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2010 Meet the Breeds Event is a Huge Success

From cats in costumes to “Toto” and the human characters from the Wizard of Oz, the American Kennel Club® (AKC) and Cat Fanciers’ Association® (CFA) hosted more than 39,000 people at the second annual Meet the BreedsTM – the largest showcase of dogs and cats in the world.

Presented by PetPartners, Inc., your partner in pet health care, more than 1,000 dogs and cats, representing 200 breeds, filled the Javits Center on October 16 & 17. From the more common Golden Retriever and Siamese cat to some of the rarer breeds, such as the Otterhound and American Curl cat, dog and cat lovers were treated to interactive, decorative displays and allowed to meet and pet each breed while learning directly from the experts the responsibilities of owning that pet.

The AKC and CFA were proud to once again offer the public this opportunity to see, touch and play with dogs and cats, including some of the rarest breeds, most people may have only read about or have seen on television or in books. The event also helped educate children of all ages – including local Girl and Boy Scout troops – to learn more about which dog or cat could become a lifelong member of their family.

There was nonstop action, with demonstrations by police dogs, flyball champions, and agility stars – both canine and feline. Spectators also enjoyed a Kitty Cat-ture fashion show featuring Meow Wear designer Carla Reiss, Frisbee Disc Dogs, and agility events that allowed children to race against the dogs and cats by running through weave polls, jumping over obstacles and crawling through tunnels. A 25 lb. Maine Coon cat named “Walker” was even crowned New York’s favorite cat by receiving the most applause to win CFA-Iams “Cat Idol.”

More than 100 vendors also offered every imaginable pet product offering owners the opportunity to bring a little something back to their four-legged furry friends at home.

View photo coverage at www.meetthebreeds.com as well as those we have in our photo galleries.

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