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NATIONAL DOG SHOW THERAPY DOG AMBASSADOR TEAM ADDS FOUR NEW MEMBERS FOR 2016

Philadelphia, PA— The Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s Therapy Dog Ambassador Team will add four new members in 2016, with Aladdin, Butler, Xena and Willow joining the five returnees from last year.

This seven-year tradition now brings together a dynamic team of nine canines, who make regular visits to hospitals and healthcare facilities, including the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, where they help to comfort patients and their families. The Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Shows involve the canine stars as members of its Therapy Dog Ambassador Team to promote the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House and the annual dog shows hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia each November.

The 2016 National Dog Show Therapy Dog Ambassador Team includes:

v  Lil’ Abner, age 6, and Stella, age 8, are Dogues de Bordeux who together create a memorable 280-pound experience whenever they walk into a room. Lil’Abner won a blue Ribbon in the novice Dogue de Bordeaux class at the 2011 National Dog Show. Abner and Stella are owned by Steven & Donna Kramer of Langhorne, and Steven is a certified evaluator for Therapy Dog International.

v  Waylon, age 11, is a Belgian Sheepdog and son of the late, former Therapy Dog Ambassador, Eli. He is a retired show dog and visits each summer at the Ronald McDonald Camp in the Poconos. He is owned and handled by Sherry Hanley of Allentown, a retired Lehigh County deputy sheriff.

v  Vivian, age 6, is a Staffordshire Terrier mix who was named the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union’s Neighborhood Hero for 2014. She spent time with the New Leash on Life USA program, being socialized by incarcerated individuals before their release back into society. Vivian is owned and handled by Michele Pich, a grief counselor at the University of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine, who has been directing the VetPets Animal-Assisted Activities program at the Ronald McDonald House since 2010.

v  Benny, age 2, is a 57- pound English Bulldog who regularly visits the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House as well as St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Along with Abner and Stella, Benny is owned by Steven & Donna Kramer.

v  Aladdin, age 5, has been recognized by American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards and was a finalist in the Hero Dog of the Year in the Therapy Dog category. He is the ambassador for nationwide animal abuse campaign Show Your Soft Side. Aladdin is owned by Michele Shaffer-Stevens, who is chairperson of the National Dog Show Gala organizing committee.

v  Xena, age 3, Shih Tzu – Yorkie mix and Willow, age 2, rescued Shih Tzu – Poodle mix. They visit the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House on a weekly basis and are also active members of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Pet Therapy program. They also make home visits to kids in hospice care. Xena and Willow are owned and handled by Emily Martin of Philadelphia, PA.

v  Butler, age 4, Shepherd mix, is a spokesdog for American Humane Association and the official therapy dog of The Weather Channel. Butler serves as a first responder for both organizations, providing comfort to children and families whose lives have been adversely affected by disaster. He was rescued from a shelter by owner and handler Dr. Amy McCullough, national director of Humane Research and Therapy for American Humane Association, the country’s first national humane organization.

The National Dog Show Therapy Dog Ambassador Team was founded by the late Rufus, the accomplished, Colored Bull Terrier who retired to a celebrated career as a therapy dog after winning the National Dog Show Presented by Purina in 2005 and following that up by triumphing at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show three months later in New York City. Rufus was joined two years later by the late Eli, the Belgian Sheepdog who showed in Philadelphia before retiring to therapy work. Eli was one of the last few living therapy dogs who comforted victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City.

All nine dogs play a vital role in helping to make a difference in people’s lives. In addition to their weekly work at hospitals, nursing homes, and institutions, the Therapy Dog Ambassadors will be making therapy visits and media appearances in conjunction with National Dog Show activities in Philadelphia and New York City.

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After 27 years of exploring the wonder of man’s best friend with millions of dog-loving television viewers around the world as the broadcast co-host, David Frei said goodbye to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this past February with nary a tinge of sadness or regret.   

“The dog world is a big place,” Frei offers gleefully from his new home in Cannon Beach, Oregon. “Much bigger than when I started and growing still. And now I’m a part of guiding that growth for the good of the sport.  This is that rare moment in time when I truly have the best of both worlds.” 

One of those worlds is The National Dog Show Presented by Purina, the now 15 year-old NBC Thanksgiving Day special that has become appointment television for millions of families together for their traditional, November holiday celebration.  Another is Frei’s newest challenge, The Beverly Hills Dog Show presented by Purina, a newly-minted endeavor hosted by the Kennel Club of Beverly Hills, headed for USA Network television screens in 2017 – on Easter Sunday. 

Where he once had limitations about what he could and could not work on (Frei was also the fulltime Director of Communications for Westminster), he now has the freedom to survey the landscape, pick his spots and apply his decades of marketing, public relations and television knowledge to projects that embody his passion for pets. 

As the expert analyst of The National Dog Show, he is known as the voice of the dog show world, but he recently hosted a cat show on the Hallmark Channel, The Kitten Summer Games.  He is the executive in charge of the Beverly Hills project, able to marry his passion for the sport to its appeal to the masses through television.  His newly-liberated schedule includes advocacy work as America’s leader in the growing therapy dog movement, judging at dog shows across the United States and appearing regularly as a spokesperson for the sport, responsible pet ownership and the importance of the human-animal bond. 

“Anyone who spends time with dogs will tell you those are their best moments of the day,” Frei asserts.  “I’ve seen miracles in hospital rooms when an ill child encounters the love, innocence and energy of a trained therapy dog. I get to work with dogs.  I get to work with dog people.  And I get to do it in new and different ways while continuing in my role as an on-air commentator talking directly to the audiences.” 

Frei’s relationships in the dog world have been particularly useful as he develops this newest TV product with a celebrity component in America’s entertainment industry capital of Hollywood.  John O’Hurley, the popular Seinfeld and Dancing With The Stars personality and host of The National Dog Show, lives in Beverly Hills and is playing a role in recruiting celebrity dog lovers for the project.  Kennel Club of Beverly Hills officials are thrilled with the TV exposure on tap for their annual show and appreciate working with Frei, who speaks their language and understands the intricacies of producing the Best In Show competition among thousands of entrants encompassing more than 200 breeds and varieties. 

“My dogs have changed my life,” Frei says. “And they have changed the lives of a lot of other people, too -- formally as therapy dogs but also informally, ‘on the street,’ through their spontaneity and unconditional love for everyone. I want to inspire people to get their own dogs out there doing something for people in need.  

“The dogs are truly the stars in my world. And our shows on NBC and USA Network are truly a celebration of the dogs in our lives -- show dogs, therapy dogs, purebreds and mixed breeds. We should thank them every day for letting us be on the other end of their leashes.” 

“David Frei unplugged,” the subject mused.  “Okay. Unplugged. But with the electricity and excitement of our canine friends energizing me every day.” 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DAVID FREI

Expert Analyst

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AMERICA’S DOG SHOW DRAWS ITS LARGEST ENTRY

SINCE 1990 FOR 138th WESTMINSTER

Combines with first-ever Westminster Agility Trial

to bring more than 3,000 dogs to New York in February

The Westminster Kennel Club’s Annual All Breed Dog show, the sport’s most famous and prestigious event, will be bigger than ever in 2014 with its largest entry since 1990 and the addition of America’s most popular canine sport to its activities.

Westminster’s 138th show, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 10-11, drew an entry of 2,845 as America’s Dog Show extends its standing as the second-longest continuously-held sporting event in this country, a streak that began in 1877.

There are entries in 187 breeds and varieties eligible for this year’s show. Labrador Retrievers, coincidentally the most-registered AKC breed every year since 1991, leads the way with 76 entries, followed by Golden Retrievers (58), French Bulldogs (52), Rhodesian Ridgebacks (46), and Australian Shepherds (44). In breeds that combine three varieties, Dachshunds have 62 entries and Poodles 42.

The entry, subject to final audit, includes three breeds newly-recognized by the American Kennel Club that are eligible for Westminster for the first time: Portuguese Podengo Pequeno (8 entries, Hound Group), the Chinook (4, Working Group), and the Rat Terrier (20, Terrier Group).

There are also 91 entries in Junior Showmanship.

Preceding the dog show, the first Masters Agility Championship at Westminster will take place on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Pier 94. With the maximum 225 dogs entered and a prime time television broadcast on FOX Sports 1, 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.” Details on the Agility entry will be available soon.

The combined entry of the two events means that more than 3,000 dogs will be on hand from all over the country. The dog show on Monday and Tuesday will also feature live television coverage on USA Network and CNBC, as well as live streaming video to the website and on the Westminster App, and social media.

Judging for the iconic all breed dog show takes place in two different venues. Breed judging, benching and Junior Showmanship preliminary competition will take place during the days Monday and Tuesday at Piers 92/94. Group and Best In Show judging, as well as the Junior Showmanship Finals, will be held at Madison Square Garden on Monday and Tuesday evenings, as has been the case virtually every year since the show began in 1877.

Entries have come from 49 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and 13 foreign countries. For the fourth year in a row, New York has the most with 272, while California following closely with 239. Rounding out the top five states are Pennsylvania (211), New Jersey (191), and Texas (149). Arkansas did not have an entry.

There are 127 foreign entries, led by Canada with 115. Dogs are also entered from Mexico, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Finland, Italy, Norway, Slovenia, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. Many other foreign-owned dogs are entered from U.S. addresses, and in the final compilation there will certainly be additional foreign countries represented.

Breeds and varieties in the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups will be benched and judged at the Piers during the day on Monday, with Group competition that evening at the Garden. On Tuesday, breeds and varieties in the Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups will be benched and judged at the Piers and judging of those Groups will take place on Tuesday night. Judging of Best In Show, featuring all seven of the Group winners, will be held Tuesday evening at the Garden in the final event of the show.

The evening 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. For the first time, Tuesday night’s telecast will also be seen live in the Pacific Time zone from 5-8 p.m. PT and will repeat in that time zone from 8-11 p.m. PT as well.

Westminster, televised since 1948, will once again be America’s most widely-watched live telecast of a dog show.

As it did last year, Westminster will produce live coverage of all the breed judging during the daytime hours, posting live streaming video on its website of the competition in all breeds and varieties with real-time posting on the Westminster website.

Best In Show will be judged by Ms. Betty Regina Leininger of Frisco, TX. She heads a panel of 44 judges from 20 states and two foreign countries presiding over the dog world’s most prestigious event.

Group judges are Mr. Sam Houston McDonald of Chester Springs, PA, Sporting; Mr. Douglas Johnson of Bloomington, IN, Hound; Mr. Clay Coady of Paradise Valley, AZ, Working; Mr. Bruce Schwartz of Los Angeles, CA, Terrier; Ms. Keke Kahn of Sarasota, FL, Toy; Ms. Virginia Lyne of Saanichton, BC, Non-Sporting; and Mr. Walter Sommerfelt of Lenoir City, TN, Herding. Mr. Peter Kubacsz of Jackson, NJ, will judge the Junior Showmanship finals.

Tickets are still available for both the day events at the Piers and the evening events at the Garden, and for the Agility Trial.

Visit the Westminster website (www.westminsterkennelclub.org) for a full breakdown

by breed of the entry, for the complete judging panel, judging schedule,

agility event details, and ticket information.

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Entries for 2014 (subject to final audit):

Sporting breeds (560): Brittanys 19, Pointers 14, Pointers (German Shorthaired) 40, Pointers (German Wirehaired) 8, Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay) 20, Retrievers (Curly-Coated) 11, Retrievers (Flat-Coated) 28, Retrievers (Golden) 58, Retrievers (Labrador) 76, Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) 12, Setters (English) 18, Setters (Gordon) 13, Setters (Irish) 18, Setters (Irish Red & White) 11, Spaniels (Boykin) 13, Spaniels (Clumber) 7, Spaniels (Cocker) ASCOB 6, Spaniels (Cocker) Black 11, Spaniels (Cocker) Parti-Color 7, Spaniels (English Cocker) 18, Spaniels (English Springer) 28, Spaniels (Field) 10, Spaniels (Irish Water) 6, Spaniels (Sussex) 8, Spaniels (Welsh Springer) 6, Spinone Italiano 18, Vizslas 39, Weimaraners 25, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons 12.

Hound breeds (408): Afghan Hounds 23, American English Coonhounds 6, American Foxhounds 6, Basenjis 17, Basset Hounds 14, Beagles (13”) 14, Beagles (15”) 28, Black and Tan Coonhounds 6, Bloodhounds 10, Bluetick Coonhounds 6, Borzoi 22, Dachshunds (Longhaired) 20, Dachshunds (Smooth) 23, Dachshunds (Wirehaired) 19, English Foxhounds 1, Greyhounds 9, Harriers 2, Ibizan Hounds 9, Irish Wolfhounds 9, Norwegian Elkhounds 5, Otterhounds 6, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen 14, Pharaoh Hounds 13, Plotts 5, Portuguese Podengo Pequeno 8, Redbone Coonhounds 4, Rhodesian Ridgebacks 46, Salukis 19, Scottish Deerhounds 5, Treeing Walker Coonhounds 12, Whippets 27.

Working breeds (425): Akitas 9, Alaskan Malamutes 10, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs 5, Bernese Mountain Dogs 19, Black Russian Terriers 16, Boxers 20, Bullmastiffs 21, Cane Corsos 23, Chinooks 4, Doberman Pinschers 31, Dogue de Bordeaux 13, German Pinschers 10, Giant Schnauzers 11, Great Danes 32, Great Pyrenees 13, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs 7, Komondorok 2, Kuvaszok 2, Leonbergers 22, Mastiffs 24, Neapolitan Mastiffs 5, Newfoundlands 13, Portuguese Water Dogs 13, Rottweilers 32, St. Bernards 8, Samoyeds 23, Siberian Huskies 22, Standard Schnauzers 11, Tibetan Mastiffs 4.

Terriers breeds (319): Airedale Terriers 13, American Staffordshire Terriers 11, Australian Terriers 7, Bedlington Terriers 18, Border Terriers 16, Bull Terriers (Colored) 2, Bull Terriers (White) 4, Cairn Terriers 11, Cesky Terriers 6, Dandie Dinmont Terriers 1, Fox Terriers (Smooth) 20, Fox Terriers (Wire) 13, Glen of Imaal Terriers 7, Irish Terriers 7, Kerry Blue Terriers 13, Lakeland Terriers 7, Manchester Terriers (Standard) 10, Miniature Bull Terriers 5, Miniature Schnauzers 15, Norfolk Terriers 5, Norwich Terriers 15, Parson Russell Terriers 11, Rat Terriers 20, Russell Terriers 11, Scottish Terriers 11, Sealyham Terriers 7, Skye Terriers 7, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers 11, Staffordshire Bull Terriers 12, Welsh Terriers 7, West Highland White Terriers 16.

Toy breeds (417): Affenpinschers 7, Brussels Griffons 14, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 28, Chihuahuas (Long Coat) 38, Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) 27, Chinese Cresteds 37, English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles) 3, English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby) 5, Havanese 30, Italian Greyhounds 16, Japanese Chins 13, Maltese 21, Manchester Terriers (Toy) 9, Miniature Pinschers 8, Papillons 19, Pekingese 13, Pomeranians 17, Poodles (Toy) 8, Pugs 35, Shih Tzu 18, Silky Terriers 6, Toy Fox Terriers 13, Yorkshire Terriers 32.

Non-Sporting breeds (307): American Eskimo Dogs 5, Bichon Frises 18, Boston Terriers 32, Bulldogs 27, Chinese Shar-Pei 7, Chow Chows 8, Dalmatians 25, Finnish Spitz 1, French Bulldogs 52, Keeshondens 16, Lhasa Apsos 14, Lowchen 6, Poodles (Miniature) 11, Poodles (Standard) 23, Schipperkes 10, Shiba Inu 13, Tibetan Spaniels 13, Tibetan Terriers 18, Xoloitzcuintlis 8.

Herding breeds (318): Australian Cattle Dogs 12, Australian Shepherds 44, Bearded Collies 15, Beauceron 6, Belgian Malinois 15, Belgian Sheepdogs 10, Belgian Tervurens 13, Border Collies 23, Bouviers des Flandres 14, Briards 15, Canaan Dogs 3, Cardigan Welsh Corgis 26, Collies (Rough) 11, Collies (Smooth) 11, Finnish Lapphunds 6, German Shepherd Dogs 16, Icelandic Sheepdogs 8, Norwegian Buhunds 5, Old English Sheepdogs 8, Pembroke Welsh Corgis 14, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs 10, Pulik 5, Pyrenean Shepherds 16, Shetland Sheepdogs 10, Swedish Vallhunds 2.

Entries by state:

Alaska 5, Alabama 17, Arizona 26, California 239, Colorado 39, Connecticut 115, Delaware 16, Florida 146, Georgia 67, Hawaii 9, Idaho 6, Illinois 67, Indiana 35, Iowa 9, Kansas 7, Kentucky 30, Louisiana 20, Maine 17, Maryland 85, Massachusetts 100, Michigan 84, Minnesota 31, Mississippi 6, Missouri 18, Montana 1, Nebraska 16, Nevada 14, New Hampshire 32, New Jersey 191, New Mexico 11, New York 272, North Carolina 80, North Dakota 2, Ohio 121, Oklahoma 22, Oregon 13, Pennsylvania 211, Rhode Island 19, South Carolina 37, South Dakota 4, Tennessee 30, Texas 149, Utah 4, Vermont 10, Virginia 110, Washington 73, West Virginia 8, Wisconsin 48, Wyoming 2.

Others: District of Columbia 3, Puerto Rico 3; Canada 115, Mexico 5, Japan 2, Australia 1, Brazil 1, Chile 1, Columbia 1, Finland 1, Italy 1, Norway 1, Slovenia 1, Thailand 1, United Kingdom 1.

Junior Showmanship: 91

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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.

 

"What position if any do you think AKC should take in the growing illegal use of people saying a dog is a service dog ? when in all too many cases they are not?"

Here is my reply. It's a little long, not sure if/how they will use it. I am anxious to see the other responses, too.

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The AKC should begin by lobbying the government agency responsible for ADA enforcement and encourage them to create a system that can provide proper identification and authorization for legitimate service dogs. I know and appreciate the challenges with that, but it can not go on the way that it is.

Separately or additionally, the ADA needs to clarify the rules and principles and issues pertaining to service dogs, and after it does, the AKC can help get that information out. This would include explaining the difference between service dogs (they have rights of access) and therapy dogs (they do not).

Next, the AKC can help the government shut down these bogus websites that offer service dog vests and IDs in exchange for a couple of dog treat box tops and a few bucks.

The AKC can help educate the people who work at the airport ticket counters and security checkpoints as to what might be happening. Let's emphasize sensitivity for legitimate service dogs and their humans, but let's weed out the base stealers.

The AKC can create an internal campaign discouraging dog show people from scamming their way into airplanes (a felony, by the way) to transport a dog to a dog show. Make everyone aware that this is a crime, that it is immoral and unethical, that it is an act that jeopardizes service dogs and their human partners, and that it does not reflect well on our sport and the people in it at a time that we need all the friends we can get. Let's talk about what service dogs mean to their people and that jeopardizing their work jeopardizes the safety, health, well-being and daily functionality of their humans. Building awareness about this can create some peer pressure, perhaps, and make someone think twice about getting on that airplane under phony premises.

Next, the AKC should work with the airlines to encourage them to provide realistic fees, services and safety for carrying our dogs.

Does it really have to come to this? Do we need to suggest that someone be stationed in the airport with a camera on dog show weekends? Flying your dog as a service dog when it is not a service dog is a disgusting practice. I know all the reasons that people use to justify it, and I don't dispute them. But to have that result in bringing your dog (or your client's dog) on an airplane as a service dog can not be tolerated. By the way, I put something on my Facebook page recently about this topic, and had a response that I have never experienced before, both in volume and in stridency. This does not reflect well on the dog show world.

The AKC mantra is that we are the dog's champion, and that "we" includes all of us in the sport and those dogs that we champion include service dogs.

And one more thing: please, if you are among those dog show people doing this, do not show up on one of my flights.

David Frei

Also see this story: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/they_re_licked_H9js6NfMXjSAbkkCYu97NI

Angel on a Leash and Westminster Kennel Club Spokesperson, David Frei, to host BlogPaws awards ceremony

Frederick, CO – April 12, 2013 – BlogPaws today announced that Angel On A Leash and Westminster Kennel Club Spokesperson David Frei will be the celebrity emcee for the 2013 Nose-to-Nose Social Media and Pet Blogger Awards. The event will take place on Saturday, May 18 during the 5th annual BlogPaws Pet Blogging and Social Media Conference in Tyson’s Corner, VA.

Frei is the public spokesperson for the Westminster Kennel Club and has been the television voice of Westminster since 1990. With Westminster, David helped create Angel On A Leash, a charitable activity dedicated to creating and administering a therapy dog program at the NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Angel On A Leash later became an independent charity with David as founder and president, and the program has expanded into a number of additional facilities across the country. The success of the program provided the inspiration for his book of the same name.

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, which airs every February. Frei has also been the co-host of The National Dog Show presented by Purina, a telecast seen by nearly 20 million viewers every year on Thanksgiving Day.

“We are incredibly excited to have David Frei emcee our awards as the BlogPaws conference continues to grow each year,” BlogPaws co-founder, Yvonne DiVita said. “BlogPaws is a pet-welcoming three-day conference that brings pet parents and enthusiasts together with each other, with the brands they buy and with experts that give actionable advice.”

The BlogPaws Pet Blogging & Social Media Conference is the largest event of its kind for pet bloggers and social media enthusiasts to network with industry leaders and brands and learn new ways to optimize and monetize their social media channels. New to the 2013 Conference are custom-designed tracks, including 101 (Beginners), 201 (Intermediate), and PRO (Advanced). There will also be exclusive tracks for those interested in animal rescue and advocacy, understanding copyright and the legal responsibilities around social media, and pet lifestyle.

For program details and an up-to-date list of speakers, visit http://blogpawsconference.com.

About BlogPaws

Founded in 2009 by three dedicated pet lovers and bloggers, BlogPaws is the go-to resource for pet bloggers and social media enthusiasts looking to build their online presence, enhance their social networks and support animal shelters and rescues around the world. The BlogPaws community also serves to connect pet bloggers and social media enthusiasts with brands eager to connect with the vocal and dynamic pet parent via social media. BlogPaws is part of the Pet360 Media Network. For more information, visit www.blogpaws.com.

 

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