Winners of the 61st Annual Purina® Pro Plan® Show Dogs of the Year Awards Presented by Dogs In Review Announced

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Top Dogs, Owners, Breeders and Handlers in the Country Recognized
During Annual Event

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–i-5 Publishing, a leading media technology company, and Dogs In Review
magazine today announced the winners of its 61st
Annual Purina® Pro Plan® Show Dogs of the Year Awards
event that
took place Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Awards were presented at the Show Dogs of the Year black-tie,
invite-only event, which honors the top canine competitors in the
country. The awards were presented to the highest achievers in show dog
competition, top professionals and organizations in the canine sport, as
well as the Dogs In Review annual achievement awards, also known
as the Winkies.

“Our Show Dogs of the Year event is always one of the most sought after
tickets in town during Westminster Week and this year was no exception,”
said Susan Roark, chief sales officer and Dogs In Review
publisher for i-5 Publishing. “We would like to take this opportunity to
thank our sponsors again for their continued support in making this
event such a huge success and look forward to another amazing event next
year.”

The awards and event were presented by Dogs In Review magazine
and sponsored by presenting sponsor, Purina® Pro Plan®. In addition,
Trupanion – medical insurance for pets, the AKC Canine Health
Foundation, Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets and Vanderpump Pets
sponsored and presented the special industry awards, including Shelter
of the Year, Vet of the Year, Trainer of the Year and Purebred Rescue of
the Year, respectively.

President of the American Kennel Club, Dennis B. Sprung, became the
newest inductee into the prestigious Anne Rogers Clark Hall of Fame.

Industry Award winners, included:

  • Veterinarian of the Year – Dr. K. Ann Jeglum, VMD, DACVIM
  • Shelter of the Year – The Devoted Barn
  • Trainer of the Year – Laura Christiansen
  • Vanderpump Purebred Rescue of the Year – Yankee Golden Retriever
    Rescue, Inc.

Show Dogs Award winners, included:

  • Sporting Group – GCh. Rainbow Splash’s Ruggedly Handsome, Brittany
  • Hound Group – GCh. Sporting Fields Shameless, Whippet
  • Working Group – GCh. Derby’s Toast With Gusto, Greater Swiss Mountain
    Dog
  • Terrier Group – GCh. Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie, Skye Terrier
  • Toy Group – GCh. Hallmark Jolei Rocket Power, Shih Tzu
  • Non-Sporting Group – GCh. Sabe’s Simply Invincible, Boston Terrier
  • Herding Group – GCh. Lockenhaus’ Rumor Has It V Kenlyn, German
    Shepherd Dog
  • Obedience Dog – OTCh. Goldenloch Lay Down Your Bets, Golden Retriever
  • Best in Show – GCh. Lockenhaus’ Rumor Has It V Kenlyn, German Shepherd
    Dog

Winkies Annual Achievement Award winners, included:

  • Best Professional Handler – Kellie FitzGerald
  • Best Owner/Handler – Ed Fojtik
  • Outstanding Breeder – Eileen Hackett & Kate Hanlon – Chebaco English
    Setters
  • Show of the Year – Northeastern Indiana Kennel Club
  • Judge of the Year – Barbara Dempsey Alderman

About Show Dogs of the Year Awards

The Show Dogs of the Year Awards have been celebrating the excellence of
the top Group winning show dogs, along with their owners, handlers and
breeders for 61 years. The awards are presented at a black-tie banquet
held in New York City immediately prior to the Westminster Kennel Club
show annually. Honored dogs must achieve the most Group First wins
during a single calendar year at American Kennel Club-sanctioned
conformation shows. Other awards are presented during the event to top
professionals within the show dogs sport, as well as the Dogs In
Review
Annual Achievement Awards, affectionately known as the
Winkies. The awards and event are sponsored by presenting sponsor,
Purina® Pro Plan® and presented by Dogs In Review. For more
information, visit: http://www.showdogsoftheyear.com.

About i-5 Publishing

i-5 Publishing is a leading media technology company that creates
remarkable content focusing on lifestyle experiences for avid
enthusiasts and informed specialty audiences. Our dedicated
professionals ideate, design, and create iconic content and services
that deliver audiences across all platforms. Founded in 2013, i-5
Publishing is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. For more information,
visit www.i5publishing.com.

About Purina Pro Plan

Purina Pro Plan is proud to be the food of choice for the past ten
Westminster Best in Show winners and 96 of the top 100 AKC All-Breed
Champions.* With more than 400 on staff scientists, veterinarians and
nutritionists, it’s our goal to provide a dog with the nutrition he
needs to be his absolute best, to help keep him energetic and resilient,
and to maintain an ideal body condition, healthy skin and a stunning
coat. Consumers can learn more about our 80+ formulas and discover the
right diet to meet the needs of any dog, from competitive canine
athletes, to dogs living the life of leisure, by visiting www.proplan.com
or following @ProPlan on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
*
2007-2016. AKC Top Dogs™ All Breed Competition through December 31,
2015. The handler or owner of these champions may have received Pro Plan
dog food as Purina ambassadors.

About Trupanion

Trupanion is a leading provider of medical plans for cats and dogs
throughout the United States and Canada. For almost two decades,
Trupanion’s medical plan has given pet owners peace of mind so they can
focus on their pet’s recovery, not financial stress. Trupanion is
committed to providing pet owners with the most value in pet medical
insurance. Trupanion offers a simple, fair and comprehensive medical
plan for cats and dogs that pays 90 percent of the actual veterinary
costs for unexpected illnesses and injuries with no payout limits.
Trupanion is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol
TRUP. Trupanion was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Seattle, WA.
Trupanion policies are issued, in the United States, by Trupanion’s
wholly-owned insurance entity American Pet Insurance Company and, in
Canada, by Omega General Insurance Company. For more information please
visit Trupanion.com.

About The AKC Canine Health Foundation

For more than 20 years, the Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health
Foundation has leveraged the power of science and research to improve
the lives of dogs and their people. The Foundation works to prevent,
treat, and cure diseases that impact all dogs, while providing
professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner.
Take action because you care; find out more online at www.akcchf.org.

About Vanderpump Pets

Lisa Vanderpump and her pup Giggy, from Bravo’s hugely popular shows Real
Housewives of Beverly Hills
and Vanderpump Rules, have
launched a luxury pet lifestyle brand that is fit for the Beverly Hills
pup, but priced for the everyday pooch. Helmed by Lisa and backed by her
unstoppable team, over 2.5 million social media followers, celebrity
friends and enraptured audience (over 6 million fans tuning in) – this
series of pet accessories is poised to make a HUGE splash in the pet
industry. Best of all: a portion of every sale from Vanderpump Pets will
be donated to Lisa and Giggy’s favorite dog charities. Pandora
Vanderpump Sabo, who presented the Vanderpump Pure Breed Rescue of the
Year award, is the CEO & Founder of The Charity Collection, The Divine
Addiction and Vanderpump Wines & Spirits. Most recently, the Vanderpump
Family is in the process of launching The Vanderpump Dog Foundation, a
non-profit organization working on a domestic & international level to
end animal abuse and cruelty.

Contacts

i-5 Publishing
Cameron Triebwasser
949.855.8822, ext. 3345
ctriebwasser@i5publishing.com