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American Kennel Club Signs Lease with The Durst Organization for Pet Care Facility at VIA 57WEST

New York, NY – The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest dog registry and leading industry authority and advocacy for dogs, today announces that it has signed a lease with The Durst Organization for a pet care facility in their new VIA 57WEST building, a beautiful, residential structure designed by Bjarke Ingles in one… read more


Portsmouth Chesapeake Obedience Training Club Keeps Local K-9 Officers Safe

By Debbie Duncan, Vice President, Portsmouth Chesapeake Obedience Training Club Late last year, the Portsmouth Chesapeake Obedience Training Club(PCOTC) was thrilled to be able to purchase a ballistic kevlar vest for one of our K-9 officers here in Portsmouth, Virginia. Prior to our club’s donation, the only vests available for use were very outdated and cumbersome for the dogs, so… read more


Westminster Week Around The City Event Calendar

There are a variety of events surrounding Westminster Week. Below is a listing including dogs shows, dog art events, seminars, meetings, parties and more! Dog Shows in Tri-State Area (for more information go to or or  Thursday, February 11, 2016 Long Island Golden Retriever Club – Bay Shore, NY Friday, February 12,… read more

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The American Kennel Club Appoints Jay W. Waks As Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Law Veteran to Head AKC’s Legal Division New York, NY – The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry, has appointed Jay W. Waks as its Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel. In this new role, Waks will serve as the chief legal officer of the AKC and its entities. He… read more


Dire Trouble For The New York Carriage Horses. It’s Hitting The Fan…

A sad and urgent story to report. Somewhat myopically, I thought the carriage horse fight had been won. The truth is that the effort to ban the horses was stopped, but I didn’t realize how much of  a disconnected ideologue the mayor is or how little he cares about animals or the democratic process.  Do… read more


Indianapolis Passes New Law to Protect Pets in Cold Weather

If you live in Marion County, Indiana, letting your pet outside alone to go to the bathroom could now land you in the doghouse.  Dog owners in Indianapolis and surrounding areas can now face a fine and even lose their pet if they’re caught leaving their dog outside in extreme weather. Arevised city ordinance dictates… read more


Newfoundland to be Considered as Oregon’s State Dog

From the editor: We found this one family efforts to be utterly appealing in its initiative to establish the noble Newfoundland as Oregon’s State Dog.  Newfoundland’s are entwined in Oregon’s history as no other. The family’s devotion to the breed is a wonderful story of commitment, community involvement, and character. Whether you’re a member of the… read more


FDNY Says Goodbye to Dalmation Given to Ladder 20 After 9/11 Attacks

On Sept. 11, 2001, the Fire Department of New York’s Ladder 20 lost seven of its members who raced to the 35th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center before the building collapsed. Yesterday, they lost the dog who helped the survivors cope. Twenty, a Dalmatian puppy given to the department shortly… read more


AKC Announces Full Recognition of American Hairless Terrier, Sloughi

The American Kennel Club announces the full recognition of two breeds, 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,” AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo said. “Both breeds make wonderful companions for the right family…. read more


Filmmakers to Kickstart Westminster “Fairy Tale”

From the AKC Gazette: Helfgott-Turner Productions, Inc., will launch a crowd-funding campaign to finance a feature film celebrating the world of dog shows.  The movie is called “A Little Magic: The Trish and Cinnar Story” and will tell the true Cinderella story behind the 1980 Westminster Kennel Club show, where young Trish Kanzler handled her… read more

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