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                                  February 2012    

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Celebrate Our 19th Anniversary!

Feb. 1-20, 2012, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.--Dog Beach Dog Wash's annual anniversary & Valentine celebration, with everything on sale, up to 50% off, including Wash Coupon Books & special Valentine Toys & Bandanas 




Sat., Feb. 11, 2012, 9 to 11 a.m.--Dog Beach Cleanup with Friends of Dog Beach, at the pawprint entry to Dog Beach.  Bags & gloves, plus toys & treats will be provided for you and your friendly dogs



Puppy Love 5K Walk/Run

Sun., Feb. 12, 2012, 7 a.m.-- Helen Woodward Animal Center's 3rd Annual Puppy Love 5K Run/Walk, and the Wagging Wellness Vendor Village, on the 101 in Solana Beach




Westminster Kennel Club Dog

Mon. & Tues., Feb. 13 & 14, 2012, 8-11 p.m.--136th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show televised on USA Network and CNBC, from Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Tickets for both days start at $80, but televised free courtesy of Purina 



logo design for Canine Cancer Campaign

Sat., Feb. 18, 2012,
9 a.m. registration, walk begins at 10 a.m.--
K9 Cancer Walk
sponsored by the Morris Animal Foundation, at Walnut Grove Park,
1950 Sycamore Dr., San Marcos



Silver BayKC logo

Sat. & Sun., Feb. 26 & 27, 2012, all day--Silver Bay Kennel Club Dog Show (entries close Feb. 8) with Conformation, Obedience, Rally, & Agility trials, and a "Meet the Breeds" extravaganza, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Admission is free, parking $9 



Ugly Dog Contest logo design

Sun., March 11, 2012, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.-- 17th Annual Ugly Dog Contest by
the Del Mar Kiwanis Club to benefit the Rancho Coastal Humane Society Safehouse Program & Helen
Woodward Therapeutic Riding Program, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Activity Center, off Jimmy Durante Blvd. in Del Mar 




Sun., March 25, 2012, 8 a.m.-12  

noon-- Paws in the Park 2012  to benefit the Escondido Humane  

Society, at Kit Carson Park, 3333

Bear Valley Pkwy, Escondido  



 Walk for Animals

Sat., May 5, 2012, 9 a.m.-12 noon--18th  Annual Walk for Animals to benefit the  San Diego Humane Society & SPCA,  

at Crown Point Shores in Pacific Beach.



Pet Day on the Bay  

Sat., May 12, 2012, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.--Pet Day on the Bay by Hornblower Cruises, to benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center.  Tickets for the 1-hour cruise are $23 a person, and dogs cruise free.  Begins at North Harbor Drive between Broadway and Ash.  


Which Breed Will You Root For? 


If you have never seen Christopher Guest's improvisational comedy film "Best in Show," now would be a great time to reset your Netflix queue, or snag a copy on Ebay.  You'll enjoy the real thing so much more.

February offers San Diegans the opportunity to watch two fascinating dog shows:  the televised Westminster Kennel Club's sporting event on February 13 and 14 from New
York City, and the live excitement of the area's largest dog show with the Silver Bay Kennel Club Dog Show February 26 and 27 at the local Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Hickory, Scottish Deerhound, was 2011 winner
Hickory, a Scottish Deerhound, won the 2011 Best in Show title
at last year's AKC Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 

The American Kennel Club (AKC) sanctions more than 15,000 dog shows a year to further its purpose to promote the study, breeding, exhibiting and advancement of purebred dogs. 

In addition to conformation events, which judge the
overall appearance and structure of breeding stock, the AKC sponsors events such as obedience trials, Canine Good Citizen tests, field trials, agility trials, lure coursing, rally, hunting tests, herding trials, tracking tests,
coonhound and earthdog events.  For most of us it's a chance to see beautiful dogs and wonder why the mutt at our feet doesn't look or act the same way.

All-breed dog shows break the dogs into AKC-approved groups
for judging purposes.  Westminster, for example, will judge

these groups on Monday:
* Hounds
* Toy
* Non-Sporting
* Herding

and on Tuesday:
* Sporting
* Working
* Terrier

and the winners of each group will compete live on Tuesday
night for the title of

* Best in Show

You can find more information on the Westminster Kennel Club's
webiste, including broadcast schedules:

This year the AKC will introduce six new breeds eligible to
compete for the Best of Show grand prize at Westminster,
bringing the total to 185 breeds.  Before the AKC approves a
new breed, there must be a significant number of dogs
in the U.S., a breed club to oversee enthusiasts, and geographic diversity.

The six new breeds are (clockwise from upper left):

* Xoloitzcuintli ("show-low"), Mexican hairless
* Norwegian Lundehund, six-toed puffin bird hunter
* Finnish Lapphund, reindeer herding dog
* American English coonhound
* Cesky terrier
* Entlebucher Mountain Dog, Swiss herding dog

Editor's note:  These and other so-called "designer breeds,"
some known as mutts, are available for adoption at the San
Diego County Animal Shelter or Humane Society.  And you can name your own loveable mutt's breed after giving yours a DNA test from

Happy Valentine's Day!

photo of Jane & Mindy and their pets

Jane & Mindy (with Chipper, Juno & Zydeco)

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more
than you love yourself."

- Josh Billings    s