What can any of us do to help save an ancient dog breed from vanishing in our lifetime?
Education is a good start.
Did you know that the first Harrier pack was established in England in 1260, or that they have been in America since Colonial times?
Did you know that there are more giant Panda Bears in the world than Harriers?
Did you know that General George S. Patton rode to hounds and was Master of a Harrier pack on the East Coast long before he was a general? The Cobbler Harriers was his pack; it disbanded in the mid 20th century;
This smart looking breed that is smaller than the English Foxhound makes a wonderful companion for the right family. We hope that people considering their next dog help preserve this ancient breed for future generations by adding one to the family.
We are delighted to welcome back Kingsbury Harriers as a sponsor, and this year they have a really fun challenge with which all dog owners can relate: The “Nose for Trouble” Photo Challenge.
The challenge: Dogs have a gift for putting their nose where it doesn’t always belong, and it can be alternately embarrassing, comical, awkward – and sometimes messy. Your task is to show us what this looks like in your house, always making sure to keep your dog safe while doing it. Think outside the box, originality counts with our judges! And yes, you can include the required sign (see below) as a prop;
Meet Echo, a Harrier seen at the left following her nose. Ten years later, she’s still at it, this time in a pizza box.
The Sponsor: Kingsbury Harriers
The Dreaded Small Print You Must Read To Enter
•••• This contest happens on May 1 on our Facebook page. It is open to everyone;
•••• 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, the Kingsbury Harriers’ “Nose for Trouble” Photo 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 “Happy National Purebred D♥g Day” sign
The “I L♥ve My Purebred Dog” sign
Any official National Purebred Dog Day item available here.
•••• No photoshopping, and that includes the required sign which should be part of your composition. 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;
•••• Entries without the sign will be disqualified;
•••• Many people may help you take your photo, but the prize 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 and by the Kingsbury Harriers;
•••• 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
All photos by Donna Smiley