Cupid Went Rogue

>> Sunday, February 14, 2010

Cupid went rogue and dressed me up funny....Happy St. Valentines Day everyone!!
~Cosette Ruby Comer~


2010 Westminter Kennel Club Dog Show

It's that time of year again, 2010 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Madison
Square Gardens, New York City, N.Y.

Several of my south Florida friends packed their bags, cars and vans and headed out for the big apple. Canines and their human companions alike are excited to be part of
the biggest dog show in the United States. Westminster is one of the only remaining
bench shows
in the country. A bench show is equivalent to a meet and greet area.
This gives the dogs, owners, handlers and breeders an opportunity to visit with people who may be interested in their breed or showing dogs.

This year at Westminster Kennel Club 3 new breeds will be making their debut.
A Norwegian buhund, The Pyrenean Shepherd, pictured below,

Also debuting will be Alchemy, a nine year old sleek coated Irish red & white setter

In case you are wondering where all the dogs can go to get their daily exercise and walks...

There are areas planned out in advance just for these necessary activities.
Including a designated bathing area,

Doggie grooming area

and of course, the all important potty area

While Westminster Kennel Club is known for it's famed annual all breed dog show, the organization has also generously donated proceeds yearly to many charities. ASPCA, Search & Rescue Dogs, Greyhound Rescue, Red Cross and most recently have teamed up with Pedigree for the Pedigree Adoption Drive. The combined effort has generated nearly $2 million dollars toward breed rescues and rescue of shelter dogs.

Westminster is the nations second largest continually held sporting event, after the Kentucky Derby. For those interested in watching the groups will be aired by USA network Monday, February 15 at 8pm eastern. Remaining groups and Best In Show will air Tuesday, February 16th from 8p-11pm eastern.

Pictured below is Uno, the beagle who won Best In Show in 2007.

For more information on the Westminster Kennel Club and the 2010 show, here is a link to the site.

To donate to the Pedigree Adoption drive

*All pictures were acquired on the internet I own nothing.


Therapy Dog Foundation Inc. - What Is A Therapy Dog

>> Monday, February 1, 2010

Since I have been working on the Therapy Dog Foundation Inc. website, I thought I would share with you a bit about the benefits of training and working as a Therapy Dog Team.

As a member of Therapy Dog Foundation Inc., I have seen first hand the positive response from those who have had an opportunity to experience a visit from our dogs.

Studies have shown positive interaction with dogs helps relieve depression, reduces blood pressure and even increases practical stimulation.

Members who take part in therapy dog class typically find it's a wonderful way to bond with your dog.

Once certified and established as a Therapy Dog Team you become eligible to participate in various types of community events. Whether you're visiting a local nursing home, or a local hospital, this can be very rewarding for all involved.

If you are interested in joining a therapy dog program please look online for a Therapy Dog Club near your city. I leave you with a link to our local chapter for those who are interested.


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