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United Kennel Club welcomes New York Times best-selling author to PREMIER Dog Show in June
Posted on 05/28/2013 in Dog Events.

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United Kennel Club welcomes New York Times best-selling author to PREMIER Dog Show in June

Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 28, 2013 – A Kalamazoo-based company since 1898, United Kennel Club, the world’s largest all breed performance dog registry, is pleased to welcome New York Times best-selling author Ted Kerasote to its UKC PREMIER Dog Show, June 14-16 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, at the Kalamazoo Expo Center and Fairground, for a book signing event on Friday and Saturday.

Mr. Kerasote will be on-hand Friday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. His best-selling books, Merle’s Door and Pukka’s Promise, will be available for purchase from Michigan News Agency. Admission to the PREMIER dog show is $5 per car per day, or $10 per car for a weekend pass. Event hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; spectators are encouraged to come early.

Merle's Door: Lessons From A Freethinking Dog is a national best-seller. Acting as Merle's translator, and using Merle's life and lessons as a door into the world of dogs, Ted takes us on the journey they shared. He explores why the dog-human bond is so intense and how people and dogs communicate so readily with each other. He also uses the latest wolf research — showing that wolves treat maturing pups as partners rather than as subordinates — to explain how sharing leadership with your dog, rather than being its alpha, can help to create a healthier, more self-reliant, and better-socialized companion.

In the months following the publication of Merle’s Door (2007), Ted received hundreds of emails from readers who had lost beloved dogs, always closing their letters with a variation on this theme: “Why must our dogs die so young?”

In his newest book, Pukka’s Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, February 2013), Kerasote sets out to answer that question, combining five years of international research and interviews with breeders, veterinarians, and leaders of the animal-welfare movement to help dog owners rethink the everyday choices they make for their pets. Kerasote explains in detail how our own lifestyles intimately affect the longevity of our dogs.

And as he did in Merle's Door, Kerasote interweaves fascinating science with the charming stories of raising Pukka among his many dog friends in their small Wyoming village. Funny, revelatory, and full of the delights of falling in love with a dog, Pukka's Promise will help redefine the potential of our animal partners.

"In addition to meeting Mr. Kerasote, at UKC’s PREMIER™ Dog Show, spectators will find the always entertaining sport of dock jumping, put on by Ultimate Air Dogs, as well UKC licensed all breed conformation events, agility trials, obedience trials, rally obedience trials, terrier races, weight pull, and lure coursing events. New to this year’s UKC PREMIER™ Dog Show is NoseWork and Barn Hunt."

For more information on this event - and a discount on admission, visit the UKC website, ukcdogs.com - and other UKC events as well as links to UKC sponsor websites, be sure to visit the official website at www.ukcdogs.com.

Established in 1898, the United Kennel Club is the largest all-breed performance-dog registry in the world, registering dogs from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries. More than 60 percent of its 15,500 annually licensed events are tests of hunting ability, training, and instinct. UNITED KENNEL CLUB prides itself on its family-oriented, friendly, educational events. To find out more about registration and events, call or visit our website. Phone: (269) 343-9020; Fax: (269) 343-7037; www.ukcdogs.com.