“How Your Dog Sees You” Jay Kitchener Memorial Challenge

Every day, you come up with dinner for the dog to eat. You must be a god of food.

If you bait your dog with treats in a show ring, surely, you are a human pez dispenser.

Knowing exactly where your dog likes to be scratched?  Now you are the feel-good guru.

We do so any things with, and for, our dogs; how must they see us when we can’t run as fast as they do, smell or hear as accurately as they do – and they’ve never once seen us catch a rodent with our teeth. Are we divine?  In this challenge, you will be part of your photo because you are illustrating how your dog sees you. Don’t forget to include the purebred dog!!

The late Jay Kitchener was a tireless advocate for purebred dog ownership and ethical breeding. He had a wicked sense of humor, and the phrases he coined to counter inaccurate and unfair portrayals of the purebred dog world continue to be used today. “Take back the conversation” was a “Jay-ism.” So was “Ditch the guilt.”  We suspect Jay would have had a few humorous ideas on how his beloved Gordon Setters saw him.

We thank the anonymous donor who has generously sponsored the Jay Kitchener Memorial Challenge with a $50 VISA credit card;

The challenge: Illustrate “How Your Dog Sees You” – and yes, you are part of the photo, and yes, you need to include your dog(s);

The prize: $50 VISA credit card


The late Jay Kitchner


The Dreaded Small Print You Must Read To Enter

•••• This contest happens on May 1 on our Facebook page. It is open to everyone on the planet;

•••• One entry per person; You may enter four different photo challenges. If you enter this one, you may enter three more;

••••  When submitting your photo entry on Facebook, you must indicate the name of this contest, “How Your Dog Sees You” Jay Kitchener Memorial Challenge;

•••• Your entry must be for the 2023 contest. Photos submitted from previous years’ contests will be disqualified, and yes, we remember photos from one year to the next;

•••• Within the photo, your image must include a purebred dog and one of the following either downloaded from the link or handmade:

The “IPurebred Dogs” sign

The “Happy National Purebred Dg Day” sign 

The “I Lve My Purebred Dog” sign 

Any official National Purebred Dog Day item available here. 

••••  No photoshopping, and that includes the required sign. Be creative with how you use it, but our judges, David Frei,  co-host of NBC’s National Dog Show, and Westminster Kennel Club photographer, Jack Grassa, must see what you actually shot with your camera;

•••• Many people may help you take your photo, but the prizes goes to the person submitting the winning photograph.

•••• Entering this contest implies consent that your photo may be shared on NPDD’s social media platforms;

•••• A full explanation of how, when, and where to submit your entry can be read here;  

•••• Important! You and your dog should have safe fun when composing your entry!

•••• Judges’ decisions are final

Photo of Jay with his beloved Gordon Setter, Duffy; Greek god illustration from iStock photo



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