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More information on the series and the contestants can be found below. On the surface, this is a global unscripted series that celebrates the unrivaled bond between dogs and their human companions, hosted by the talented and charismatic Olympic gold-medalist Lindsey Vonn and her canine co-host Lucy. In reality though, this series is so much more than that.
ABOUT THE TEAMS
Brian Calvert & Dixie (Camby, IN) – Dixie is a 5-year-old Old Bluetick Coonhound. She’s a therapy dog for veterans and a deer tracking dog. She’s known as “Dixie The Praying Dog” because Brian taught her how to ‘bow’ down to pray and say thank you to Veterans on command. Brian is a 47-year-old man from Camby, Indiana. Half of the week, Brian drives semi-trucks while taking Dixie to public appearances and events for the rest of the week. Both Brian and Dixie have dedicated their lives to helping Veterans, kids, and anyone who might need a smile. Brian and Dixie have a custom Jeep Wrangler with Dixie’s signature logo on it. They drive around in the Jeep participating in parades, escorting charity motorcycle rides, and escorting veterans’ funerals.
Chelsey Lowe & Gryffin (Newport Beach, CA) – Gryffin and Chelsey currently live in Newport Beach, California, where they enjoy doing activities such as surfing, stand up paddle boarding, yoga, beach volleyball, and anything else outdoors. Chelsey played college volleyball at UC Santa Barbara and is a yoga instructor. Chelsey found Gryffin at just seven weeks old about seven years ago, on her way home from a trip, and Gryffin hasn’t left her side since. They do everything together. Chelsey even brings her to work, teaching her yoga classes with Gryffin by her side!
Chisum Joe Johnson & Kepo (Cogar, OK) – Kepo joined Chisum’s family in 2017. Chisum initially got Kepo as a friend to his older dog (who has since passed) and a new friend for him. Chisum began to train Kepo as a tracking pup, and through that, they grew a close bond. Chisum didn’t realize how smart a dog could be until he befriended Kepo. Chisum credits Kepo for keeping him grounded after a stressful day at the fire station.
Daniel Reese & Allister (Chicago, IL) – Four years ago, Daniel Reese was blessed to be in the right place at the right time rescuing Allister, his sweet Wired Haired Rat Terrier, making him Daniel’s forever fur best friend. Allister is always ready for the next big adventure. Daniel gets so much love from Allister that he now wants to share that feeling with the world.
Donna Modafferi & Charlie (New York City, NY) – Donna Modafferi and her Schnoodle-Schnauzer-Poodle, Charlie, currently reside in New York City. Donna fell in love with Charlie’s adorable face from a photo she saw online – proving there is such a thing as love at first sight. When Donna brought Charlie home in July 2016, Charlie fit into Donna’s little family perfectly and has brought them so much joy and love ever since.
Josh White & Snow (West Hollywood, CA) – Josh has a 3-year-old Standard Poodle named Snow. Joshloves to groom Snow, changing up her look to then go out and take photos of her! Snow enjoys all the attention and all the love, but most of all, she just enjoys spending time with Josh – and Josh enjoys spending all his time with her!
Kioni “Kentucky” Russell Gallahue & Derby (San Diego, CA) – Kentucky got Derby from a loving family that realized that they couldn’t take care of him and needed to re-home him. Kentucky took him in, and they have been best friends ever since. Once living with Kentucky, Derby discovered a whole new world, and Kentucky helped give Derby the confidence to enjoy and explore it. Derby came into Kentucky’s life at a low point, and he helped get Kentucky through the hard times and start a new life in San Diego. Together they are inseparable. They love to surf, ride motorcycles, and find new, fun, crazy activities together.
Linh Iacona & Chance (Brooklyn, NY) – After suddenly losing Linh’s first dog, a senior rescue, she searched on Petfinder and found Chance (who at the time was called Griff). She drove 8 hours that day to pick him up at his foster home. At only six weeks old, he was found homeless roaming the streets of Kentucky, then transported to Pennsylvania to be fostered. She adopted Chance at three and a half months old, and now he’s living his best life in Brooklyn.
Lucy Riles & Duchess (Woodland Hills, CA) – Duchess is an 8-year-old Black Lab that loves tennis balls and playing fetch with Lucy, a Stay-at-Home Mom of four kids, two dogs and wife to one husband. Duchess and Lucy’s bond began when Duchess was four months old. With a toddler and baby already in tow, Lucy decided to adopt Duchess from Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue. But as the years went on, it’s pretty clear that Duchess was the one doing the rescuing all along. The unconditional love, security, companionship and emotional support Duchess has provided Lucy and her kids has gotten their family through some of life’s most devastating losses and obstacles. Not only has Duchess saved the lives and hearts of Lucy and her family, but Duchess is also about to win over your hearts as well! This duo may be the oldest female team on The Pack and viewed as a couple of underdogs...but never underestimate the inner strength of a mom and her lab. Lucy and Duchess are here to prove you CAN teach an old dog (and old broad) new tricks!
Mark LeBlanc & Ace (Salt Lake City, UT) – Mark is a 31-year-old mechanical engineer and professional photographer with a furry best friend named Ace, a 10-year-old Border Collie. Mark specifically wanted a breed that could match his physical abilities and intensity—Ace was exactly that for him. They love to push themselves to the limit in the mountains. Living in Salt Lake City, Utah, they are always active outdoors doing things like rock climbing, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, and trail running. At six months old, Ace was catching frisbees 30 yards away, and at ten years old, a ten-mile trail run is simply a warm-up. Together, Mark and Ace have an unbreakable bond and a thrill for adventure.
Mitra Najibeh Yosri & Bozley (Los Angeles, CA) – Nine years ago, Mitra Yosri met Bozley, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. Bozley escorted Mitra when she made the life-changing decision to move from Utah to Los Angeles, and they do absolutely everything together. With the unconditional love and companionship that Bozley has always provided her, Mitra has been able to take risks and pursue her dreams. Today, Mitra and Bozley enjoy cuddling and hiking through the hills of Eagle Rock and sharing food. Mitra is most happy at home with Bozley and her two cats. Bozley is happiest trying to catch flies and never leaving Mitra’s side.
Vania Zuniga & Jax (Long Beach, CA) – Jax is a goofy three-year-old Golden Retriever who loves to be attached to Vania’s hip (unless there is a squirrel around). This pair loves to spend their time soaking up the sun at the beach. Jax loves to put a smile on anyone’s face, but be careful because his dog hair is contagious!
ABOUT THE SHOW
At stake is a life-changing monetary prize for the winning duo ($500,000) and the animal charity of their choice ($250,000). Additionally, THE PACK donated $250,000 during filming to multiple charities and animal rescue organizations in each country, helping to pay it forward to dogs and those who love them around the world. To win the monetary prize for themselves and their charity, the teams depended on their understanding of one another’s strengths and weaknesses In order to prove to have the strongest bond in the pack. In each locale, the human and dog duos faced fun and exciting challenges, designed in concert with a team of accredited veterinarians and certified dog experts that also accompanied the group on their exciting journey, making sure it was a positive and safe experience for everyone.
The competitors range from veterans to mothers to celebrity dog hairstylists – and their precious pups range from young to old, nervous to confident and comforting to competitive. Teams began in their journeys in their home states of Indiana, Oklahoma, New York, California and beyond – and acclimated to new climates, countries, altitudes and adventures along the way.
All in, the series emphasizes the incredible relationships humans and dogs are able to form throughout life’s hurdles, and the passion true dog lovers possess, as seen by the donations of hard-earned funds to charities that exist in support of these animals.
New York, N.Y. – The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world's largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce the winners of the first ever AKC Agility Premier Cup Presented by EEM which was held in conjunction with the Longines Masters of New York at NYCB Live at the newly renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 25th.
“It was thrilling to watch some of the nation’s top dogs compete at the inaugural AKC Agility Cup Presented by EEM,” said Doug Ljungren, AKC Executive Vice President of Sports and Events. “These dogs were invited based on criteria that recognizes excellence in AKC’s Agility program and it was a pleasure to honor these incredible performances as the winners were crowned.”
This family-friendly event marked the first time AKC Agility was held at an Equestrian event, demonstrating the amazing abilities of both horses and dogs in their respective sports. The top 60 canine agility competitors and their handlers from around the country were invited to compete at the Invitational.
A total of twelve dogs were entered at each jump height (8”,12”, 16”, 20”, and 24”) competing for $10,000 in cash prizes. The first-place winners in each jump height received $1,500 and will
have their names engraved on the AKC Agility Premier Cup trophy that will be displayed in perpetuity in the AKC New York Headquarters. Second-place winners in each jump height received $500 each.
The AKC Agility Cup Presented by EEM Winners:
First place winner and runner-up in each height division (8", 12", 16", 20" and 24” respectively):
8” First Place: A Papillon known as “Wren,” handled by Betsey Lynch of Delaware, OH.
8” Second Place: An All-American Dog known as “Logan,” handled by Kim Barton of Johnstown, OH.
12” First Place: A Miniature American Shepherd known as “Pixel,” handled by Ami Sheffield of Omaha, NE.
12” Second Place: A Poodle known as “Bliss,” handled by Cassie Schmidt of Lees Summit, MO.
16” First Place: A Border Collie known as “P!nk,” handled by Jennifer Crank of Pickerington, OH.
16” Second Place: An Australian Cattle Dog known as “Skoal,” handled by Martine Kopka of Rosenberg, TX.
20” First Place: A Border Collie known as “Graphite,” handled by Paulena Simpson of Berkeley Springs, WV.
20” Second Place: An Australian Shepherd known as “Holster,” handled by Wendy Cerilli of Greenwich, NY.
24” First Place: An All-American Dog known as “Harley,” handled by Erin Stumler of Floyds Knobs, IN.
24” Second Place: A Belgian Malinois known as “Luna,” handled by Shane Miller of Moline, IL.
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About the American Kennel Club
Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.
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Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out 4 paws
Annapurna Pictures, Amazon Studios, Montreal Casting, Plan B Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment present an R rated, 101 minute, Comedy, Drama, Music film directed and written by Mike White with a theater release date of September 15, 2017.
HALLMARK CHANNEL’S ‘KITTEN SUMMER GAMES’
LET THE GAMES BEGIN
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5!
Hallmark Channel, the official home of kitten sports, presents “Kitten Summer Games,” premiering Friday, August 5 (8pm ET/PT, 7C). The inaugural event is hosted by Beth Stern with announcers Mary Carillo and David Frei and features the nation’s most athletic and adoptable kittens competing in a series of sporting events. Cat-letes will compete in competitions including kitten gymnastics with balance beam, uneven bars, rings and floor exercises, de-CAT-hlon with track and field, pole vault and high jump, as well as volleyball, tennis and wrestling. Who will bring home a gold, silver or bronze medal?
Hallmark Channel continues its partnership with North Shore Animal League America and Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation for “Kitten Summer Games.” All 90 kittens featured in “Kitten Summer Games” have been adopted into loving homes. The network also partners with North Shore Animal League America and their shelter partners across the country who will be hosting “Kitten Summer Games” adoption parties the weekend prior to the premiere. This year alone, the partnership has resulted in over 1,000 feline adoptions. “Kitten Summer Games” is part of Crown Media Family Networks’ corporate goal of partnering with animal welfare associations nationwide to help empty animal shelters and find loving homes for all shelter pets.
Bleecker Street Media, Gail Katz Productions, MICA Entertainment and Material Pictures present PG-13, 114 minute, Biography, Drama, directed by Edward Zwick, screenplay by Steven Knight and story by Stephen J. Rivele with a theater release date of September 16, 2015.
Walt Disney Pictures and Mayhem Pictures present a 128 minute, PG, Drama, directed by Niki Caro and written by Christopher Cleveland with a theater release date of February 20, 2015.
David Frei, one of the most authoritative voices in the dog show world, is a natural choice to serve as the expert analyst for NBC’s The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®.
An American Kennel Club (AKC)-licensed judge who has officiated dog shows all over the world, Frei has hosted USA Network’s coverage of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show from Madison Square Garden since 1990 and has a myriad of other television credits. He has co-hosted the National Dog Show since its inception in 2002.
In 2011, Frei published Angel on a Leash (BowTie Press), which tells of his years of experience and work with therapy dogs. His first book, The Angel By My Side (Hay House), published in 2002 with Mike Lingenfelter, tells the true story of the Delta Society Service Dog of the Year that helped save a man suffering from numerous heart complications. The book claimed two Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) awards in 2002.
In the dog show world, Frei has enjoyed much competitive success as a breeder/handler/owner of Afghan Hounds and Brittanys. Despite this competitive success, Frei is most proud of the work that his dogs do in therapy efforts, visiting patients and families at the Ronald McDonald House of New York and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Frei is the Director of Communications for the Westminster Kennel Club, and before that, was the Director of Media Relations for the American Kennel Club. He is the founder and chief executive of Angel on a Leash, a non-profit foundation that facilitates therapy dog visits to patients in hospitals and healthcare facilities around the country. He is a member of the Sports Council for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and volunteers at Transfiguration Church and School in New York’s Chinatown.
Frei has held public relations positions with the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and ABC-TV Sports in New York. He lives in New York City with his wife Cherilyn, the Chaplain and Director of Family Support at the Ronald McDonald House in New York.
Fido Football and Game Day Festivities will Benefit Homeless Pets
MORRISTOWN, N.J., January 21, 2014--The "Big Game" is coming to New Jersey and Morris Animal Inn is celebrating with a football game of its own for Fido. The Barker Bowl will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 28 and will feature a four-legged lineup of jersey-clad canine athletes ready to play for a paws cause. Kickoff is at 10 a.m.
Doggie tackles, ball tugs and touchdowns will highlight the spirited competition. With traditional “Big Game” fanfare, Morris Animal Inn will transform its outdoor play yard into a stadium-like atmosphere complete with a pooch-sized playing field, goal posts and a “tail-gating” area for fans. Morris Animal Inn staff will serve as referees and score keepers.
A portion of the proceeds from the Barker Bowl will benefit the Animal Welfare Federation of New Jersey (AWFNJ). Incorporated in 1995, the AWFNJ acts as a unifying voice for the animal protection community. The AWFNJ advocates on animal welfare legislation; encourages the enforcement of animal cruelty laws; conducts programs to elevate the quality of care for animals.
Game Day festivities will include:
Fido football, doggie touchdowns and prizes
Souvenir photo trading cards for each dog
“Tail-gating” refreshments with Bowser Beer and Puppy Pretzels
Souvenir take-home hot dog and hamburger squeaky toys
To reserve your dog’s spot in the line-up, call 973-539-0377 ext. 5. Reservations must be made in advance and are $59 for the entire day. For information, visit www.morrisanimalinn.com.
ABOUT MORRIS ANIMAL INN
Morris Animal Inn is a full-service, luxury pet resort for dogs and cats located in Morristown, NJ. Established in 1960, the award-winning country inn is a state-of-the-art facility that offers lodging, spa services, grooming, day care and camp. For more information call 973-539-0377 or visit www.morrisanimalinn.com.
ELITE COMPETITION, NEW BREEDS AND MORE
IN NATIONAL DOG SHOW PRESENTED BY PURINA®
THANKSGIVING DAY ON NBC FOLLOWING MACY’S PARADE
Holiday TV Special, Hosted by John O’Hurley & David Frei,
Also Airing Saturday Night in Primetime on NBC
New York, NY – The NBC Thanksgiving Day special, “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®,” will crown one of America’s great purebreds as its 2013 champion on Thanksgiving Day, bringing canine competition and entertainment into America’s living rooms for the 12th year.
The holiday special (noon-2 p.m. in all time zones) follows the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC and is watched annually by a total of almost 20 million viewers. Over 175 breeds vie for Best in Show honors in the tradition-rich Kennel Club of Philadelphia competition. An encore presentation will air on NBC in primetime on Saturday, November 30, from 8-10 p.m. ET.
“Families now know to find the National Dog Show Presented by Purina® on Thanksgiving Day at noon following the Macy’s Parade,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “With the encore presentation Saturday night, these great dogs get to show their stuff in primetime for the second consecutive year.”
The special is a celebration of America’s fascination with man’s best friend, hosted by beloved TV personality John O’Hurley, best known as “J. Peterman” on Seinfeld. O’Hurley is joined by expert analyst David Frei, the voice of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on USA Network and America’s foremost authority on the sport.
The National Dog Show also boasts a powerful online presence at www.NBCSports.com and at www.NationalDogShow.com. Because of heavy interest from breed enthusiasts around the world, those platforms offer a look at every dog in the group competition, featuring the walks and judging of all the breed-winning canines. The online video will include extensive highlights from the TV special and video from the 11 past Best in Show winners. The sites will also feature behind the scenes photos and video, capturing all of the backstage energy generated by 1,500-plus eager canines.
Unlike traditional dog show coverage, the two-hour special’s unique content is facilitated by the open format of the event, one of only four remaining “benched” shows in which the dogs are on display all day for the visiting public.
The show will spotlight three new AKC-recognized breeds, the Portugese Podengo Pequeno, the Rat Terrier and the Chinook, making their television and major-event debuts.
The National Dog Show Presented by Purina takes place on Saturday, November 16, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center as part of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s annual cluster of all-breed shows.
The producer of the event is Carson International of Ketchum, ID, the world’s most prominent producer and packager of canine events for live audiences and television.