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Nestlé Purina PetCare Company and the Westminster Kennel Club today announced a multi-year agreement making Purina the "official pet food sponsor" of the Annual Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show.
Taking his routine bow before beautifully floating around the ring, a liver-and-white-ticked German Shorthaired Pointer called “CJ” took the coveted honors at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, becoming the 10th consecutive Westminster winner fueled by Purina® Pro Plan® brand dog food and completing a Pro Plan-fed sweep of the Group First winners.
Just weeks away from the prestigious 139th annual Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) Dog Show on Feb. 16 and 17 in New York City, Purina® Pro Plan® lovers can’t wait to learn whether the Best in Show winner is another Purina® Pro Plan®-fed dog. If so, this will be the ninth consecutive year the winner is fueled by Purina® Pro Plan®.
Endurance and exceptional bird-finding ability helped Awsum Country Girl, a 3-year-old white and liver female Pointer handled by George Tracy of Glenville, Penn., and scouted by his son, Mike Tracy, to win the 2014 National Open Shooting Dog Championship. His win with “Zeva” marks the fourth time George Tracy has handled the winning dog at the national competition.
Fast on the ground, Zeva worked to the front and found an outstanding 11 quail coveys during the 90-minute horseback stake. “She always finds a lot of game and she’s got a lot of stamina,” says George Tracy.
Genetics and training aren’t the only two factors that make a champion. Specialized nutrition is a key component in a show dog becoming a show-stopper. In fact, 94 of the TOP 100 AKC All-Breed Champions* and 9 out of the last 9 Westminster Best in Show Champions are fed Purina®Pro Plan®.**
“The National Dog Show Presented by Purina” will capture the attention of Purina® Pro Plan®brand dog food lovers and purebred dog enthusiasts eager to see if Pro Plan®-powered dogs sweep the Groups and take Best in Show for the third consecutive year.
On February 8, 2014 at the Show Dogs of the Year Awards, the 2013 Purina Pro Plan Champions Cup was awarded to GCH AfterAll Painting The Sky, the 5-year-old female Wire Fox Terrier who earned 394 points at Purina-sponsored all-breed dog shows throughout the yearlong competition. Accepting the award on behalf of Team “Sky” are, from left, co-owner Victor Malzoni Jr., co-owner Mary Olund, handler Gabriel Rangel, co-owner Diane Ryan, Purina Director of Conformation Ann Viklund, handler Ivonne Rangel, and Purina Senior Area Manager Connie Wagner. Congratulations!