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A good breeder is armed with the latest information. Review our recent announcements about Purina championship events, competition results, Pro Club program updates and the Purina Points program.

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Inaugural ‘Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina’ Showcases Top Honors for Purina Pro Plan-Fed Dogs

Purina® Pro Plan®-fed dogs made a clean sweep by winning Best in Show and all the Group Firsts at the inaugural “Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina.” “Rip” (GCH Fidelis Ripcord), a 3-year-old red male Doberman Pinscher, stole the show by capturing the coveted Best in Show title at the Saturday event held by the Kennel Club of Beverly Hills.

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The 2017 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Highlights Big Wins for Purina Pro Plan-Fed Dogs

Purina® Pro Plan® continues to be the food of choice for many of the Best of Breed dogs and Group First Winners at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. This year, six of seven Group Firsts were fed Purina® Pro Plan®.

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Purina & Westminster Begin 10-Year Partnership

With the 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show just weeks away, Purina and the Westminster Kennel Club begin a 10-year agreement making Purina® Pro Plan® the exclusive pet food sponsor of the world-famous dog show. A five-year sponsorship, from 2012 to 2016, preceded this. The partnership pairs the oldest continuously held dog show in the country with the maker of Purina® Pro Plan®, the dog food that has fueled the past 10 Westminster Best in Show champions.

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Featured Members

Spotlight on success

Learn more about what drives Pro Club members and inspires their dedication to exceptional breeding, showing and competition.

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BRIGHT MIND-Fed Cardigan Welsh Corgi Named ‘Libby’ Wins National Specialty Best of Breed

Showing her heart out for owner-handler Sherri Hurst of Houston at the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America (CWCCA) National Specialty May 14, “Libby,” an 8-year-old brindle bitch, moved effortlessly. With beautiful side gait, powerful reach and drive, and a perfectly level topline, Libby looked as though she could go on endlessly.

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Kaylynn Williams – Featured Members Story, Sporting

Kaylynn Williams’ passion for Beagles began at a young age. Her grandfather, uncle and father have had an affinity for the breed for over 40 years. Now, at age 21, Kaylynn competes with her Purina® Pro Plan® fueled Beagles in an average of 30 to 40 field trial events each year. She also owns and operates KW Kennels near her home in Martinton, Illinois, and even runs a successful nationwide junior handler program.

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Kerrie Kuper, Karasar Whippets

Kerrie Kuper, Karasar Whippets

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Meet the Team

We’re in it together

Like you, our team members are avid breeders and enthusiasts. Meet our field team and consultants, and learn what ignites our passion for great dogs.

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Gail Inman

In her job as the Sporting Program Coordinator for the Purina Professional Engagement Team, Gail Inman meets owners, trainers and handlers of all kinds of sporting dogs. She coordinates the Purina Sporting Dog Award Program, which honors the top dogs in six sporting segments, and she has been instrumental in helping to develop Purina’s support of youth programs that encourage participation in dog sports.

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Ann Viklund with two of her dogs

Ann Viklund

Ann Viklund, Director of Conformation for the Purina Professional Engagement Team, has contributed immensely to Purina’s support of the dog fancy. When Ann joined Purina in 1997 as a Field Promotions Representative, Purina was just beginning to partner with enthusiasts.

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith, Managing Director of the Professional Engagement Team, has worked for Purina since 1999. In his current job, Scott meets show and sporting enthusiasts from across the country. He particularly enjoys attending agility and other dog sports at the Purina Event Center in Gray Summit, Mo., which is part of his team.

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