➤ National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
➤ National Dog Day
➤ Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
➤ National Holistic Pet Day
➤ Happy Healthy Cat Month
➤ National Disaster Preparedness Month
“Uli” the Bulldog Wins Best in Show at Greenwich Kennel Club
The Greenwich Kennel Club held its 77th All Breed Dog Show, Obedience and Rally Trial on June 6th in Norwalk, on one of the few picture perfect weather days in June. With the refreshing breeze from the Sound cooling the show grounds, there were more than 1,300 dogs entered covering 133 different breeds or varieties. This included 33 obedience and 43 rally entries.
Both entrants and spectators were treated to a day filled with special features such as the 14th annual Meet the Author book signing with more than eight prominent authors covering everything from knitting to murder mysteries. New this year was the Silent Auction that included more than 30 prizes such as a professional grooming dryer, coffee maker, and lobster coupons. The Westminster box seats won the Best in Auction slot.
Our Puppy Groups continued to draw those “pups in training” with the Best Puppy in Show going to the English Setter, Meadowset Chebaco Hoosier Buddy, owned by Kathryn Roy, D. Ferris, Greg McCarthy, and Jane Flynn.
Judge Wendy Willhauk presided over the Best in Show ring where she was presented with an excellent lineup. They were from the Sporting Group the Labrador Retriever, Ch. Casbar’s Hart to Hart; Hound Group the Irish Wolfhound Ch. Dun Myrica Speaker Of Eagle; Working Group the Doberman Pinscher, Ch. Allure Blazing Star Alisaton; Terrier Group the Fox Terrier (Smooth), Ch. Foxlorr Double Dare; Toy Group the Toy Poodle, Ch. Smash JP Moon Walk; Non-Sporting Group the Bulldog, Ch. Kepley’s Showbiz Razzle Dazzle and Herding Group the Old English Sheepdog, Ch. Deja Blu Deal Me In.
The Bulldog, Ch. Kepley’s Showbiz Razzle Dazzle won this highly competitive star-studded Best in Show lineup. Bred by Majorie Kepley and Jack Kepley, “Uli” is one of the top Non-Sporting Group show dogs in the country. The owners are Joan Fisher, Robert Speiser, and Barbara Wolfe and she is handled by Phoebe Booth.
From the proceeds of this year’s show, GKC will makes contributions to Bakers Institute-Cornell University, Take The Lead, Disaster & Wilderness Ground Search rescue group, and the Norwalk Police K-9 Unit. Next year’s show will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at Taylor Farm Park in Norwalk. For information and contact please access our website at www.greenwichkc.org
A PG Endorsed Event
Puttin’ On the Dog, Adopt-A-Dog’s 22nd Annual For-Fun Dog Show and Festival takes place on Sunday, October 18th, 2009 from 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, CT (Exit 3 off I-95).
Each year more than 5,000 people attend this popular family event. Throughout the day, there will be a dog show with seventeen categories, such as Biggest Lap Dog, K-9 Krooners, A Pooch Who Can Smooch, and Clever K-9 Tricks to enter your dog in. All contestants receive a ribbon.
This family venue is a crowd pleaser with dogs and cats for adoption, police demonstrations, celebrity judges, great food, clowns, children’s play area, silent auction and grab bags, over 30 vendors, and much, much more.
The Harvest Cluster 2009
The Harvest Cluster this year will be a two-day breed and obedience show on September 19th and September 20th. They will be at a new location, Indian Well State Park in Shelton, CT. The site is very convenient, just eight miles from Shelton, CT, on 110 off route to 95.
It includes Newtown Kennel Club, Inc–September 19th and Ox Ridge Kennel Club, Inc–September 20th.
America’s First Pet Airline
Yup, you read that right. NYC will soon be serviced by the first pet airline, Pet Airways in the U.S. (and possibly the world). The rates seem pretty decent (NYC to LA is $149 each way), considering the dogs, cats, whatever get close supervision before, after, and during the flight and fly in the cabin. The staff will also administer medications and take your animal to be boarded if you can’t pick them up, (if your own flight is delayed for example). You can’t fly with your furry, feathery, or scaly friend, but you can schedule your flight to arrive the same day as theirs. You can also drop off 72 hours before flight time.
World’s Largest Showcase Of Dog & Cat Breeds, Nearby NYC Event
Calling all dog and cat lovers, the world’s largest registries of purebred dogs and cats–the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA)–have launched a new website dedicated to the first stand-alone event of the same name which will showcase over 200 dog and cat breeds www.meetthebreeds.com. Sponsored by PetPartners, Inc. a leading pet healthcare provider, Meet the Breeds will be held Oct. 17 & 18, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.
The site includes event information. Enhancements soon to be added include interactive features such as downloadable breed banners that will allow dog and cat lovers to declare allegiance to their favorite breed on their social networking pages, a blog hosted by AOL’s Paw Nation, a “name that breed” game provided by ZooToo.com and profiles of every dog and cat breed.
Tickets can be purchased at www.meetthebreeds.com, the event is from 10a.m. to 5p.m. Sat., Oct. 17, and Sun., Oct. 18. Each ticket allows admittance for one day. Preview the event on YouTube.
“This is truly an exciting event,” says CFA President Pam DelaBar. “For the first time, pedigreed cat and dog lovers will be available to answer your questions on the various breeds, their unique characteristics and how one may just be the perfect pet for your home. Or if you just want information on cats and dogs in general, you will find your answers here.”
“If you’re crazy for cats or passionate about pooches this is an event you cannot miss,” says AKC spokesperson Gina DiNardo. “It’s an opportunity to get up close with dogs and cats, be entertained by amazing demonstrations, learn from experts and shop for some unique items. It’s a really fun and affordable way to spend time with friends and family too.”
About Meet the Breeds–With 160 dog breeds and 41 cat breeds, plus demonstrations, shopping and children’s activities, no pet lover will want to miss Meet the Breeds. Each breed will be presented in its own designated space, decorated to reflect its heritage, characteristics and unique attributes as a pet, while allowing attendees to literally “Meet the Breeds” by petting dogs, cats, puppies and kittens and learning about them directly from the experts. The event is proudly presented by PetPartners, Inc. a leading pet healthcare provider, and will feature over 115,000 square feet of dog and cat festivities. Sponsors include Invisible Fence and WebVet plus others.
The American Kennel Club (AKC), proudly celebrates its 125th Anniversary in 2009. Since 1884 the not-for-profit organization has maintained the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world, and today its rules govern more than 20,000 canine competitions each year. 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 nearly 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. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.
PG Readers Take Note! AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days
Are you interested in learning training and grooming tips from the pros? Or considering adding a new family member? Be sure to mark “AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days” on your calendar. This month-long celebration includes hundreds of organizations around the country holding free events filled with fun and engaging activities for every current or future dog owner. AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day events are held throughout September and are listed on www.akc.org/rdod.
AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days across the country are aimed at helping owners keep their canine companions happy and living harmoniously in their communities. Each AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event is unique but many include obedience and agility demonstrations, meet the breeds, microchip clinics, breed rescue information, therapy dog/service dog demonstrations, health clinics, safety around dogs for kids, giveaways and other entertaining and educational activities. If you want to show your friends and family how well-mannered your dog can be, take the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test. This 10-step test rewards well-mannered, obedient dogs–and is offered at many events.
Listings of all events can be found and searched by state at www.akc.org/rdod. The site will be updated weekly to reflect new additions. Over 200 local events have been entered to date, including: Organizations interested in hosting an AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event should contact the AKC at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.akc.org/rdod.
The AKC proudly celebrates its 125th Anniversary in 2009. Since 1884 the not-for-profit organization has maintained the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world, and today its rules govern more than 20,000 canine competitions each year. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. For more information, visit www.akc.org.
2 Local RDOD Events
This event is sponsored with Mt Pleasant Hospital, Newtown, CT; Canine Training Behavior Services, Wilton, CT and 4H Club, Behtel, CT. This event is to benefit our new dog park in Newtown, CT. We will be having a fun run obstacle course, frisbee toss, AKC Canine Good Citizen testing and more. Also on site we will have Caricatures by Party Cartoons. This will be on 1st Annual Dog Days of Summer, Responsible Dog Ownership Day event.
Contact RoseAnn Reggiano 203-270-4373.
This event will feature multiple demonstrations in the main ring by the local police/agility teams/parade of breeds/fun contests and over 30 dog-related vendor booths.
Contact Chris Sweetwood 203-877-6157.
Walk for Wildlife
The Nature Discovery Center’s, Wildlife Rehabilitation and Animal Care at Earthplace located in Westport is hosting an important fund raising event a “Walk for Wildlife” to be held on Sun., Sept. 27.
“Walk for Wildlife” will be a two-mile walk on our sanctuary with nature-themed educational stations/watering holes along the way. Walkers will pay a fee to enter to enter their dog in the walk. Entrance fees will be waived for walkers who have sponsorships in excess of $25. They also plan to host food vendors (hot dogs” of course), a variety of pet supply vendors and animal service providers.
Our Wildlife Rehabilitation Program takes in hundreds of injured wild animals each year with the goal of restoring them to health and releasing them back to the wild. Earthplace is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is dedicated to promoting environmental awareness to people of all ages and backgrounds. For more contact Linda Roberts at 203-227-7253 or go to: www.earthplace.org.