I’ve successfully trekked from sunny southern California to freezing New York City for 135th Annual Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show. I had such a great time last year, as a Westminster virgin, at the grand dame of the dog show circuit.
At Westminster 2011 I saw Sadie (AKA Champion Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot) win Best in Group (terrier) and Best in Show (see Sadie the Scottish Terrier Wins Westminster 2010 Best in Show). The crowd vociferously expressed their fondness of the compact, spunky Scottish terrier (“Scottie”) who fulfilled many predictions with her win.
To get fully into the dog show spirit, I attended the Pre-Westminster Fashion Show at New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania. Theevent benefited Sean Casey Animal Rescue and displayed the latest in canine haute couture.
I met many vendors displaying pet products that I would recommend for Cardiff or my veterinary patients, including:
BooBooLoon Protective Petwear- makers of a very useful inflatable body protecting neck collar. It’s a kinder, more comfortable version of the plastic Elizabethan collar (AKA “lampshade”) notoriously dreaded by pets forced to wear it.
Dog Gone Smart Pet Products- manufacturers of dog beds, jackets, collars, and leashes that stay clean thanks to Nano technology.
Nupro All Natural Supplements- producers of a variety of palatable supplements for dogs, cats, and ferrets.
Dog Info USA- designers of the helpful and innovative My Dog record keeping app for iPhone and iPad.
I also met (but did not get a photo with) the burly, tattooed stars of Rescue Ink, who were there to meet, greet, and support a good cause.
I am now preparing for an intense two days of watching the world’s premiere canines compete at Westminster 2011 in Madison Square Garden. My veterinary attuned mind is going into overdrive with all the possibilities for upcoming pet care blogs.
As Westminster is a public show, the benching area will house each breed of dog during their competition time and gives me unlimited access to the dogs and their breeder/handler/owners. I will be focusing on collecting new information from on breed related illness affecting these pure bred dogs (see Westminster Best in Show breed specific illnesses).
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Dr. Mahaney moved to Los Angeles to join the TLC Pet Medical Center team in early 2006. His practice philosophy is to improve the quality of life for both pets and their owner’s by establishing client relationships with open lines of communication and providing optimum care within his capabilities.
Dr. Mahaney completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society basic course in 2006 and is now a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA). He is especially interested in chronic pain management and uses a variety of modalities, including acupuncture, to improve the comfort level of his patients. Dr. Mahaney strongly believes that many canine and feline diseases can be better managed by incorporating both Western and Eastern treatments. In 2008, Dr. Mahaney incorporated his own small business, California Pet Acupuncture & Wellness (CPAW). CPAW offers in-home acupuncture and musculoskeletal therapy, pet appropriate environment consultation, veterinary supervised exercise sessions, and euthanasia.
Having lived in Philadelphia, DC, and Seattle, Dr. Mahaney feels as though Los Angeles’ mix of city, nature, and culture make it the ideal place to establish both personal and professional roots. Dr. Mahaney resides in West Hollywood with his Welsh Terrier, Cardiff. He and Cardiff enjoy canyon hiking, urban trekking, running on the beach. Dr. Mahaney also enjoys working out, playing tennis, doing yoga, going to museums, cosmetically improving his home, propagating plants, and spending quality time with friends and family.
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