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And the Nominees Are... The 2009 Winkies® for Annual Achievement

We’re pleased to formally announce the nominees for the 2009 Winkies®. The winners in each category will be determined by the votes cast on the ballot that will appear in the November issue of Dogs in Review, and the winners will be announced on Feb. 13, 2010, on the evening of the 55th Annual Show Dogs of the Year Awards in New York City prior to Westminster.

This year’s list of nominees includes many who have never been nominated before, as well as a few old favorites. There is no question that the new faces are as worthy of their nominations as our old favorites. The sport of showing purebred dogs is so full of talented individuals who take part as breeders, professional handlers, owner-handlers, judges and club members, that it is impossible to recognize every deserving individual. It is our honor to be able to recognize just a handful of these people and clubs.

The October issue of DR will include photos of each of the nominees, comments from the Nominating Committee, and the criteria used to select and vote for each category.

Congratulations to all!

Show of the Year
• Atlanta Kennel Club
Atlanta, Ga.
• Dog Fanciers Association of Oregon
Portland, Oregon
• International Kennel Club of Chicago
Chicago, Ill.
• Louisville Kennel Club
Louisville, Ky.
• Oklahoma City Kennel Club
Oklahoma City, Okla.

Judge of the Year
• Sandra Goose Allen
St. Petersburg, Fla.
• Mary Ann Alston
Ocean Pines, Md.
• Houston Clark
Decatur, Tenn.
• W. Everett Dean
Richmond, Va.
• James Reynolds
Nepean, Ont., Canada

Outstanding Breeder
• Carol Harris
Bo-Bett Whippets and Italian Greyhounds
Reddick, Fla.
• Barbara Miller and Susan Kipp
Max-Well Norfolk Terriers
Old Brookville, N.Y.
• Thomas L. Oelschlager
Kontoki Siberian Huskies
Finleyville, Pa.
• Claudia Orlandi
Topsfield Basset Hounds
Essex Junction, Vt.
• Patricia Craige Trotter
Vin-Melca Norwegian Elkhounds
Carmel, Calif.

Best Professional Handler
• Doug Carlson
Moore, Okla.
• Larry Cornelius
Ocala, Fla.
• Eileen Hackett
Pendleton, Ind.
• Laura King
South Milan, Ill.
• Amy Rutherford
Elverta, Calif.

Best Owner-Handler
• Alice Lawrence
Fuzzy Farm Havanese
Stafford Springs, Conn.
• Jere Marder
Lambluv Old English Sheepdogs
Valparaiso, Ind.
• Deb Shindle
Riverside Pembroke Welsh Corgis
Vero Beach, Fla.
• Linda Souza
Limerick Irish Wolfhounds
San Martin, Calif.
• Helen George Witt
Ripsnorter German Wirehaired Pointers
Mt. Vernon, Ohio

Christi McDonald, Editor



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Doglover   Sioux Falls, SD

11/8/2009 12:52:13 PM

How about Scott Sommers for handler of the year. He showed a dog that nearly died to Best in show at Westminster. A 10 year old dog in fact that sleeps on his bed everynight with his other Westminster champion a Bichon named J.R.

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