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Over 90 Lawmakers Join AKC to Celebrate Responsible Dog Ownership at Meet the Breeds Event

More than ninety legislators from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are sharing their public commitment to responsible dog ownership this month by serving as Honorary Chairs for the Meet the Breeds™ event hosted by the American Kennel Club and Westminster Kennel Club. The Meet the Breeds event celebrates responsible dog ownership and features the… read more

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The American Kennel Club Launches A Breeder Centric Slogan

Organization continues commitment to supporting Responsible Breeders New York, NY- The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading authority and advocate for dogs, continues to promote its 133-year mission and support of breeders with  the launch of a brand new breeder-focused slogan “Healthy Happy Puppies Start with Me and AKC.”… read more

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Evanger’s Voluntarily Recalls Hunk of Beef Because Of Pentobarbital Exposure in one Batch of Food

Out of an abundance of caution, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, IL is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because of a potential contaminant Pentobarbital, which was detected in one lot of Hunk of Beef Au Jus.Pentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such… read more

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Independent Investigative Report on “A Dog’s Purpose” Finds Edited Video Mischaracterized What Happened on the Set

Report Finds that No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of the Film WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, February 3, 2017 — An independent, third-party investigation conducted by a respected animal cruelty expert into the treatment of animals in the filming of “A Dog’s Purpose” concluded that an edited video given to the gossip site TMZ… read more

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Purina & Westminster Begin 10-Year Partnership

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 24, 2017. With the 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show just weeks away, Purina and the Westminster Kennel Club begin a 10-year agreement making Purina Pro Plan the exclusive pet food sponsor of the world-famous dog show. A five-year sponsorship, from 2012 to 2016, preceded this. The partnership pairs the oldest continuously… read more

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Fox Sports Names ‘Pick of The Litter’ For Presentation of 2017 Westminster Dog Show

FS1, Nat Geo WILD & FOX Sports GO Combine to Showcase ‘Westminster Week’ With More Coverage than Ever Before  New York – With little more than a month until the world’s top dogs converge upon New York City’s Madison Square Garden to vie for the coveted title of Best in Show, FOX Sports today names… read more

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AKC Announces Breeder of The Year By Sport

New York, N.Y.-The American Kennel Club, the leading advocate for dogs, wishes to acknowledge those individuals that have excelled at breeding dogs that have proven to be outstanding in AKC sports.  The commitment to preserve, protect and improve a breed represents the very essence of the AKC. The AKC Breeder of the Year by Sport… read more

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Dog Show Superintendents Association Holds Annual Meeting

(GREENSBORO, NC…) The Dog Show Superintendent’s Association (DSSA) annual meeting was held December 5, 2016 in Key West, FL. The following members were present: President Bob Christiansen, Dorie Crowe (MB-F Dog Shows); Secretary-Treasurer, Becky Sumner, Sheila Raymond (BaRay Event Services); Tyler Brudi (Roy Jones Dog Shows); Tim James, (Onofrio Dog Shows), and Ed Smizer (Rau… read more

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Puli “Preston” Wins Best in Show at Largest Ever AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin

GCHB CH Cordmaker Mister Blue Sky, a Puli known as “Preston” triumphed over nearly 5,000 dogs to earn a $50,000 cash prize and the title of Best in Show at the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin, held this weekend in Orlando, Fla. “Prestion,” owned by E. Charles & J. Beaudoin & L. Pitts… read more

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Alan Kalter and Dr. Chris Lezotte Named 2016 AKC Breeders of the Year

Alan Kalter and Dr. Chris Lezotte were presented with the 2016 AKC Breeder of the Year award for their HappyLegs Bullmastiffs at the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin on Saturday, December 17, 2016. The annual award honors those breeders who have made an impact on their breed and dedicated their lives to improving… read more

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