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A beautifully illustrated collection exploring the delightful diversity of dogs

DOG LOVE

By Ann DeVito

 
   

 

From DOG LOVE:

“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.

 
   

DOG LOVE

By Ann DeVito

A Penguin Books Original ▪ Hardcover

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

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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.

 

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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.

*The handler or owner of these champions may have received Pro Plan dog food as Purina ambassadors.

 

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.

To become a fan of the AKC on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/americankennelclub. To follow the AKC on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/akcdoglovers.


- The American Hairless Terrier and Sloughi Join the Pack -
New York – The American Kennel Club (AKC®) announces the full recognition of the American
Hairless Terrier and the Sloughi, raising the total number of AKC dog breeds to 189.
“We’re excited to welcome these two unique breeds into the AKC family,” said AKC
spokesperson Gina DiNardo. “Both breeds make wonderful companions for the right family. If a
dog lover is interested in the American Hairless Terrier, Sloughi or any other AKC breed, we
encourage them to visit www.akc.org to learn more about the breed and determine if they’re a fit
for their lifestyle.”
Joining the Terrier group, the American Hairless Terrier is a small to
medium sized, active terrier. Ancestors of the breed were bred to hunt rats
and other vermin, and today the breed excels in many AKC dog sports. The
breed comes in both a hairless and coated variety, although the coated
dogs still carry the hairless gene. The AHT is well known for its propensity
for fewer allergic reactions than other breeds, allowing them into homes of
many allergy sufferers. The breed is energetic, alert, curious and intelligent.
For more information, visit http://www.ahtca.info/.
Joining the Hound group, the Sloughi is a medium-sized, smooth-coated,
athletic sighthound. An ancient breed, it is treasured in North Africa for its
hunting skills, speed, agility, and endurance over long distances. The
breed is noble and somewhat reserved, with a gentle, melancholy
expression. The breed must be exercised on leash or in a large fenced
area since it will run after anything that catches its fancy. Its smooth coat
requires a weekly brushing. For more information, visit http://sloughiinternational.
com/.
Both breeds became eligible to compete in their respective AKC groups on January 1, 2016.
To become an AKC recognized breed there must be a minimum number of dogs geographically
distributed throughout the U.S., as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and
breeders. Breeds working towards full recognition are recorded in AKC’s Foundation Stock
Service® (FSS®). Additional information on the process can be found at akc.org.
Hi-res images are available for download HERE.
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About the American Kennel Club
Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest
registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The
AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and
breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its
affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine
health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog
ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules
and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure
coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the
AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the
Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.
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.
Become a fan of the American Kennel Club on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @AKCDogLovers

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The Westminster Kennel Club Announces 
New Director of Communications
 
Gail Miller Bisher
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.
 

 
-- Gail Miller Bisher
Director of Communications
The Westminster Kennel Club

 
 
 
 
 
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About the Show

From the Kennel Club of Philadelphia and celebrating America's continued love of man's best friend, "The National Dog Show Presented by Purina" returns for its 14th year on NBC. Hosted by actor, author and Broadway star John O'Hurley, the event features 2,000 of the nation's leading canines from over 170 breeds (including the world's largest, smallest and most exotic) strutting their fur in the hopes of following in the pawsteps of Nathan the Bloodhound, last year's crowd-favorite top dog.

"The Dean" David Frei provides expert show commentary, and Mary Carillo chimes in as an adept sideline reporter for this ultimate canine showdown. But which dogs will have their day, and which will leave with their tails between their legs? After all, there can only be one "Best in Show."

Two-hour LIVE special

WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB & AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB

SET TO TAKE OVER NYC WITH “MEET & COMPETE”

 

- The 2016 Event Promises to be “Bigger and Better”

New York, NY – The Westminster Kennel Club and American Kennel Club (AKC®) present Meet & Compete, featuring the 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and AKC Meet the Breeds®, brought to you by Purina® Pro Plan®. This exciting joint event takes place on Saturday, February 13th at Piers 92 and 94 in New York City, and gives dog lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with hundreds of adorable dogs at AKC Meet the Breeds® while learning about responsible dog ownership, as well as see the nation’s top canine competitors race against the clock at the 3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship.

“We’re excited to be partnering again with the Westminster Kennel Club to bring the public Meet & Compete,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “We will have a fantastic variety of breeds at AKC Meet the Breeds® for attendees to meet and learn about straight from the experts.”

“We are combining and expanding two exciting events for Westminster Week 2016, and the dog-loving public is the winner,” said Seán W McCarthy, President of the Westminster Kennel Club. “We have more space for AKC Meet the Breeds® and more access for all to the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster. We are pleased once again to be partnering with the AKC to make it happen.”

The 2016 event marks the seventh AKC Meet the Breeds® and the second year the event joins the thrilling Westminster Week roster. This year, one daytime event ticket will grant event-goers access to both AKC Meet the Breeds® and the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster. The venue expansion will be enhanced by the addition of a newly-constructed interior staircase that will connect Piers 92 and Pier 94 for all events of Westminster Week. Attendees will have more room to interact with over 150 breeds in elaborately decorated booths that depict fun elements from the breed’s history and talk to experts about each dog, as well as see the exciting Agility competition taking place in Pier 94.

The agility competition takes place all day (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.) in Pier 94, with the finals being televised live on FOX Sports 1 from 8-10 p.m. ET.  AKC Meet the Breeds®  will take place in Piers 92 & 94 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

In addition to the Westminster Kennel Club and American Kennel Club present Meet & Compete on Saturday, February 13th, Westminster Week events include the iconic 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday and Tuesday, February 15-16 and the brand new Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Monday, February 15. All events are presented by Purina® Pro Plan®, which is dedicated to helping dogs of all activity levels excel through performance nutrition and expert resources.

To purchase tickets for Meet & Compete and find additional information about the event, visit www.westminsterkennelclub.org.

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About AKC Meet the Breeds – From 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

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.

To become a fan of the AKC on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/americankennelclub. To follow the AKC on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/akcdoglovers.

"Black Dog Syndrome" has been making major news headlines in both the U.S. and all over the world. This is the first book to tackle the subject in a poignant, artful way - capturing the raw beauty of these incredible canines. Photographer Fred Levy has photographed dozens of black dogs for his blog, caninenoir.tumblr.com/. Some of his subjects include rescue dogs, shelter dogs, blind dogs, and 3-legged dogs. Now, Fred's beautiful photos of black canines and their stories are collected into this beautiful, inspiring book! The Black Dogs Project Author: Fred Levy Format: Hardbound, 128 Pages ISBN: 9781631060885 Publisher: Race Point Publishing Size: 10.25 x 10.5 Published: September 15, 2015 Price: $25 

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.

Visit www.westminsterkennelclub.org for more information on the show ...

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