Tuesday, January 25, 2011


American Brittany Rescue (ABR) is pleased to announce they will be joined by Bill McFarlin and his Brittany, Star, at the 10th Annual 2011 World of Pets Expo at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD. The Expo will take place January 28-30, 2011.

“Since ‘Greatest American Dog’ aired on CBS for one season in 2008, Bill and Star have become a part of the ABR family and we are so pleased to have them joining us at the ABR booth for the World of Pets Expo,” Andrea Bock, ABR Maryland State Coordinator, said. “Bill is a wonderful, patient dog owner and trainer, and we’ve enjoyed having he and Star join ABR.”

At the Expo, Bill will be a part of the ABR team, talking to attendees about the benefits and needs for breed-specific rescues, as well as training techniques that Bill will demonstrate with Star and the Brittany breed in general. Since “Greatest American Dog” ended, Bill continues to teach agility, works with his herding dogs and teaches street obedience at the local college near his home in Texas. Star entertains thousands each year with her many tricks, plus making visits to hospitals, retirement homes, schools, and prisons.

“At 10 years old, Star is considered a senior aged Brit. It’s wonderful to have her there with us, to show that just because a dog is senior in age, they still lead active, viable lives. The kind of life Star has with Bill and his family showcases the senior aged Brit programs ABR has had in place for several years now,” Andrea said.

Bill and Star were eliminated in Episode 8, “My Dog Can Fly,” of “Greatest American Dog.” In Episode 5, Teresa Hanula and her dog, Leroy, won the Dog Bone Challenge, but presented it to Bill and Star. In Episode 6, Bill and Star won, but returned the favor, giving it to Teresa and Leroy.

2011 also marks the fourth anniversary of the partnership between ABR and Annie’s Pooch Pops. As the largest, handmade dog treat company, Annie’s produces the highest quality, best looking, gourmet dog treat on the market, and their product line continually evolves as it expands to include cats and horses. Annie’s is active with ABR and the company provides specially branded “Happy Dog Meals” each year for the rescue’s holiday catalog, as well as sponsoring the ABR booth at the World Expo of Pets.

The Expo will have the following schedule:
·         Friday, January 28
o   The Main Arena: 2:30 PM-7 PM
o   The North Hall Stage and Clinician Demo Area: 4-6 PM
·         Saturday, January 29
o   The Main Arena: 10:30 AM-6 PM
o   The Maryland Pet Gazette Seminar Hall: 11 AM-5 PM
o   Seminar Hall 2: 11 AM-5 PM
o   Workshops (pre-registration is required): 11 AM-4 PM
·         Sunday, January 30
o   The Main Arena: 10:30 AM-5 PM
o   The Maryland Pet Gazette Seminar Hall: 11 AM-4 PM
o   Seminar Hall 2: 11 AM-2 PM
o   The North Hall Stage and Clinician Demo Area: 12-5 PM
o   Workshops (pre-registration is required): 11 AM-4 PM

About American Brittany Rescue
Founded in 1991, American Brittany Rescue (ABR), headquartered in Earlville, IL, is a nationwide cooperative effort of Brittany owners, breeders and fanciers who believe we have an obligation not only to our own dogs and the dogs we produce, but to all dogs of our breed. Since its founding, ABR has rescued and placed in either permanent homes or foster homes, nearly 1,000 Brittanys per year; dogs who have been mistreated, abused, abandoned or given up by their families. ABR works cooperatively with vets, shelters and other rescue groups to save as many Brittanys we can, as soon as we find out about them. In addition to providing veterinary treatment to the rescued Brittanys, ABR has volunteers across the country, working with prospective adoptive families, doing fund-raisers and working to spread awareness about the Brittany breed.

About World of Pets Expo
The World of Pets Expo is not just another pet expo; this is truly a unique event. Education and entertainment are important annual aspects of the expo and seminars will be presented covering many topics related to dogs, cats, reptiles, birds, ferrets and fish. Seminars will be conducted by local, regional and national experts. Also, exciting animal entertainment will be presented non-stop by a variety of organizations including dog, reptile, bird and a large cat related event. For more information about the Expo, please call 410-374-5964 or 800-882-9894, or visit their website at www.worldofpets.org.

About Annie’s Pooch Pops
Annie’s set out 10 years ago to provide the pet industry with a super premium gourmet treat that was healthy and aesthetically appealing to both pet and owner. It wasn’t easy in the beginning, as many of her friends didn’t really accept the idea of cooking for pets (little did they know she was way ahead of her time). The public did, however, embrace the extra special treats and purchased as much as she could bake in a week every week. Over the next couple of years, Annie developed more fantastic treats and a solid client base to go along with them. For more information about Annie’s Pooch Pops, please visit their website.

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