Read the latest from Pro Club
A good breeder is armed with the latest information. Review our recent announcements about Purina championship events, competition results, Pro Club program updates and the Purina Points program.
AKC Canine Health Foundation Presents Ann Viklund Its President’s Award
At the “Canines & Cocktails” gala, held Dec. 14 in Orlando, Fla., the AKC (American Kennel Club) Canine Health Foundation presented Viklund its President’s Award for helping to advance canine health. About 425 dog-passionate enthusiasts attended the event that celebrates achievements in canine health research.
‘Newton,’ a Brussels Griffon, Wins 16th Annual National Dog Show
A happy, darling 3-year-old red rough male Brussels Griffon named “Newton” wowed Best in Show judge Peter Green to win the 16th annual “National Dog Show Presented by Purina.”
16th Annual ‘National Dog Show Presented by Purina’ Airs on Thanksgiving Day
As traditional as turkey and cranberries are on Thanksgiving Day, “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina” is a favorite of millions of people who tune in to watch the televised program as part of their holiday. This year’s show promises to be one of the best ever with 2,135 dogs competing, the highest entry in the past 10 years.
Spotlight on success
Learn more about what drives Pro Club members and inspires their dedication to exceptional breeding, showing and competition.
BRIGHT MIND-Fed Cardigan Welsh Corgi Named ‘Libby’ Wins National Specialty Best of Breed
Showing her heart out for owner-handler Sherri Hurst of Houston at the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America (CWCCA) National Specialty May 14, “Libby,” an 8-year-old brindle bitch, moved effortlessly. With beautiful side gait, powerful reach and drive, and a perfectly level topline, Libby looked as though she could go on endlessly.
Kaylynn Williams – Featured Members Story, Sporting
Kaylynn Williams’ passion for Beagles began at a young age. Her grandfather, uncle and father have had an affinity for the breed for over 40 years. Now, at age 21, Kaylynn competes with her Purina® Pro Plan® fueled Beagles in an average of 30 to 40 field trial events each year. She also owns and operates KW Kennels near her home in Martinton, Illinois, and even runs a successful nationwide junior handler program.
Kerrie Kuper, Karasar Whippets
Kerrie Kuper, Karasar Whippets
Meet the Team
We’re in it together
Like you, our team members are avid breeders and enthusiasts. Meet our field team and consultants, and learn what ignites our passion for great dogs.
In her job as the Sporting Program Coordinator for the Purina Professional Engagement Team, Gail Inman meets owners, trainers and handlers of all kinds of sporting dogs. She coordinates the Purina Sporting Dog Award Program, which honors the top dogs in six sporting segments, and she has been instrumental in helping to develop Purina’s support of youth programs that encourage participation in dog sports.
Ann Viklund, Director of Conformation for the Purina Professional Engagement Team, has contributed immensely to Purina’s support of the dog fancy. When Ann joined Purina in 1997 as a Field Promotions Representative, Purina was just beginning to partner with enthusiasts.
Scott Smith, Managing Director of the Professional Engagement Team, has worked for Purina since 1999. In his current job, Scott meets show and sporting enthusiasts from across the country. He particularly enjoys attending agility and other dog sports at the Purina Event Center in Gray Summit, Mo., which is part of his team.