Crufts is a real winner for these canine heroes (From Worcester News): WORCESTER people showed fine form at the world’s biggest dog show.
Former University of Worcester student and paralympian Lee Greatbatch took time out from his London 2012 preparations to treat his best friend to a special doggy day out at Crufts.
Mr Greatbatch, who represented Great Britain at the Beijing Games four years ago, said his two-year-old guidedog labrador retriever Darby plays a key part in his training schedule.
“Darby and I haven’t been a team for all that long, but without him I wouldn’t be able to make it to training on time,” said Mr Greatbatch, who is hoping to upgrade his fifth place in China to a medal in London.
‘A lot of people at home,’ says David Frei, ‘probably think the dogs at Westminster spend their time lounging on satin pillows and eating doggie bon bons.’
But the approximately 2,500 purebred dogs that will be competing in the 135th annual Westminster Kennel Club show tomorrow and Tuesday at Madison Square Garden harbor a secret, says Frei.
They really aren’t much different from the 10 or 20 dogs the average New Yorker passes every day on the street and in the neighborhood.
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NEW YORK — Kaffi looked as if he needed a coffee break. Rolling on his back, paws in the air, eyes getting heavy, he was dog tired.
‘It’s been a long day,’ owner JoAnn Secondino said a few days ago after arriving in town.
And the Westminster Kennel Club show hadn’t even begun for this Icelandic sheepdog, one of six new breeds this year at America’s top pooch pageant.
In all, nearly 2,600 dogs will compete in 179 breeds and varieties. They’ll come from 49 states — North Dakota is absent — and from several countries, including Thailand, Brazil, Slovenia and Australia.
Judging starts Monday in the hound, toy, nonsporting and herding groups.
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“PORTSMOUTH NH— ‘Pooh’ isn’t exactly the spry pup he used to be, but even hard of hearing 20-year-old poodles enjoy a day of pampering every once in a while.
It was for this reason that Pooh enjoyed a trim and nail clipping on Tuesday that has him looking fine as he heads into his 21st year.
Longtime Portsmouth resident Janet Goodreau — the owner of a dog estimated to be easily over hundred years old in human years — said her fuzzy companion is often described as one of the oldest animals brought to his veterinarian or groomer, but she said he remains a playful animal whose longevity might be attributed to a slightly unusual diet and top-shelf treatment.”
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: “A Lexington woman has launched a ‘safe haven’ for mentally and physically impaired dogs, and she has big plans”
Lucky dogs get love, care at Jo’s Hope – Neighbors – Kentucky.com
“Will the real president of the Menifee Valley Humane Society please stand up?
For the past three months, two people have been claiming that title. And, the U.S. Postal Service is holding all the organization’s mail until it becomes clear who’s in charge.
On May 6, a Riverside County probate judge is set to decide which board of directors will receive a check and estate that was recently bequeathed to the animal rescue group.”
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PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., April 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2 more than 2,000 animal shelters around the world will unite with North Shore Animal League America for Pet Adoptathon® 2010, the premiere global pet adoption event. Renowned dog expert Cesar Millan, National Geographic Channel’s Dog Whisperer, is the spokesperson for the 16th annual global adoption extravaganza that helps save the lives of homeless pets. Purina ONE® serves as Pet Adoptathon’s presenting sponsor.
On Saturday, May 1, participating shelters will open their doors for this important weekend event. Pet Adoptathon events have taken place in shelters located in every time zone around the world, and in 2009 over 20,000 pets were saved. The first Pet Adoptathon, in 1995, began as a North Shore Animal League adoption event, with the goal of finding homes for each pet in the shelter. Encouraged by its success, the Animal League invited shelters worldwide to participate in Pet Adoptathon. Sixteen years since its inception, Pet Adoptathon has helped find loving homes for nearly 300,000 animals.
Spokesperson Cesar Millan, who has helped dog owners world-wide, is a supporter of shelter adoptions, saying, ‘Millions of many wonderful animals end up in shelters each year, and adoption provides these animals their second chance at life.’ He added that he would like to convey a sense of contribution and appeal to the inner need for humanitarianism. ‘The act of adopting a dog creates balance and completeness in our lives by fulfilling the need in every human of contribution, if only for a moment. Really, who is saving who?’
Pet Adoptathon promotes the adoption of mixed-breed pets, known as Mutt-i-grees™. These animals represent the majority of shelter pets; unfortunately they also make up the majority of the pets that are being euthanized. Mutt-i-grees rallies 25 million mixed-breed pet owners in the U.S. to encourage adoption of mixed-breed pets and to help end puppy mills that perpetuate animal cruelty and euthanasia. Participating shelters and rescues are official Mutt-i-grees partners to help spread the word about these wonderful unique adoptable animals. Learn more about Mutt-i-grees by visiting www.Muttigrees.org.
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“The canine co-stars of the touring production of the Broadway hit ‘Legally Blonde The Musical’ are Humane Society pups, now living the life of luxury. Frankie the chihuahua plays Bruiser, Elle Wood’s pampered pet in Legally Blonde The Musical. According to stage manager, Chris Danner, he and his understudy, Roxy, are the real stars of the show. ‘When they walk out of the stage door like everybody else, they get the most attention,’ Danner tells CNN.”
From Rags to Riches, Doggie Style – Tonic
USPS will unveil its “Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet” sheet of commemorative stamps today, kicking off a major 8-week promotion with an appearance by PMG Jack Potter on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The commemorative sheet of stamps continues a half-century tradition of Pet rescue stampspromoting attention and awareness of national social issues. The set features photographs of 10 shelter pets adopted through the Animal Welfare Society of New Milford, CT. The stamps go on sale April 30 following a first-day-of-issuance (FDOI) ceremony at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Hollywood.
The Postal Service is working with DeGeneres — a well-known advocate for pet adoption — and Halo, a pet food company she co-owns. As its contribution to the 8-week “Stamps to the Rescue” promotion, Halo will donate 1 million meals to animal shelters across the country. “This is a subject I am extremely passionate about,” said DeGeneres. “By working together, we can find good homes for millions of adoptable, homeless and abandoned pets.”
In addition to Potter’s appearance on the show, USPS is participating in the promotion with posters and counter cards in Post Offices. From April 30 through May 14, USPS will promote shelter pet adoption with a special cancellation on its automated equipment.
“These stamps continue a 50-year Postal Service tradition of bringing attention to serious social issues of the day — one letter at a time,” said Potter. “Our hope is these stamps will encourage pet adoption and promote humane and responsible pet care.”
Anticipating the popularity of the series, the Postal Service has printed 300 million stamps — 15 million sheets — and is prepared to print more if 7.5 million sheets are sold by the end of May.
Starting today at 9 a.m. ET, information on the stamps and promotion events is available on usps.com and also stamps to the rescue.com, a microsite developed to promote the stamps.
Source: USPS Newslink