Over 150 breeds and over 2,000 dogs competed at the National Dog Show presented by Purina, which took place on November 14-15, 2009 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. Aired on NBC on November 26, the Dog Show 2009 lasted 1 hour and 41 minutes and reached the audience of nearly 20 million viewers. Today this most widely viewed dog show in America is becoming an important American holiday tradition.
The Dog Show 2009 was hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia. John O'Hurley ("Dancing with the Stars," "Seinfeld") and the dog expert David Frei were the hosts. And Uli, the top-ranked bulldog in the country was one of the participants.
All the participants of this two benched, all-breed National Dog Show presented by Purina were vying for Best of Breed, First in Group and the coveted title of Best in Show. The Best in Show winner was selected from among seven finalists, the dogs titled best in their respective groups, which are Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding. (Photo Credit: Karen/Flickr)
This time it was Sadie the Scottish Terrier from the Terrier group who came out on top. She is owned by Amelia Musser from Mackinac Island, Michigan. For Sadie, formally known as Ch. Roundtoun Mercedes of MaryScot, it was a great victory. She received a $6,000 cash prize and won the hearts of millions of adoring spectators.
The bulldog Uli won in the non-sporting category, and the final list of winners of the Dog Show 2009 appeared as follows:
Terrier Group: Scottish Terrie "Sadie" Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot, owned by Amelia Musser, Mackinac Island, Mich.
Herding Group: Bearded Collie "Roy" Ch. Tolkien Raintree Mr. Baggins, owned by Ellen Charles, Washington, D.C.
Hound Group: Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen"Cupid" Ch. Celestial CJ’s Hearts on Fire, owned by Jeanne and Charles Hurtz and Lynn and Mark Florian, Darien, Conn.
Non-Sporting Group: Bulldog "Uli" Ch. Kepley’s Showbiz Razzle Dazzle, owned by Joan Fisher, Robert Speiser and Barbara Wolfe, New York, N.Y.
Toy: Miniature Pinscher "Major" Ch. Kimro’s Soldier Boy, owned by Richard and Linda Stark and Kim Pastella Calvacca, Westbury,
Sporting: Labrador Retriever "R.J." Ch. Casbar’s Hart to Hart J.H., owned by Diane Ammerman, Mahwah, N.J.
Working: Doberman Pinscher "OJ" Ch. Allure Blazing Star Alisaton, owned by Nancy Bosley, Julie Porter and Carmen Pitts, Cary, N.C.
The Dog Show 2009, sanctioned by The American Kennel Club, has helped to raise money for the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine with support from the Purina ProPlan® brand dog food.