February 17, 2007

Our Live Westminster Coverage Continues Feb 10-17th

Darlene Arden announces the winner of the Best in Show, along with the group winners. Jerry Grymek, the NY Hotel Penn, tells us about all of the strange food requests for the dogs, brought to you by DogSure.


Westminster Winners
Darlene Arden
Darlene tells us a little something about this years' Westminster winners.

BEST IN SHOW: Felicity's Diamond Jim; Breed: Spaniel (English Springer)
WORKING: Redwitch Reason To Believe; Breed: Akita
TERRIER: Hobergays Fineus Fogg; Breed: Dandie Dinmont Terrier
TOY: Smash Jp Win A Victory; Breed: Poodle (Toy)
NON-SPORTING: Brighton Minimoto; Breed: Poodle (Standard)
SPORTING: Felicity's Diamond Jim; Breed: Spaniel (English Springer)
HOUND: Celestial Cj's Jolly Fairchild; Breed: Petit Bassets Griffons Vendeen
HERDING: Ace's Indelible Mark HT; Breed: Bouviers des Flandres


Westminster Doggy Concierge
Jerry Grymek, Dog Concierge New York's Hotel Pennsylvania
As with every year since Westminster began, New York's Hotel Pennsylvania is overcome with dogs. But that's okay with them; they're a year-round dog-friendly hotel. Hear Jerry Grymek tell some of the funny stories about the requests of Westminster guardians for their dogs. And do you know the most ordered items that are requested from room service? I'll give you a hint ­ cheeseburgers are at the top of the list. But to hear more, you'll have to tune in!


Hero - A Dog
Britt Savage
Shannon Lorio was recently in a car accident in a remote area. During the accident, her car went down an embankment and she was ejected from the vehicle. She then found herself alone when she heard something approaching in the woods. Shannon, initially fearful, was then confronted by a large dog.

The dog managed to pull her by her collar and was able to drag her approximately 50 yards through the woods to the edge of a highway. The dog then let her lean on him so she could flag down help.

The dog was taken to a shelter where his owners refused to claim him, stating that he was always taking off. Shannon couldn't adopt him because she already has six dogs.

The dog has now been named hero and is currently being evaluated for search and rescue work ­ since this seems to be what he does best! He has also received over 50 offers from people wanting to adopt him.


Give Your Pooch a Massage and You'll Both Feel Better
Dr. Jim Humphries, Veterinary News Network
When we pet our dogs, we know by looking into their dreamy eyes how good it must feel. But what about giving our dogs a massage? Well, I think it's a good idea. Petting and massage are different.

Massage is a deliberate and focused technique, with each stroke controlled in pressure, direction and intention. Experts claim that massage increases blood circulation and lymph movement and brings a sense of comfort and tranquility. Studies show that when people have affectionate contact with their dog's skin for just a few minutes, measurable amounts of positive bio-chemicals are released into the bodies of both the dog and the person. While we always knew this act made us feel good, we did not know how good it was for us.

Petting dogs helps to lower blood pressure, decrease cholesterol levels, minimize stress by dropping chortisol levels, blunt chronic pain, elevate moods and even raise children's IQ scores. According to Dr. Narda Robinson at Colorado State University, what remains unknown is whether the benefits from massage arise simply from gentle touch, or whether the mechanical impact of massage itself yields helpful benefits.
With so many massage techniques available, it would be helpful to know which specific method optimizes performance, promotes healing, increase relaxation and prevents injuries. Either way, you should give it a try. You both will benefit from it.


Clicker Training a Cat
Marilyn Krieger, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant
Believe it or not, cats are very trainable. Marilyn talks about the use of clicker training, which is based on positive reinforcement and operant conditioning to train cats. Cats, for the most part, enjoy the challenges of training and the interactions with their human companions. An added benefit of training is that many unappreciated behaviors disappear when cats are trained.

Clicker training cats works well on cats that are treat motivated. The trick is finding the right treat, such as dehydrated chicken or turkey that they will do anything for. In order for there to be no confusion with the clicking, you can add a verbal command with the click.

Listen in and find out how to correct behaviors in your cat!


Storybooks of Stone ­ Animals in Rock Art
Rae Ann Kumelos, Voice of the Animal
On rock art from Norway to the Southwest, France to Peru, discover how the elements of earth are used to communicate the story and spirit of the animals who lived in the far distant past.


Brooklyn Goat Escapes Slaughterhouse
Susie Coston, Farm Sanctuary's New York Shelter Director
Wandering aimlessly among the alleyways and busy streets of Brooklyn, NY, Joey, a young floppy-eared goat around six months old, easily stood out to passersby. Joey's ear was tagged for slaughter, indicating he most likely escaped from one of the multiple live markets or slaughterhouses scattered throughout Brooklyn and other boroughs in New York City. Upon entering a busy intersection on Hoyt Street, someone took notice of this out-of-place farm animal and called the Brooklyn branch of Animal Care & Control of New York City (AC&C). Though able to rescue him from the city streets, AC&C is not able to keep farm animals in their shelters, so Farm Sanctuary was called.

Now in safe hands at Farm Sanctuary, Joey will receive a full medical check to make sure he is healthy. He will then be introduced to the other 34 goats residing at Farm Sanctuary's New York Shelter. All have come from various rescue and abuse cases across the U.S., including one goat, Simon, who was also rescued off the streets of Brooklyn, found near several live markets. Other slaughterhouse escapees residing at Farm Sanctuary's New York Shelter include Queenie, a cow who escaped a slaughterhouse in Queens, NY; Cinci Freedom, a cow who jumped a 6-foot fence at a slaughterhouse in Cincinnati, OH; and Annie Dodge, a cow who escaped an auction house in Vermont.


Why Does My Dog Do That?
Arden Moore, The Dog Behavior Answer Book
In Arden's latest book, she answers actual questions from owners like you who just want to enjoy a great relationship with that tail-wagger sharing their home. Over the past 5 years she has collected queries posed to her during appearances on television and radio pet shows.

Do you ever wonder why your dog turns around several times before lying down? Or which breeds are the easiest and hardest to train? Arden answers these and other questions you may have but were afraid to ask!


Dr. Eric Davis, Director of Rural Area Veterinary Services
Dr. Eric Davis will perform 50 surgeries in conjunction with Spay Day USA, February 27th, a day to shine a national spotlight on spay/neuter as the simple, humane solution to the tragedy of pet overpopulation. During Spay Day USA, concerned community members-including veterinarians, animal welfare professionals and animal guardians-join forces to spay or neuter as many animals as possible, to educate the public about the importance of spay/neuter and to raise needed funds for spay/neuter. Since Spay Day USA's inception in 1995, event participants have spayed or neutered an estimated 1,366,000 companion animals and feral cats, saving potentially millions of animal lives.

Dr. Davis developed the Humane Society of the United States' Rural Area Veterinary Services Program (RAVS) in 1995. The RAVS program combines high quality direct-care veterinary field clinics with clinical training for future veterinary professionals to improve the health and welfare of animals in remote rural communities.



Feral Adventures in the Backyard Jungle
Nina Malkin, An Unlikely Cat Lady
A Brooklyn woman who "has it all" gets a lot more than she bargained for when a family of wild cats moves into her backyard.

Anyone who has ever fed a feral cat can relate to Nina's stories. She will have you laughing out loud when you read her descriptions of these little kittens who come at her like "jacked up marines storming a beach" or like "PMS plagued shoppers at a Barney's Warehouse Sale."

This book is packed with insights and information on feline behavior and the nuts and bolts of cat caretaking. So, sit back and enjoy!

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