Archive for November, 2012

Take your dog on the Queen Mary II

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Considered to be the grandest ship ever built to date, this luxury ocean liner features indulgences from bow to stern. Travelers can enjoy all the modern amenities as well as it’s striking opulent decor, world class dining and entertainment, lounges, theaters, personalized services, and a Planetariu – the only one at sea. Travelers may embark from a dozen ports around the world; the US ports are Ft Lauderdale, Los Angeles, and New York. Dogs are allowed on board and preplanning is highly recommended as there are only a limited number of kennels. Depending on the destination, certain preparations must be made for the dogs that usually take up to about 6 months prior to the trip: example – blood work, shots, destination requirements, etc. One kennel will accommodate dogs 25 pounds and under; dogs over 25 pounds will need 2 kennels. A Kennel Master is always on duty to see to the walking, feeding, and cleaning of their canine guests. Each kennel costs $700 per trip. More Information.

A Gingerbread Treat for your Dog

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Here’s a recipe for Gingerbread Mailmen cookies from the book, Feed Your Best Friend Better by Rick Woodford. The cinnamon and ginger in these tasty treats provide a healthy dose of antioxidants not found in commercial pet food, and the molasses gives dogs a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals.

National Dog Show and Two New Breeds

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

The NBC Thanksgiving Day special, “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®,” will crown one of America’s great purebreds as its 2012 champion on Thanksgiving Day, bringing canine competition and entertainment into America’s living rooms for the 11th year.

The holiday special (noon – 2 p.m. in all time zones) follows the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC and is watched annually by a total of almost 20 million viewers. Over 170 breeds vie for “Best in Show” honors in the tradition-rich Kennel Club of Philadelphia competition. An encore presentation will air on NBC in primetime on Friday from 8-10 p.m. ET.

“Families now know to find the National Dog Show Presented by Purina on Thanksgiving Day at noon following the Macy’s Parade,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “With the encore presentation Friday night, these great dogs get to show their stuff in primetime.”

The special is a celebration of America’s fascination with man’s best friend, hosted by John O’Hurley, the “Seinfeld” ensemble actor (catalogue king J. Peterman) and ultimate champion on ABC’s inaugural “Dancing With The Stars.” O’Hurley is joined by expert analyst David Frei, who is the voice of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on USA Network and America’s foremost authority on the sport.

The National Dog Show also boasts a powerful online presence at www.NBCSports.com and at www.NationalDogShow.com. Because of heavy interest from breed enthusiasts around the world, those platforms offer a look at every dog in the group competition, featuring the walks, examination and judging of all the breed-winning canines. The online video will include extensive highlights from the TV special and video from the 10 Best In Show winners who were crowned on Thanksgiving Day over the event’s first decade. The sites will also feature behind the scenes photos and video, capturing all of the backstage energy generated by 1,500-plus eager canines.

Unlike traditional dog show coverage, the two-hour special’s unique content is facilitated by the open format of the event, one of only five remaining “benched” shows in which the dogs are on display all day for the visiting public.

The show will spotlight two new AKC-recognized breeds, both of which will be making their major-event and national television debuts. The Russell Terrier and Treeing Walker Coonhound will be introduced to the American television audience as part of the family entertainment special airing on NBC affiliates across the country.