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German shepherd wins Best in Show at Westminster

New York – A German shepherd named “Rumor” took the title of Best in Show at the 141st annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday night at The Madison Square Garden.  Rumor was close to winning last year and returned this year before retiring to take the title.  Kent Boyles, handler and co-owner from Edgerton, Wisconsin said, “Rumor is going to head home to retire and be around the family…puppies will be in her future.”


Prior to the final evening there were two filled days of over 2,800 dogs competing for the preliminary cuts.  Tuesday evening final field before the Best in Show named were:  Norwegian Elkhound, Pekingese, Miniature Poodle, Irish Setter, Boxer, Norwich Terrier, and the champion “Rumor” a German shepherd.


The Masters Agility Championship at Westminster 2017

New York – The 4th Annual Agility competition Masters Agility Championship of The Westminster Kennel Club was held at Pier 94.  “Trick” a border collie won the final evening competition and claimed the Westminster Kennel Club agility contest.  The owner and handler was John Nys of Pascoag, Rhode Island.  Crush, a former shelter dog took the title for top mixed-breed dog in the competition, owner-handler Aryn Hervel of American Canyon, California. 

The Agility course earlier in the day for final elimination had 330 dogs run a course that was filled with tunnels, hoop, jumps, ramps.  The evening finals were narrowed down to 50 from the two run competition earlier in the day.

New York Pet Fashion Week 2017

New York - The snowstorm that hit the East Coast with a punch did not deter the 14th Annual New York Pet Fashion Show held at the Historic Hotel Pennsylvania.  The annual pet show is held to benefit animal rescue with some of the proceeds going to benefit the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.  Nearly 750 were in attendance for the “Global Couture for Animal Rescue” plus hundreds of beautifully designed couture designed fury friends.  Colorful designs with intricate detail represented cultures from different countries and the United States.  Broadway had a special segment as well as inclusions to the runway were showcased cats and a couple of rats.


New York Pet Fashion Show was presented by TropiClean.  The Gold Paw Award winners were three from Texas representing Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).  Their full skeletal designs were distinctly design from head to toe as they carried their two Chihuahuas and a Yorkie dressed in full matching outfits. Gregg Oehler is President of Oehler Media and Chairman of the NY Pet Fashion Show.

China Town NYC The Year of the Rooster

New York – Thousands lined the parade route in China Town.  The winding route was filled with jubilant families celebrating The Year of the Rooster.  The parade was filled with colorful floats, firecrackers and vintage cars.  The lion dancing was a definite highlight on the winding route with a well-coordinated team dancing with a head that could weigh more than 30 pounds and the body following.  The lion dance was thought to bring good luck and was followed by the large sound of cymbals, gong and a drum. 


The parade route headed down Mott Street and ended at Sara Roosevelt Park. The tenth in a 12-year cycle in the zodiac Chinese calendar is the Rooster.  2017 is the sign of The Rooster signifying  “Fortune and Personality.”

The 14th Annual New York Pet Fashion Show

New York – “The NY Pet Fashion Show”
 is an animal rescue benefit and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals (150 Alliance Partners) that is dedicated to providing a higher quality of life & "Forever Homes" for companion animals.  Hamptons Pet "The Global Luxury Pet magazine" is one of the media sponsors.


The iconic New York Pet Fashion Show (NYPFS) kicks off the Westminster Weekend and NY Fashion Week. The NYPFS is being held at the Hotel Pennsylvania that caters to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show’s participants, attendees and media from all over the world. The beautiful Penn Top Ballroom overlooks the city and Madison Square Garden is where the event is being held February 9, 2017 from 6-11 PM.  Greg Oehler is Chairman of NY Pet Fashion Show.  Just to name a few of the participants in the Gold Paw Awards Ceremony:  Rachel Grant Bond Girl "Die Another Day" Bravo's Tour Group, Naomie Olindo from Bravo's "Southern Charm" Katie Cleary Model/ActressBeth Shak-Leventhal (Professional Poker Player), Ashley Bellman from NBC & QVC Nicole Patrick Actress, Hamptons Pet magazine Travel Editor Loren Morrissey (Lulu), 
and more to be announced.

Safari Club International

Las Vegas – SCI known as the Safari Club International celebrated their 45th anniversary in Las Vegas.  Protection of worldwide future hunting combined with a strong emphasis on the importance of wildlife conservation and outdoor education.  Since 2000 over 60 million dollars has been invested in the conservation, education and humanitarian services. Annually $4 million is spent on Science-based conservation through wildlife research.  Over 20,000 attended the conference.


Over 50,000 members are involved in 170 chapters across the globe in helping to promote the appreciation of nature and wildlife so that conservation remain strong while protecting the hunting heritage.  The Mandalay Bay had over 2,000 booth spaces within the one million square foot facility.

141st Westminster Kennel Club adds three new breeds

The Sloughi
New York – The prestigious 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show introduced the American hairless terrier, the sloughi and the pumi as the three new breeds to compete.  The announcement was held at a news conference at Madison Square Gardens.  Over 2800 dogs from 202 breeds will compete for top honors of “Best in Show.”  The competition takes place February 11, 13 and 14th and will also encompass Master’s Agility Championship, Master's Obedience Championship and a non-competitive “meet the breeds” with an inclusion of cats.


Gail Miller Bisher, Westminster Club Director of Communications introduced Johnny, Candy and Rodney; three terriers that are hairless and hypoallergenic.  Pumi was introduced next as ZsaZsa and the sloughi breed with a background that dates back to the BC and bred in North Africa rounded off the three new qualifying breeds.  Respective owners Susan Medhurst and Jodi Kurpeil; Stratford, Virginia, Nancy Nelson, Norwalk, Connecticut and Julie Tenbesel and Erika Wyatt of Maple Park, Illinois.

The New York Times TRAVEL SHOW 2017

New York – The annual Travel Show was held at the Jacob K. Javits Center N.Y.C. with 150 countries represented and over 500 exhibitors.  Seminars ranging from family travel to culinary tours around the world. The size of tours ranged from small groups to large tour groups.  The exhibit was encompassing a wide variety of experiences so that the attendees could plan their upcoming adventure or to add to their bucket-list.  Travel Agents from around the world were presenting information to make travel easy and friendly with added adventure and mystic.  Government passport booths were at the Javits center answering questions to help make the process easier for the public to attain proper paperwork for travel. 


Rick Baron, Director, Worldwide Accounts, Tauck spoke at the seminar Focus On Luxury and said, “The world is more attainable.”  Edie Rodriguez, Chairman and C.E.O., Crystal Cruises spoke about the their cruises including the first submarine at sea and how their sensitivity to all their clients requests and needs are at the forefront.  Bruce Poon Tip, founder and Owner, G Adventures spoke at the Focus On Adventure Travel about how they have also have been involved in giving back to the world to fight poverty as their success in Travel market broadens.

New York Boat Show 2017

New York – The 112th annual Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show had over 400 boats exhibited at the Jacob K. Javits Center N.Y.C.  The styles ranged from the everyday watercraft to highly designed luxury motor yachts.  The New York Boat Show is the world’s first and longest-running boat show for the public to view.  2017 is expected to surpass 2016 sales by a rise of 10-11 percent from $8.4 billion in 2016.  At present 95 percent of boats sold in the U.S. are American manufactured. 


Trends for 2017 are larger and boats with accessible high technology.  Smaller boats are being efficiently designed with versatility for the upcoming new younger purchasers. The number of American’s that lives within an hour’s drive from navigable water is 95 percent.

World of Concrete 2017

Las Vegas – Over 60,000 industrial professionals that represent the concrete and masonry field gathered at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the first annual international event of the year dedicated to commercial concrete and masonry.  Las Vegas provides the one gathering location to efficiently learn about the latest technology of products, equipment and be able to view the products first hand.


Large equipment was on display ranging from trucks to excavators giving demonstrations of their capabilities.  Seminars went on during the day providing information for all to gain more percentage of profits and showcase the advancement of the technology for safety and preciseness to attain a final result.

President Trump first week

Washington, D. C. - First week after the Inaugural has begun with President Donald Trump non-stop with meetings, revisiting previous executive orders that were implemented during President Obama term.  The whole week will be a reflection of what to expect for the coming years on a national and international basis. 

Nominations are being finalized as well as Press secretary Sean Spicer held the first full White House briefing on Monday morning.  President Donald Trump signed three Executive Orders and pulled the US from Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  British Prime Minister Theresa May will be the first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader.

Flight of the Nations – Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Mass Ascension for Flight of the Nations lifted off early Wednesday morning with nearly 600 balloons.  The winds allowed the “box” to form that Albuquerque is so famous for.  The higher elevation had stronger winds that did not allow the competition portion of the balloons to come from outside the field to complete the task for a second day in a row.
America’s Challenge Gas Balloon race launch was held off for a day because of impending weather that they would encounter as the winds would float them eastward

Rolling Stones at TCF Bank Stadium “Satisfaction”

Minneapolis, MN - Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones rocked the TCF Bank Stadium with over 50,000 fans.  The rain stopped minutes before the Rolling Stones took the stage and fans stood throughout the two hour plus concert absorbing music that the band has been performing over 53 years.  Mick Jagger remains strong with his iconic dance form that everyone has become accustomed to seeing along with playing the harmonica to “Midnight Rambler.” 


BOSTON 40th Anniversary Moondance Jam
Walker, Minnesota – BOSTON played to a fully packed arena at Moondance Jam 25.  The 25th anniversary for Moondance Jam 25 had a non-stop music festival for the weekend and is known as one of the top country music festivals. Multi-thousands of fans came out to hear the top musicians from all over the world.  BOSTON’s performance was cut short because of a huge lightning storm that was passing through the area after some very hot and humid days.
Moondance jammin Country Fest weekend

Justin Moore
Walker, MN – A temperamental weather pattern gave way to a large double rainbow over the main arena as Moondance jammin Country Fest was in full swing with a packed arena of fans.  Friday went off like clockwork with the well-defined organization that Moondance has been noted for.  Entertainers began with Dallas Smith, Jon Pardi, Rodney Atkins and Justin Moore.  Saturday will be filled with performances by Lost Highway, Sarah Darling, Joe Nichols and Hunter Hayes.

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