Turning heads with his gorgeous mahogany head, black-blanket back, and white “cat” feet at bench shows across the country, a Treeing Walker Coonhound called “Rock” became the first three-time winner of the Purina Outstanding Bench Show Coonhound Award in the 12-year history of the program. CCH GR WCH GR NITE CH GR CH ‘PR’ Preacher John the Rock earned 210 points from 21 bench shows during the yearlong race, finishing 50 points ahead of the runner-up. “Rock gave 110 percent at every show,” says handler Michael Seets, who co-owns the dog with his wife, Myra, of Stonefort, Illinois. “Rock’s coloration and style catch the judge’s eye,” Seets adds of the 6-year-old male, bred by Vera Bergbauer of Hartford City, Indiana. “You couldn’t paint a prettier dog.” Rock is powered by Purina Pro Plan SPORT Performance 30/20 Formula.
Purina Sporting Dog Awards
See who earned the highest honor in field competition
The Purina Sporting Dog Award program promotes interest in field competition and recognizes handlers who exemplify hard work, effort, experience and sportsmanship.
- 2015 Purina Outstanding Bench Show Coonhound Award
- 2015 Purina Outstanding Nite Hunt Coonhound Award
- 2015 Purina Outstanding SPO Field Trial Beagle Award
- 2015 Purina Outstanding Derby Retriever Award
- 2015 Purina Outstanding Amateur Retriever Award
- 2015 Purina Outstanding Open Retriever Award
- 2015-2016 Purina Top Shooting Dog Derby Award
- 2016-2016 Purina Top Shooting Dog Amateur Award
- 2015-2016 Purina Top Shooting Dog Award
- 2015-2016 Purina Top Shooting Dog Handler
- 2015-2016 Purina Derby Top Field Trial Bird Dog
- 2015-2016 Purina Amateur Top Field Trial Bird Dog
- 2015-2016 Purina Top Field Trial Bird Dog
- 2015-2016 Purina Top All-Age Handler
- 2016 Purina Brace Beagle Champion Award
- 2016 Purina Brace Beagle Derby Award
- 2016 Purina Outstanding Field Trial Brace Beagle Award
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