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Joe Biden picks a puppy and other news

There are a couple of interesting news items today for dog lovers.  First, vice-president-elct Joe Biden has chosen his new puppy!  Remember his wife promised him that if he won the election he could get a “big dog” to go with him to Washington.  Well, Mr. Biden has indeed chosen a big dog breed.  According to a story in the Chester County Daily Local News (Pennsylvania), Mr. Biden and his secret service contingent recently paid a visit to a respected breeder in East Coventry.  There he looked at a litter of German Shepherd Dog puppies and made his selection.  He said he was looking for a social and obedient pup.  “He is the nicest person on this earth,” Brown said about her meeting with Biden…He was very gracious.”  Brown said, “He hugged and kissed all of the shepherds.”  That sounds good.

 

 

 

Joe Biden and his new puppy

Joe Biden and his new puppy

Apparently Mr. Biden has had German Shepherd Dogs in the past and likes the breed.  He became interested again this time when he noticed the K9 team one of his secret service people had and he struck up a conversation with the trainer about them.  He asked the man to recommend a breeder and do some research for him.  Now the trainer will be taking the puppy for six weeks of training (including housebreaking) before he joins Mr. Biden in Washington.  They believe this will allow Mr. Biden and his family time to settle in their new home before the puppy joins them and ease the transistion.  His grandkids are going to name the new puppy.

 

 

Good luck to Mr. Biden with his new puppy.  That’s great.  It sounds like he touched all the bases and made a great choice for him and his family.  No word yet on the Obamas’ choice of a dog for their family.  They seem to still be considering their options.  I’m sure it’s difficult to choose when everything you do attracts national attention.

 

In other dog news, if you like to watch dogs shows (and I know there are people who do), the big AKC-Eukanuba National Championship dog show is being held in Long Beach, California this weekend.  Show coverage won’t be aired on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel until January (I really wish they would go back to live or same-day coverage, the way it was the first year or two), but you can watch same-day coverage of the Bred-By Exhibitor group competitions on the AKC Web site Saturday and Sunday.

 

Toy, Sporting, Hound and Non-Sporting groups will be judged on Saturday, December 13, and Working, Terrier and Herding groups will be judged on Sunday, December 14.  If you go to the AKC Web site on those days you can watch the video for each group.

 

 

The Sealyham Terrier, last year's AKC/Euk BIS Winner

The Sealyham Terrier, last year's AKC/Euk BIS Winner

The eighth AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, Bred-by-Exhibitor Best in Show and Eukanuba World Challenge competitions will premiere as a television simulcast on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel on Saturday, January 31, 2009 from 8-11 p.m. (ET/PT). In addition, the AKC Agility Invitational will air on Animal Planet on February 7, 2009 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

 

 

There’s plenty of other information about the show on the AKC’s Web site.  The dogs are competing not only for Best In Show, but also for Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show — and since this show was created to honor breeders, that’s a big deal.  This show is also very rare among dog shows because it offers cash prizes.  More than $225,000 will be awarded to the winners of the show, thanks to Eukanuba Dog Foods.  At every other show people and dogs are only competing for trophies, with an occasional token amount of money that might cover gasoline or your motel bill.  The winners of this show can also claim, with a great deal of justification, to be the top dogs in the country.  Some of the best show dogs in the country will be seen at this show, going up against each other in head-to-head competition.  They may not have met each other before all year.  So, it’s very interesting to see how they match up against each other in the ring.

 

The AKC-Eukanuba National Championship is lots of fun if you like dog shows.  Visit the AKC Web site this weekend if you would like to take a look at the Bred-By group competitions.  Allow for the time difference — the show is in California so it will be three hours later for East coast people.  Remember that many times the Bred-By winner will also go on to win Best of Breed and compete in the regular group competitions, so you may be able to spot the eventual Best In Show winner.

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