AKC’s Meet the Breeds, Nov. 19-20, 2011

by Karen Dean

At the Kooiker Booth (photo courtesy of Pierre Revol)

It was an amazing day at the Jacob Javits Center on the West side of Manhattan. I can’t tell you how many people came to our table squealing excitedly, “I came here just to meet these dogs!” There’s a huge cohort of people out there who saw the Dogs 101 Kooiker segment and felt that they had to see one and hope to adopt one.

Pierre Revol and Harry were there Saturday morning and DuncanDragon and I arrived around midday, expecting to stay til 2 pm.  Every time I tried to slip out, there would be another swell of people squealing and oohing and aahing. Dunkie was a real trooper — after five hours of hard labor as the Kooiker Emissary, he was still cheerful and chipper as we left the expo hall. Two blocks away from Javits Center, people were coming up to us and asking what kind of dog Dunkie is, and if he’s a kooikerhondje or — “one of those duck dogs that was on Animal Planet.” At one point in the afternoon, a woman with a Leonberger tag came over and we bonded over having had “our” respective dogs in the same episode of Dogs 101.

Several people came to the table and announced that the two kooikers were, without doubt, the cutest most irresistible dogs in the entire hall. (And this was with some pretty stiff competition!)

For a full report of the event check out our upcoming newsletter, available to members.