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Canine celebrities bedazzled all, as they strolled down the red carpet runway on their way to Best in Show judging at the second annual Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina. Featuring six of seven Group First winners fed Purina Pro Plan, the star-studded lineup shined with Top 100 dogs, many ranked No. 1 in their breed.
“Benelli,” or “Benny” for short, was 5 years old in 2007 when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his right front leg. The gregarious Rottweiler, titled in conformation, obedience, carting, and as a therapy dog, seemed to have a bum leg from the start. At 18 months old, Benny, painfully lame, had surgery for elbow dysplasia.
Terrier breeders who have had dogs that suffer from primary lens luxation (PLL), a painful, genetic eye disorder that often leads to blindness, shared relief when the gene mutation was discovered last fall by researchers at the University of Missouri, and the Animal Health Trust and the University of Cambridge, both in the United Kingdom. By mid-September a DNA test was available for PLL, allowing breeders to test dogs to determine which ones are carriers, affected and normal.
Professional Engagement Team
It’s a privilege to work for the best pet food company in the world! Purina’s culture of excellence in nutrition and support of Sporting Dog events allows me to help promote the sporting dog world. Purina’s support allows many events that otherwise would not take place or would be limited to flourish. Through this job, I am able to give back to the sporting dog world which has been such a big part of my life for the last 20 years.
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.
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Dean has been with Purina over 7 years, since January, 2006.
As the Conformation Program Coordinator for the Purina Professional Engagement Team, Marilaé Perkins travels to some of the most prestigious dog shows in the country. These include the Westminster Kennel Club, Kennel Club of Philadelphia, and International Kennel Club of Chicago dog shows. Marilaé started working for Purina in 1994 in the Premiums Purchasing Department, switching to her current job in 1997.
My name is Marci Sale and I am the Plains Area Manager for the Breeder Enthusiast group. I began my career with Purina as an Ambassador in 2006, exclusively attending Labrador Specialties. I retired as a registered nurse and moved into my current position of Area Manager in April of 2010.
I am a breeder/owner/handler of Labradors and have finished several champions under the kennel prefix “Larkspur”. I have been involved in breeding and showing dogs for more than 25 years and specifically Labradors for 23 + years.