spinoni Italiani, Viszlas, Wirehaired Viszlas.
Mrs. Mary Ann Alston of Ocean Pines, MD: American English Coonhounds, American Foxhounds, Black and Tan Coonhounds, Bluetick Coonhounds, Cirnechi dell'Etna, English Foxhounds, Harriers, Plott, Portuguese Podengo Pequenos, Redbone Coonhounds, Sloughis, Treeing Walker Coonhounds.
Mr. Espen Engh of 3405 Lier, Norway: Beagles (both Varieties) Dachshunds (all Varieties).
Mr. Age Gjentes of 3405 Lier, Norway: Borzois, Ibizan Hounds, Whippets.
Dr. Steven Herman of Dade City, FL: Afghan Hounds, Bloodhounds, Greyhounds, Irish Wolfhounds, Pharaoh Hounds, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds.
Mrs. Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna of Pleasant Hill, CA: Basset Hounds.
Mr. James Reynolds of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Basenjis, Otterhounds, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens.
Mr. Jay Richardson of Elgin, IL: Norwegian Elkhounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
Mr. Jon Cole of Nashville, TN: Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Chinooks, Komondorok, Kuvaszok, Leonbergers, Neapolitan Mastiffs, Siberian Huskies.
Mrs. Dorothy Collier of Sapphire, NC: Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Great Pyrenees, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers, Samoyeds, Standard Schnauzers.
Mrs. Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna of Pleasant Hill, CA: Bernese Mountain Dogs, Boxers, Bullmastiffs, Cane Corsos, Giant Schnauzers, St. Bernards.
Mr. Walter Sommerfelt of Lenoir City, TN: Boerboels, Dogues de Bordeaux, German Pinschers, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Tibetan Mastiffs.
Ms. Joyce Vanek of Evergreen, CO: Black Russian Terriers, Doberman Pinschers, Great Danes, Mastiffs, Portuguese Water Dogs.
Mr. Jon Cole of Nashville, TN: American Staffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers (both Varieties), Miniature Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
Ms. Julie Felten of Wauconda, IL: Kerry Blue Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers, Rat Terriers, Russell Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Standard Manchester Terriers, Welsh Terriers.
Mr. Jay Richardson of Elgin, IL: Airedale Terriers, American Hairless Terrier, Border Terriers, Cairn Terriers, Irish Terriers, Miniature Schnauzers, Scottish Terriers, Smooth Fox Terriers and Wire Fox Terriers.
Mr. Bruce Schwartz of Los Angeles, CA: Australian Terriers, Bedlington Terriers, Cesky Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Skye Terriers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, West Highland White Terriers.
Mr. Espen Engh of 3405 Lier, Norway: Affenpinschers, Pekingese, Pomeranians, Yorkshire Terriers.
Mr. Peter Green of Bowmansville, PA: Italian Greyhounds, Toy Poodles, Pugs.
Mrs. Jacqueline Stacy of Chapel Hill, NC: Havanese, Japanese Chin, Maltese.
Ms. Beth Sweigart of Bowmansville, PA: Brussels Griffons, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Chihuahuas (both Varieties), English Toy Spaniels (both Varieties).
Ms. Lee Whittier of Vancouver, WA: Chinese Cresteds, Miniature Pinschers, Papillons, Shih Tzu, Silky Terriers, Toy Fox Terriers, Toy Manchester Terriers.
Mrs. Barbara Alderman of Moon Township, PA: American Eskimo Dogs, Bichon Frises, Chow Chow, Coton De Tulears, Finnish Spitz, French Bulldogs, Lhasa Apsos, Lowchen, Norwegian Lundehunds, Schipperkes, Tibetan Spaniels.
Mr. Jon Cole of Nashville, TN: Bulldogs.
Mr. Peter Green of Bowmansville, PA: Boston Terriers, Standard Poodles and Toy Poodles.  
Mr. Jay Richardson of Elgin, IL: Dalmatians, Keeshonden.
Mrs. Jacqueline Stacy of Chapel Hill, NC: Chinese Shar-Pei, Shiba Inu, Tibetan Terriers, Xoloitzcuintlis.
Mr. Jon Cole of Nashville, TN: Bouviers des Flandres.
Mrs. Dorothy Collier of Sapphire, NC: Australian Shepherds, Bearded Collies, Beaucerons, Briards, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs, Pulik.
Mrs. Kimberly Meredith-Cavanna of Pleasant Hill, CA: German Shepherd Dogs, Pumik.
Mr. James Reynolds of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Border Collies, Canaan Dogs, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Collies (both Varieties), Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Shetland Sheepdogs.
Mr. Walter Sommerfelt of Lenoir City, TN: Australian Cattle Dogs, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Bergamascos, Berger Picards, Entlebucher Mountain Dogs, Finnish Lapphunds, Icelandic Sheepdogs, Miniature American Shepherds, Norwegian Buhunds, Old English Sheepdogs, Pyrenean Shepherds, Spanish Water Dogs, Swedish Vallhunds.
About The Westminster Kennel Club - The Westminster Kennel Club is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.  Established in 1877, Westminster's influence has been felt for more than a century through its famous all-breed, benched dog show held every year at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Today, America's dog show has expanded into Westminster Week which includes the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster, both held at Piers 92/94. More than 3,000 dogs from the US and abroad makes Westminster Week like no other. Westminster. There's only one. Visit us at: www.westminsterkennelclub.orgor follow @WKCDOGS.

A beautifully illustrated collection exploring the delightful diversity of dogs


By Ann DeVito




“Being in the present moment is the way of dogs—Pets teach love and compassion.”

—Dalai Llama

“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.”

—Mark Twain

“The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.”

—Johnny Depp

“All knowledge, the totality of all questions and all answers is contained in the dog.”

—Franz Kafka

“A man is not a good man to me because he will feed me if I should be starving, or warm me if I should be freezing, or pull me out of a ditch if I should ever fall into one. I can find you a Newfoundland dog that will do as much.”

—Henry David Thoreau, Walden



From Schnauzers to Chihuahuas, Mastiffs to Maltipoos, crime-sniffing Blood Hounds to chic Bichons, dogs have charmed humans across the world for centuries with their lovable quirks and appealing personalities. Published in time for the 140th Annual Westminster Dog Show, February 15-16, DOG LOVE (Penguin Books Original; Hardcover; On-Sale: February 2, 2016; 9780143107835; $18.00) is a beautiful and engaging collection of artwork and visual typography that explores the delightful diversity of dogs.

Graphic artist and avowed dog lover Ann DeVito brings man’s best friend and their personalities to life with this collection of vibrant illustrations and snappy descriptions that pay loving homage to pups from all walks of life—no pun intended—from sophisticated, recognized breeds to lovable mutts and everything in between.

  • The American Humane Association reported—after the first Benji movie was released—more than 1 million dogs were adopted from shelters across the country. Powerful awareness and publicity generated by one mutt!
  • Humans use 12 million olfactory receptor cells to smell, dogs use 1 billion—Bloodhounds use 4 billion!
  • MYTH—Greyhounds wear muzzles because they are mean. FACT—Greyhounds wear muzzles while racing to protect themselves from injury during the excitement of a chase.
  • Despite their regal air, ancient history, and over-the-top hairdos, Poodles are not snobs. They were bred to retrieve waterfowl for hunters. In France, they are called caniches, meaning “duck dogs.”
  • Notable Dachshund Owners: Andy Warhol owned two Dachshund puppies, Archie and Amos. Pablo Picasso had a Dachshund muse named Lump.

DeVito would draw daily with her two children. DOG LOVE evolved by drawing the different breeds from The Complete Dog Book, and her children’s love of dogs. Her distinctively bold, whimsical art combined with fun facts and famous quotes results in an elegant book that will delight dog lovers of all kinds.



By Ann DeVito

A Penguin Books Original ▪ Hardcover

On-sale: February 2, 2016 ▪9780143107835 ▪ $18.00

Penguin Random House (http://global.penguinrandomhouse.com/) is the world’s most global trade book publisher. It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively.  Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa, and Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and Brazil; DK worldwide; and Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial’s Spanish-language companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.


The Westminster Kennel Club Announces 
New Director of Communications
Gail Miller Bisher, a long-time communications professional as well as dog show judge and exhibitor, has been named Director of Communications for The Westminster Kennel Club. She replaces David Frei, who has moved on to other opportunities but will be hosting his last telecast of the Dog Show in 2016 on CNBC (Monday, Feb. 15) and USA Network (Tuesday, Feb. 16) from 8-10pm ET.
Bisher (pronounced By-sher) has more than 30 years of experience in the dog world as a handler, trainer, writer and spokesperson. She is an AKC-licensed conformation judge and Canine Good Citizen evaluator, with a background including conformation, obedience, herding and earthdog trials.
Professionally, she has handled marketing, business development and public relations for The American Kennel Club as well as various dog websites. She has appeared in major media including NBC's Today show, the New York Times and CNN as well as handling radio media tours nationwide.
Bisher's history with The Westminster Kennel Club began when she won second place in Junior Showmanship at the WKC show, and she has worked in the press room and produced video segments at The Westminster Dog Show in past years.
"We are delighted to have Gail Bisher as the new face of The Westminster Kennel  Club," said Club President Mr. Sean W. McCarthy. "Her experience in the dog world combined with her high level of qualifications as a Communications professional ensure that the 140-year legacy of The Westminster Kennel Club is in good hands."
Westminster Show Chair Mr. Thomas H. Bradley, 3d., seconded the confidence: "Gail is a pleasure to work with as well as a consummate communications pro," he said.
For her part, Bisher could not be happier. "For someone who loves dogs as I do, there is nothing more exciting than to be part of The Westminster Kennel Club - the premier organization in our sport and such a strong voice for all dogs," she stated.
Assisting Bisher in the Communications Department this year are Katherine Wright, a third-generation terrier breeder and exhibitor, and Terri Cude, who spent many years in dog sports along with having 30+ years' experience in the communications field.

Over 3,000 dogs representing all 50 states and more come to New York

to compete in three different events.


The 140th Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show, on Monday and Tuesday, February 15-16, 2016 in New York City, reached a combined entry this year of over 3,000 dogs in three competitions. This world-famous dog show has a long history of bringing the best examples of their breeds to the viewing public as the second-longest continuously held sporting event in this country, beginning in 1877. In 2014 the show expanded to include the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and new this year is the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster. Continuing a tradition to display only the highest level in the sport, this competition was an invitation-only event for top-ranked obedience dogs.

This 140th premier dog show drew an entry of 2,752 dogs. There are 199 breeds and varieties eligible for this year’s show. The breeds with the largest entries are Labrador Retrievers (51), followed by Golden Retrievers (50) and French Bulldogs (48). Plus, seven breeds are making their first Westminster appearance this year: Sporting Group - Lagotto Romagnolo (9), Hound Group - Cirneco dell’Etna (10), Working Group - Boerboel (11), and Herding Group - Berger Picard (20), Miniature American Shepherd (14), Bergamasco (8) and Spanish Water Dog (10). There are 130 foreign entries and 91 entries in Junior Showmanship. Dog show judging at the breed level, along with benching and Junior Showmanship preliminary competition, will take place on Piers 92/94 at 711 12th Ave. in New York City. Group and Best In Show judging, as well as the Junior Showmanship Finals, will be held at the world-renowned Madison Square Garden on Monday and Tuesday evenings, as has been the case virtually every year since the show began in 1877.

The third annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster will take place on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Pier 94. There are 330 dogs entered representing 28 states with the largest numbers coming from New Jersey (81), New York (75) and Connecticut (31). The competition will feature dogs of all breeds and mixed breed dogs (All American dogs) showing spectators and the television audience why the American Kennel Club calls agility “the most exciting canine sport for spectators.” Finals will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 from 8-10 p.m. ET.

Along with the agility competition on Saturday will be the 7th Annual AKC Meet the Breeds. This is the second year for the popular Meet & Compete event. This a joint effort between Westminster and the American Kennel Club provides an opportunity for people to interact with over 100 breeds and learn about responsible dog ownership. Due to strong response last year, Meet the Breeds has expanded to both Piers.

Monday, February 15, 2016 marks the inaugural Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster. The nation’s top obedience dogs were invited to fill a limited 35-dog entry. Competition will consist of existing AKC approved Open and Utility Exercises with some modifications. Exercises will include hand signals, retrieving over high jump and scent discrimination. There are 34 dogs from 17 states led by New Jersey and Ohio with 5 each. Golden Retrievers represent the largest entry with 13. Like agility, the obedience competition was open to both purebred and mixed-breed dogs at the highest level of the sport. Competition will be held at Pier 94.

The evening Group competition will be televised live each night from 8-11 p.m. ET. Monday’s telecast of the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups will be on CNBC. Tuesday’s telecast will be on USA Network and will include the Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups, as well as Best In Show. Televised since 1948, Westminster will once again be America’s most widely-watched live telecast of a dog show. Breed judging during daytime hours will be posted with live streaming video and results on westminsterkennelclub.org and the Westminster App.

All Westminster week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan.

Tickets are available through westminsterkennelclub.org.

140th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Entries       (subject to final audit)

Entries have come from 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and 12 foreign countries. New York has the most entries with 270, while California follows with 219. Rounding out the top five states are Pennsylvania (203), New Jersey (190), and a tie for fifth with Florida and Ohio (118).

The 12 foreign entries are led by Canada with 113. Dogs are also entered from Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Slovenia and Thailand. Many other foreign-owned dogs are entered from U.S. addresses, and in the final compilation there will certainly be additional foreign countries represented.

Sporting breeds (476):  Brittanys 13, Lagotti Romagnoli 9, Pointers 22, Pointers (German Shorthaired) 34, Pointers (German Wirehaired) 7, Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay) 17, Retrievers (Curly-Coated) 5, Retrievers (Flat-Coated) 22, Retrievers (Golden) 50, Retrievers (Labrador) 51, Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) 15, Setters (English) 29, Setters (Gordon) 10, Setters (Irish) 18, Setters (Irish Red & White) 7, Spaniels (American Water) 1, Spaniels (Boykin) 5, Spaniels (Clumber) 7, Spaniels (Cocker) ASCOB 6, Spaniels (Cocker) Black 11, Spaniels (Cocker) Parti-Color 8, Spaniels (English Cocker) 15, Spaniels (English Springer) 27, Spaniels (Field) 10, Spaniels (Irish Water) 5, Spaniels (Sussex) 4, Spaniels (Welsh Springer) 8, Spinoni Italiani 11, Vizslas 28, Weimaraners 12, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons 5, Wirehaired Vizslas 4.

Hound breeds (390): Afghan Hounds 25, American English Coonhounds 2, American Foxhounds 3, Basenjis 13, Basset Hounds 12, Beagles (13”) 11, Beagles (15”) 21, Black and Tan Coonhounds 8, Bloodhounds 9, Bluetick Coonhounds 4, Borzois 18, Cirnechi dell’Etna 10, Dachshunds (Longhaired) 14, Dachshunds (Smooth) 21, Dachshunds (Wirehaired) 28, English Foxhounds 2, Greyhounds 14, Harriers 1, Ibizan Hounds 8, Irish Wolfhounds 9, Norwegian Elkhounds 11, Otterhounds 6, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens 16, Pharaoh Hounds 16, Plotts 4, Portuguese Podengo Pequenos 14, Redbone Coonhounds 6, Rhodesian Ridgebacks 38, Salukis 7, Scottish Deerhounds 5, Treeing Walker Coonhounds 4, Whippets 30.

Working breeds (448): Akitas 12, Alaskan Malamutes 8, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs 1, Bernese Mountain Dogs 27, Black Russian Terriers 15, Boerboels 11, Boxers 19, Bullmastiffs 19, Cane Corsos 15, Chinooks 0, Doberman Pinschers 28, Dogues de Bordeaux 18, German Pinschers 5, Giant Schnauzers 14, Great Danes 28, Great Pyrenees 15, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs 13, Komondorok 2, Kuvaszok 4, Leonbergers 20, Mastiffs 17, Neapolitan Mastiffs 1, Newfoundlands 13, Portuguese Water Dogs 21, Rottweilers 28, St. Bernards 6, Samoyeds 25, Siberian Huskies 39, Standard Schnauzers 14, Tibetan Mastiffs 10.

Terrier breeds (319):  Airedale Terriers 19, American Staffordshire Terriers 7, Australian Terriers 11, Bedlington Terriers 16, Border Terriers 18, Bull Terriers (Colored) 2, Bull Terriers (White) 3, Cairn Terriers 12, Cesky Terriers 10, Dandie Dinmont Terriers 3, Fox Terriers (Smooth) 11, Fox Terriers (Wire) 11, Glen of Imaal Terriers 9, Irish Terriers 2, Kerry Blue Terriers 16, Lakeland Terriers 11, Manchester Terriers (Standard) 6, Miniature Bull Terriers 10, Miniature Schnauzers 11, Norfolk Terriers 9, Norwich Terriers 14, Parson Russell Terriers 5, Rat Terriers 7, Russell Terriers 19, Scottish Terriers 10, Sealyham Terriers 2, Skye Terriers 5, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers 18, Staffordshire Bull Terriers 16, Welsh Terriers 9, West Highland White Terriers 17.

Toy breeds (345): Affenpinschers 6, Brussels Griffons 8, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 39, Chihuahuas (Long Coat) 17, Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) 17, Chinese Cresteds 22, English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles) 6, English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby) 6, Havanese 24, Italian Greyhounds 14, Japanese Chin 6, Maltese 18, Manchester Terriers (Toy) 6, Miniature Pinschers 10, Papillons 16, Pekingese 9, Pomeranians 17, Poodles (Toy) 7, Pugs 31, Shih Tzu 14, Silky Terriers 9, Toy Fox Terriers 11, Yorkshire Terriers 32.

Non-Sporting breeds (281): American Eskimo Dogs 7, Bichon Frises 14, Boston Terriers 27, Bulldogs 15, Chinese Shar-Pei 8, Chow Chows 5, Coton De Tulears 9, Dalmatians 24, Finnish Spitz 2, French Bulldogs 48, Keeshonden 15, Lhasa Apsos 13, Lowchen 5, Norwegian Lundehunds 0, Poodles (Miniature) 11, Poodles (Standard) 17, Schipperkes 13, Shiba Inu 14, Tibetan Spaniels 12, Tibetan Terriers 15, Xoloitzcuintlis 7.

Herding breeds (369): Australian Cattle Dogs 11, Australian Shepherds 42, Bearded Collies 15, Beaucerons 7, Belgian Malinois 16, Belgian Sheepdogs 14, Belgian Tervuren 13, Bergamascos 8, Berger Picards 20, Border Collies 17, Bouviers des Flandres 11, Briards 14, Canaan Dogs 6, Cardigan Welsh Corgis 16, Collies (Rough) 12, Collies (Smooth) 16, Entlebucher Mountain Dogs 5, Finnish Lapphunds 5, German Shepherd Dogs 11, Icelandic Sheepdogs 9, Miniature American Shepherds 14, Norwegian Buhunds 4, Old English Sheepdogs 17, Pembroke Welsh Corgis 18, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs 12, Pulik 2, Pyrenean Shepherds 9, Shetland Sheepdogs 13, Spanish Water Dogs 10, Swedish Vallhunds 2.

Entries by state:Alaska 3, Alabama 16, Arkansas 5, Arizona 24, California 219, Colorado 37, Connecticut 116, Delaware 13, Florida 118, Georgia 54, Hawaii 11, Idaho 9, Illinois 65, Indiana 41, Iowa 9, Kansas 9, Kentucky 26, Louisiana 24, Maine 7, Maryland 79, Massachusetts 102, Michigan 82, Minnesota 40, Mississippi 6, Missouri 28, Montana 3, Nebraska 9, Nevada 11, New Hampshire 23, New Jersey 190, New Mexico 8, New York 270, North Carolina 80, North Dakota 1, Ohio 118, Oklahoma 36, Oregon 15, Pennsylvania 203, Rhode Island 14, South Carolina 48, South Dakota 4, Tennessee 31, Texas 113, Utah 7, Vermont 13, Virginia 113, Washington 66, West Virginia 8, Wisconsin 40, Wyoming 4.

Others: District of Columbia 3, Puerto Rico 1, Argentina 1, Canada 113, Brazil 1, France 1, Germany 4, Italy 1, Japan 3, Malaysia 1, Mexico 3, Norway 3, Slovenia 1, Thailand 1.

Junior Showmanship: 91

Best In Show judge: Dr. Richard Meen of Toronto, Canada.

Group judges: Ms. Bonnie Threlfall of Cary, NC, Sporting; Ms. Virginia Lyne of Saanichton, B.C., Canada, Hound; Mr. Norman Kenney of Crossroads, TX, Working; Mr. Geir Flyckt-Pedersen of Pinehurst, NC, Terrier; Mr. Jason Hoke of Madison, WI, Toy; Mr. Luc Boileau of Lake Geneva, WI, Non-Sporting; and Ms. Dorothy Collier of Sapphire, NC, Herding. Dr. Wyatt Delfino of New York, NY, will judge the Junior Showmanship finals.


3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Entries

There are 330 dogs entered representing 28 states with the largest numbers coming from New Jersey (81), New York (75) and Connecticut (31).


The breeds with the largest entries are Border Collies (49), Shetland Sheepdogs (29), All American Dogs (26), Papillons (19) and in 5th a tie between Golden Retrievers (17) and the combined Poodle varieties (17).


Agility entries by breed (330): Alaskan Malamutes 2, All American Dogs 26, American Staffordshire Terriers 4, Australian Shepherds 14, Basenjis 1, Beagles 2, Bearded Collies 4, Beaucerons 1, Belgian Malinois 2, Belgian Tervuren 1, Berger Picards 1, Bichon Frises 3, Border Collies 49, Boston Terriers 1, Boxers 4, Briards 1, Brittanys 1, Brussels Griffons 1, Bull Terriers 1, Cardigan Welsh Corgis 1, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 9, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers 1, Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) 1, Chinese Cresteds 3, Cocker Spaniels 9, Cotons de Tulear 1, Dachshunds 1, Dalmatians 2, Doberman Pinschers 2, English Springer Spaniels 4, Field Spaniels 1, German Shepherd Dogs 3, German Wirehaired Pointers 1, Giant Schnauzers 1, Glen of Imaal Terriers 1, Golden Retrievers 17, Icelandic Sheepdogs 1, Irish Red & White Setters 2, Irish Setters 2, Labrador Retrievers 14, Lagotti Romagnoli 1, Lowchens 1, Miniature American Shepherds 4, Miniature Schnauzers 4, Nederlandse Kooikerhondje 1, Norfolk Terriers 1, Norwegian Elkhounds 1, Norwich Terriers 2, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers 3, Papillons 19, Parson Russell Terriers 3, Pembroke Welsh Corgis 10, Pointers 1, Pomeranians 4, Poodles 12, Poodles (Miniature) 1, Poodles (Standard) 2, Poodles (Toy) 2, Portuguese Water Dogs 6, Pugs 1, Rat Terriers 2, Retrievers (Curly-Coated) 1, Rhodesian Ridgebacks 1, Rottweilers 5, Russell Terriers 1, Schipperkes 1, Scottish Terriers 1, Shetland Sheepdogs 29, Shiba Inu 1, Siberian Huskies 1, Sussex Spaniels 1, Toy Fox Terriers 1, Vizslas 2, Weimaraners 1, Welsh Springer Spaniels 1, Welsh Terriers 1, West Highland White Terriers 2, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons 1, Yorkshire Terriers 2.

Agility entries by state: Arizona 4, California 18, Colorado 1, Connecticut 31, Delaware 4, Florida 2, Georgia 1, Illinois 6, Indiana 1, Kansas 1, Louisiana 2, Massachusetts 20, Maryland 6, Michigan 2, North Carolina 4, New Hampshire 11, New Jersey 81, New Mexico 2, New York 75, Ohio 12, Pennsylvania 27, Rhode Island 2, South Carolina 1, Tennessee 2, Texas 3, Virginia 9, Vermont 2, Washington 1.

Judges: Ms. Kitty Bradley of Boulder, CO and Mr. Nalle Jannson, Röke, Sweden.

Inaugural Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster Entries


Obedience Entries by Breed (34): Belgian Tervuren 2, Border Collies 4, Doberman Pinschers 1, German Shepherd Dogs 2, German Shorthaired Pointers 1, Golden Retrievers 13, Labrador Retrievers 4, Papillons 1, Pomeranians 1, Poodles (Toy) 1, Rottweilers 1, Shetland Sheepdogs 2, Standard Schnauzers 1.

Obedience Entries by State (17): California 2, Connecticut 1, Florida 1, Georgia 1, Illinois 2, Louisiana 1, Maryland 4, Michigan 2, North Dakota 1, New Jersey 5, New York 3, Ohio 5, Pennsylvania 1, South Carolina 2, Tennessee 1, Wisconsin 1, Washington 1.

Judge: Ms. Sharon Ann Redmer of Whitmore Lake, MI.


All entry counts are subject to final audit.



About AKC Meet the BreedsFrom Akitas to Xoloitzcuintlis and everything in between, AKC Meet the Breeds is brought to you by exclusive pet care sponsor Purina Pro Plan. The seventh annual event gives dog lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with more than 100 different breeds in booths individually decorated to depict each breed’s country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet, all while learning about responsible dog ownership and which breeds may be right for them.  Event sponsors include PetPartners, AKCSM Visa® Card, Motel 6, and Ameriprise. For more information, visit www.akc.org/meetthebreeds.

About The Westminster Kennel Club – Established in 1877, The Westminster Kennel Club (www.westminsterkennelclub.org) is America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.

Its world-famous benched dog show is America’s second-longest continuously-held sporting event in America, behind only the Kentucky Derby.

About Purina Pro Plan – Purina Pro Plan is proud to be the food of choice for the past nine Westminster Best in Show winners and 94 of the top 100 AKC All-Breed Champions.* With more than 400 on staff scientists, veterinarians and nutritionists, it’s our goal to provide a dog with the nutrition he needs to be his absolute best, to help keep him energetic and resilient, and to maintain an ideal body condition, healthy skin and a stunning coat. Consumers can learn more about our 80+ formulas and discover the right diet to meet the needs of any dog, from competitive canine athletes, to dogs living the life of leisure, by visiting www.proplan.com or following @ProPlan on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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The American Kennel Club, founded in 1884, 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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