Winners of the 61st Annual Purina® Pro Plan® Show Dogs of the Year Awards Presented by Dogs In Review Announced


i-5 Publishing, a leading media technology company, and Dogs in Review magazine, today announced the winners of its 61st Annual Purina® Pro Plan® Show Dogs of the Year Awards event that took place Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Gotham Hall in New York City.  

Awards were presented at the Show Dogs of the Year black-tie, invite-only event, which honors the top canine competitors in the country. The awards were presented to the highest achievers in show dog competition, top professionals and organizations in the canine sport, as well as the Dogs in Review annual achievement awards, also known as the Winkies.

“Our Show Dogs of the Year event is always one of the most sought after tickets in town during Westminster Week and this year was no exception,” said Susan Roark, chief sales officer and Dogs in Review publisher for i-5 Publishing. “We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors again for their continued support in making this event such a huge success and look forward to another amazing event next year.”

Dr Jeglum and Dr Butherus

The awards and event were presented by Dogs In Review magazine and sponsored by presenting sponsor, Purina® Pro Plan®. In addition, Trupanion - medical insurance for pets, the AKC Canine Health Foundation, Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Diets and Vanderpump Pets sponsored and presented the special industry awards, including Shelter of the Year, Vet of the Year, Trainer of the Year and Purebred Rescue of the Year, respectively.

President of the American Kennel Club, Dennis B. Sprung, became the newest inductee into the prestigious Anne Rogers Clark Hall of Fame.

Industry Award winners, included:

  • Veterinarian of the Year– Dr. K. Ann Jeglum, VMD, DACVIM

  • Shelter of the Year - The Devoted Barn

  • Trainer of the Year - Laura Christiansen

  • Vanderpump Purebred Rescue of the Year - Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc.

Show Dogs Award winners, included:

  • Sporting Group - GCh. Rainbow Splash’s Ruggedly Handsome, Brittany

  • Hound Group - GCh. Sporting Fields Shameless, Whippet

  • Working Group - GCh. Derby’s Toast With Gusto, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

  • Terrier Group – GCh. Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie, Skye Terrier

  • Toy Group – GCh. Hallmark Jolei Rocket Power, Shih Tzu

  • Non-Sporting Group - GCh. Sabe’s Simply Invincible, Boston Terrier

  • Herding Group - GCh. Lockenhaus’ Rumor Has It V Kenlyn, German Shepherd Dog 

  • Obedience Dog - OTCh. Goldenloch Lay Down Your Bets, Golden Retriever

  • Best in Show - GCh. Lockenhaus’ Rumor Has It V Kenlyn, German Shepherd Dog

Winkies Annual Achievement Award winners, included:

  • Best Professional Handler – Kellie FitzGerald

  • Best Owner/Handler – Ed Fojtik

  • Outstanding Breeder - Eileen Hackett & Kate Hanlon - Chebaco English Setters

  • Show of the Year - Northeastern Indiana Kennel Club

  • Judge of the Year - Barbara Dempsey Alderman

For more photos from the event, click here.

About Show Dogs of the Year Awards
The Show Dogs of the Year Awards have been celebrating the excellence of the top Group winning show dogs, along with their owners, handlers and breeders for 61 years. The awards are presented at a black tie banquet held in New York City immediately prior to the Westminster Kennel Club show annually. Honored dogs must achieve the most Group First wins during a single calendar year at American Kennel Club-sanctioned conformation shows. Other awards are presented during the event to top professionals within the show dogs sport, as well as the Dogs in Review Annual Achievement Awards, affectionately known as the Winkies. The awards and event are sponsored by presenting sponsor, Purina® Pro Plan® and presented by Dogs in Review. For more information, visit:

About i-5 Publishing
i-5 Publishing is a leading media technology company that creates remarkable content focusing on lifestyle experiences for avid enthusiasts and informed specialty audiences. Our dedicated professionals ideate, design, and create iconic content and services that deliver audiences across all platforms. Founded in 2013, i-5 Publishing is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. For more information, visit

About Purina Pro Plan
Purina Pro Plan is proud to be the food of choice for the past ten Westminster Best in Show winners and 96 of the top 100 AKC All-Breed Champions.* With more than 400 on staff scientists, veterinarians and nutritionists, it’s our goal to provide a dog with the nutrition he needs to be his absolute best, to help keep him energetic and resilient, and to maintain an ideal body condition, healthy skin and a stunning coat. Consumers can learn more about our 80+ formulas and discover the right diet to meet the needs of any dog, from competitive canine athletes, to dogs living the life of leisure, by visiting or following @ProPlan on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
* 2007-2016. AKC Top Dogs™ All Breed Competition through December 31, 2015.The handler or owner of these champions may have received Pro Plan dog food as Purina ambassadors.

About Trupanion
Trupanion is a leading provider of medical plans for cats and dogs throughout the United States and Canada. For almost two decades, Trupanion's medical plan has given pet owners peace of mind so they can focus on their pet's recovery, not financial stress. Trupanion is committed to providing pet owners with the most value in pet medical insurance. Trupanion offers a simple, fair and comprehensive medical plan for cats and dogs that pays 90 percent of the actual veterinary costs for unexpected illnesses and injuries with no payout limits. Trupanion is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TRUP. Trupanion was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Seattle, WA.  Trupanion policies are issued, in the United States, by Trupanion’s wholly-owned insurance entity American Pet Insurance Company and, in Canada, by Omega General Insurance Company. For more information please visit

About The AKC Canine Health Foundation
For more than 20 years, the Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs and their people. The Foundation works to prevent, treat, and cure diseases that impact all dogs, while providing professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. Take action because you care; find out more online at

About Vanderpump Pets
Lisa Vanderpump and her pup Giggy, from Bravo’s hugely popular shows Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules, have launched a luxury pet lifestyle brand that is fit for the Beverly Hills pup, but priced for the everyday pooch. Helmed by Lisa and backed by her unstoppable team, over 2.5 million social media followers, celebrity friends and enraptured audience (over 6 million fans tuning in) - this series of pet accessories is poised to make a HUGE splash in the pet industry. Best of all: a portion of every sale from Vanderpump Pets will be donated to Lisa and Giggy’s favorite dog charities. Pandora Vanderpump Sabo, who presented the Vanderpump Pure Breed Rescue of the Year award, is the CEO & Founder of The Charity Collection, The Divine Addiction and Vanderpump Wines & Spirits. Most recently, the Vanderpump Family is in the process of launching The Vanderpump Dog Foundation, a non-profit organization working on a domestic & international level to end animal abuse and cruelty.

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