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AKC Canine Health Foundation Benefits From 2012 Westminster Kennel Club Show Poster Sales

(December 16, 2011)

RALEIGH, NC -- (Marketwire) -- 12/16/11 -- The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) has been named the recipient of the proceeds from sales of the official poster for the Westminster Kennel Club (WKC) 136th Annual Dog Show.

"The AKC Canine Health Foundation is extremely proud and honored to be chosen by the Westminster Kennel Club as this year's beneficiary of the proceeds from their poster sales," said CHF Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel Terry Warren. "This significant donation is furthering our funding of sound, scientific research and the dissemination of health information that is helping dogs live longer, healthier lives."

Each year, WKC selects a canine-related charity or organization to receive proceeds from its prestigious show's poster sales. WKC conducts a contest, sponsored and judged by the New York Academy of Art, to design the official poster.

Chris Duke, an accomplished illustrator from New Hartford, Conn., designed the 2012 pen, ink and watercolor poster, which was selected top choice out of 23 entries. The 2011 WKC Best in Show winner GCH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind, a Scottish Deerhound better known as Hickory, served as Duke's inspiration for her winning entry, which also features other breeds in their respective judging groups.


"I spent a while with Hickory's photos on my drawing board. I fell in love with her expression and bearing," said Duke, who owns a Boston Terrier named Lucy. "I decided to feature Hickory central [in the design] surrounded by groupings of seven breeds. I also decided to feature a scene of the winning moment when Hickory was awarded Best in Show."

Duke is particularly proud that sales of the poster will benefit all canines. "I love the commitment of the AKC Canine Health Foundation to the health of dogs and to the important research they foster," said Duke, who plans on attending the upcoming show.

Posters can be ordered at www.akcchf.org/how-you-can-help/donate/wkc-poster.html. They also will be available for purchase at the WKC 136th Annual Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Feb. 13-14, 2012.

"The poster makes a great holiday or personal gift," Warren said. "Plus, it is a great way to support the Foundation's ongoing research and education efforts that help prevent, treat and cure canine diseases."

If interested in making contributions directly for canine health research and education, visit the CHF website at www.akcchf.org and click on the "Donate Today" button or text "dog" to 20222 to make a $5 donation.

For more on Duke and her artwork, including portraits of dogs, visit her website at www.ChrisDukeArt.com.

Like CHF at www.facebook.com/akccaninehealthfoundation or follow us on Twitter at @CanineHealthFnd.

About CHF
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs live longer, healthier lives by funding research that helps prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Established in 1995, CHF's mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information. Through the generous support of the American Kennel Club, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Pfizer Animal Health, dog clubs and dog owners worldwide, CHF has dedicated more than $33.2 million to canine health research projects and education programs. Visit CHF online at www.akcchf.org for more information.

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