the VIP judges, handlers, owners, breeders and officials of
the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and The American Kennel
and to celebrate the publication of Karen’s new children’s
Best In Show
Guests include: David Frei, the ‘Voice of Westminster;’
Dennis Sprung, president of AKC; David Merriam; Wendell
Sammet; Tim Brazier; Chris Manelopoulos; Joseph Vergnetti;
Matthew Stander; Tom Grabe; Toni Sosnoff; Jim Reynolds; Ceil
Ruggles; Charlotte Patterson; Rick Beauchamp; Frank Sabella
and other breeders, owners, handlers and judges from the
Westminster Dog Show.
Ellen Charles raises and shows poodles and bishon frises.
She lives in Washington, DC.
Karen LeFrak, author of Best in Show, wrote the popular
children’s books Jake the Philharmonic Dog and Jake the
Ballet Dog. She breeds and shows champion poodles. Her
Standard Poodle Ch. Ale Kai Mikimoto on Fifth has won 88
champion prizes. She is married to Richard LeFrak, president
of the LeFrak Organization. They split their time between
Manhattan and Southampton, where they live with their flock
Karen is donating her proceeds from the sales of Best
in Show to the AKC Canine Health Foundation and Take The
Lead. AKC Canine Health Foundation develops resources for
basic and applied health programs to improve the quality of
life for dogs and their owners. Take the Lead provides
direct services, support and care for people in the sport of
purebred dogs who suffer life-threatening
or terminal illness.
Best in Show follows Abby, a young girl, as she learns how
to train Gem, her Standard Poodle puppy, for dog show
competition. Her teacher is the wise and patient Wendell.
The book has illustrations by Andrew Day, who illustrated
Now Hiring: White House Dog, about the Obama’s search for
the right puppy.