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Sky is the Limit!

A 5-year old Wire Fox Terrier named Sky won Best in Show at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. As she posed for cameras, she claimed the silver bowl trophy as hers by putting her front paws in it. Gabriel Rangel, Sky's handler, said at the news conference that Sky is, "the little perfect dog." And the judge agreed!

Great Gifts for Dog Lovers

Beautiful old dogs: a loving tribute to our senior best friends by edited by David Tabatsky ; photography by Garry Gross ; forword by Victoria Stilwell

Bless the dogs by Monks of New Skete ; [photography by Vincent Remini]

Maddie on things: a super serious project about dogs and physics by Theron Humphrey

Newborn puppies: dogs in their first three weeks by Traer Scott

Pure joy: the dogs we love by Danielle Steel

Shake by Carli Davidson

Weekends with Daisy by Sharron Kahn Luttrell

And the National Dog Show Winner is...

Jewel, an American Foxhound, won Best in Show at the National Dog Show in Philadelphia. Over 18 million viewers watched as Jewel became the winningest American Foxhound in the history of the breed. Missed it? Watch the encore tonight at 8:00 PM on NBC.

Best in Show Dog Show 2013 Winner

Joey, the Yorkshire Terrier won CPL's Best in Show Dog Show! Adopted from a rescue organization as a puppy, Joey now 5, demonstrated he had it all to take the Best in Show prize. Joey won Best Trick to qualify for Best in Show. Congratulations, Joey! You are Canton's Top Dog for 2013!

Joey shown here with his owner, ChuChu Houle, on September 14, 2013.

Best in Show contest winners from left: Bruno (German Shepherd), Coco (Sheltie mix), Joey (Yorkie), Presser (Greyhound), Ginger (bulldog), and Roxy (Great Dane) on September 14, 2013.

Best in Show Dog Show 2013

Best in Show LogoWho will be Canton's Top Dog? Why not yours? Register now by returning the waiver form by 6 PM September 13 and join us on Saturday, September 14 at 11 AM in back of the library under the tent. Space for contestants is limited to the first 25 waivers received but all are welcome to come see the show. This event is fun for all ages! Bring your four-legged best friends and show them off in our contests for: Best Costume, Best Trick, Best Behaved, Best Looking, Best Biggest, Best Smallest and Best in Show. Winners will receive fabulous prizes! Enjoy a free hot dog and pop! REGISTRATION OPENS 9 AM Saturday August 31.

Book Club Choices: April 2013

The perfect book for a book discussion is one that's not too easy, not too hard, that will hold the interest of a diverse group of readers and will also inspire a lively discussion. For additional book club resources the Canton Public Library offers a wide variety of Book Club in a Bag kits.

The Paris wife: a novel by Paula McLain

The art of racing in the rain: a novel by Garth Stein

Gone girl: a novel by Gillian Flynn

The language of flowers: [kit] a novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Rockefellers: an American dynasty by Peter Collier and David Horowitz

Banana Joe the Affenpinscher wins Best in Show

He's the top banana. He's the top dog. He's Banana Joe, the five-year old affenpinscher won Best in Show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show last night in New York's Madison Square Garden. Banana Joe defeated 6 other dogs and will retire.

 

Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show

The Detroit Kennel Dog Show will hold its annual benched competition this weekend, March 3 and March 4, at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. Besides judging who will win Best in Show, there will be herding demonstrations, agility contests, the Rock-n-Roll K9 Performance Team, pet therapy dogs, and local canine celebrities.

Pekingese is Westminster Winner!

Malachy, a 4-year old Pekinese took home the Best in Show prize at the 2012 Westminster Kennel Dog Show Tuesday night in New York City. He defeated a Dalmatian, German shepherd, Doberman Pinscher, Irish setter, a Kerry blue terrier and wire-haired dachshund to win the silver bowl. No prize money is awarded to the winner, but the prestige is plenty.

Golden Collar Awards

Hollywood will honor its on-screen canine performers in its brand-new awards show, The Golden Collar Awards Monday at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. And the nominees are:
  • Cosmo as Arthur in Beginners
  • Uggie as Queenie in Water for Elephants
  • Denver as Skeletor in 50/50
  • Hummer as Dolce in Young Adult
  • Uggie as The Dog in The Artist
  • Maximilian as Blackie in Hugo
They are all winners, but my bet is on Uggie!

Who Will Be America's Next Top Dog?

On Monday, February 13th, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, 2,000 of the finest purebreds will compete for the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Best in Show event. Watch all the drama unfold on Monday from 8:00-9:00 PM on the USA Network and from 9:00-11:00 PM on CNBC. The Best in Show competition will be televised live from 8:00-11:00 PM on the USA Network. May the best dog win and stay tuned for the newest book Show Dog to hit our shelves soon!

Best in Show Dog Show on August 6th

Canton Library will host our own special "Best in Show" Dog Show on August 6th from 10:00AM-Noon. Pets must register ahead of time starting July 6th at 9:00AM — but all humans are welcome! A signed waiver form and other information about your pet is required if you wish to be in the show. You must present your homeowners insurance and dog's shot records to participate. Dogs will be judged on various criteria including appearance, behavior, best trick, and best costume. Many prizes will be awarded with an overall special "Best in Show" Grand Prize for the winner. Make sure to sign up your furry best friend on July 6th, then bring family, friends and relatives to watch on August 6th!

Dogs

Reading to a friendly dog has become a popular program here at CPL. But you don't have to save your dog reading for that program alone. I bet your own dog would love for you to read to them, especially a book about dogs. The kids department has lots of fiction and non-fiction books on dogs. To keep it short and simple, check out some fun poems in It's About Dogs, Little Dogs Poems, or I Didn't Do it, which offers a irresistible glimpse into your puppy's mind.

New Dog Park Opening in Canton

A new Dog Park, located in Cherry Hill Village at Preservation Park, will open on Friday, May 20th. Dogs can run and play freely in a fenced, six-acre outdoor space. The park is divided into two sections: one for large dogs (over 20 pounds) and one for smaller dogs (under 20 pounds). Membership fee for the park is $25 for Canton residents and $50 for non-Canton residents. Current dog licenses are required.

A Dog Year

Based on the 2003 memoir by best-selling author Jon Katz, A Dog Year tells the story of a writer going through a midlife crisis who agrees to adopt a high-strung border collie with issues named Devon. Read the book or watch the movie.

Canton's Going to the Dogs!

The 2nd annual Paws in the Park event returns to Canton's Heritage Park this Saturday and Sunday, August 28-29. The weekend is packed with fun activities for the whole family — including your four-legged friends, so don't leave Fido at home! Take your dog through an agility course and the "Chase It" lure course, participate in the Paw Walk to benefit the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV), enter the dog costume and float contest, cheer on your favorite Ultimate Air Dogs competitors (jump into a 40-foot pool) and visit the pet adoption and pet vendors areas. Other don't-miss shows: Rock n' Roll K9s and Pawsitive Vybe disc dogs. Admission is free for dogs and children 10 and under and $5 at the gate for everyone else. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit HSHV.

New Improved Dog Park Opened

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano cut the ceremonial leash to officially open the park, located at Hawthorne Ridge along Hines Drive west of Merriman in Westland. Wayne County Parks requires registration for the new park. The cost is $5 to register and proof of vaccinations and current dog license is mandatory.

Feed Your Pet Right

We, as humans and consumers, may look at food labels before we buy a product. Maybe if it's too high in sugar or sodium or fat we won't buy it. If you have a pet, have you ever read the labels on pet food? You might be surprised. This book, Feed Your Pet Right, is by a human nutritionist, Dr. Marion Nestle, and an animal nutrition expert, Dr. Maldon Neheim. The authors take a fascinating look at the science behind pet food and guides pet owners to make informed decisions to provide a healthy, balanced diet for their pets.