On October 16, 2008, the Centennial Celebration will be held in the Sunflower ballroom (black-tie optional) of the Capitol Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Topeka, Kansas in conjunction with the DPCA National Specialty.Â There are no tickets to purchase.Â There is no admission fee.Â The seating is general seating.Â Â The Event starts at 7:00 pm and ends around 9:20pm.Â There is seating for about 780.Â There will be a reception following with a cash bar.
The purpose of the Centennial Celebration is not only to recognize the role of the Doberman Pinscher in the United States over the last 100 years.Â The purpose of the Centennial Celebration is much more than that.
In recent years, the reach of animal rights-inspired adverse dog ownership legislation has grown exponentially.Â We members of a minority – the active dog fancy – constitute the vanguard of the much larger dog-owning population.Â The vast majority of dog owners do not breed dogs.Â Animal extremists have recognized an opportunity to use the issue of shelter relinquishments and shelter kills as a wedge issue between the vanguard and the general dog-owning population.Â The emotional power that resides in film and photographs of shelter animals being euthanized resonates in our current age as do few other images.Â Contemporaneous with the image comes moral condemnation from these extremists.
Thus we fight first from a position of responding to an emotionally-charged, morally-camouflaged barrage.Â There is an old adage that, despite its age, is nevertheless true: A lie travels around the world before the Truth can get it boots on.Â This is no position from which a defense should be made.Â We are once more engaged in California.Â Before long there will be other Californias.Â The Adversaries are relentless.Â They are determined.Â They have been emboldened.
We must embrace a new strategic imperative.Â The greatest challenge of our time is the protection of the homeland of the United States against terrorism.Â In this war, working dogs will play a great role.Â It will be an heroic role.
The Doberman Pinscher is no stranger to heroism.Â In World War II the Doberman Pinscher fought and died alongside his human Marine brothers.Â It was through the efforts of DPCA breeders that those dogs served so gallantly.Â Yet today, the Department of Homeland Security obtains their dogs to counter potential terrorist attacks on the United States from foreign countries.Â The status quo is unacceptable.Â It is, however, rectifiable.
The strategic imperative is to move the argument from a debate about the causes of shelter relinquishments to a different level of discussion.Â The strategic imperative is to position ourselves as the breeders and suppliers of working dogs for the protection of Americans from terrorist attacks in the United States.
American Dogs for America’s Security
I. Structuring the Centennial Event
The Centennial Event will consist of three parts:
(1) Honoring the service to America of the Doberman Pinscher past.
(2) Recognizing the continuing service to America of the Doberman Pinscher today.
(3) Committing to providing American Dog for Americaâ€™s Security for the future.
Taken together, these three parts of the Centennial Event will enable us to achieve the strategic imperative of taking the fight against anti-breeding legislation in particular, and animal extremism in general, to a higher plane.Â Â We will wrap ourselves in the flag, forcing the Adversaries either to concede a higher moral priority, or to engage in an unwinnable debate in which they are ultimately and utterly defeated, as their opposition necessarily implicates the security of the United States.
The Doberman Pinscher Club of America (DPCA) will host more than 400 Doberman Pinschers and owners, enthusiasts and dog handlers from around the world for its 83rd Annual National Convention and Specialty Dog Show. Highlights for dog enthusiasts include:
*Monday, October 13 (7:00 PM) ~ â€œThe Beautiful:â€ Nationâ€™s Top 20Â â€œwinningestâ€ Dobermans compete for top dog status in conformation dogÂ show
*Tuesday, October 14 (7:00 PM) ~ â€œThe Athletes:â€ Top 20 agility-rankedÂ Doberman teams race through obstacles
*Wednesday, October 15 (7:00 PM) ~ â€œThe Smartest:â€ Top 20 obedience dogs compete to prove who is smartest
SPECIAL ALERT:Â Thursday, October 16 (7:00 PM) ~ â€œThe Heroes:â€ CeremonyÂ commemorating the 100 Year anniversary of the Doberman Pinscher
*Event will include a special tribute and salute to the 11surviving U.S. Marine War Dog Handlers of World War II ( majority of these dogs were Dobermans) to include a marching band and seven men and women who are handlers of service dogs today
*The DPCA, American Kennel Club (AKC) will also sign a contract with the Department of Homeland Security, launching a national public/private effort to secure American working dogs for protecting America
*Other special participants to include: Mayor of Topeka (also a Marine); Deputy Commander of the Marine base near Kansas City; Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; the President of the American Kennel Club
KANSAS CITY ~ SPECIAL ALERT:Â Â Surprise Greeting to Marine War Dog HandlersÂ Arriving for the Celebration and Motorcade Ride:Â Wednesday, October 15th
*5:20 PM â€“ Kansas City Airport (outside Baggage Claim for Northwest Airlines, Terminal C) 60 American Legion riders on motorcycles will escort the Marines to the hotel and convention center in Topeka (location of the week-long celebration); the captain of the Kansas City Airport police dept, accompanied by
his team of dog handlers and their K-9 dogs will participate in the send-off
*7:00 PM (Capitol Plaza Hotel & Convention Center) â€“ The motorcadeâ€™s arrival in Topeka will be greeted by 100 cheering fans and their Dobermans; 20 members of the American Legion Honor Guard; 20 members of the Marine Corp Junior ROTC will line up to create an arch with sabers for the Marine War dog handlers to walk through.
When/Where:Â Â Oct 13-18, 2008;
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Capitol Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
1717 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS 666
Media Contact:Â Â Â Please contact Shani St. John at 404-808-6697 to register and receive additional event information
****ASSIGNMENT DESKS: INTERVIEW OPPS WITH CANINE EXPERTS, LOCAL OWNERS &Â VISUALS OF TOP-RANKED DOBERMANS COMPETING AT EVENTS ALL WEEK*****
Obedience, agility, rally, conformation and other dog sporting events to occur all day/every day during the event.
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