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Dogs & Cats Duke it Out for Title of America's Most Preferred Pet

Are you a Dog or Cat Person? Vote Now @ www.meetthebreeds.com

For eons, people have argued over which is better – Men or Women, Republicans or Democrats, Batman or Spiderman and Vanilla or Chocolate. But for pet owners the most heated debate of all is– Dogs or Cats. Having been our faithful companions for centuries, dogs and cats are the most popular domesticated pets in the world, bringing joy and comfort to millions of people. But, as beloved as our pets are, there can only be one true ruler of the ‘Companion Animal' kingdom! It all comes down to whether your ‘best friend' is the "cat's meow" or "top dog."

Inspired by the upcoming Meet the BreedsTM event, the world's largest showcase of cats and dogs, the American Kennel Club® (AKC) and the Cat Fanciers' Association® (CFA) have joined forces to put an end to this long-running dispute once and for all with a definitive one-question survey: "Are you a dog or cat person?" You can weigh in and cast your vote now at www.meetthebreeds.com.

The arguments are convincing on both sides. Dog lovers boast that canines are social animals and don't need a litter box, will guard and protect you, can be taught tricks and can always be counted on to adore you. Cat lovers brag that felines are affectionate, regal, slobber-free, self-cleaning, lap-sitting, purr-in-your-ear companions who won't disturb the neighbors while you're at work.

In fact, one meetthebreeds.com cat voter said, "If people were more cat-like we'd be able to separate pretenders from the real thing, take better care of ourselves, do what pleases us instead of what pleases everybody else, and enjoy life more." A dog voter, on the other hand, argued that "Dogs will offer themselves up to save their military and police handlers and will face any challenge to try and help a human in need. They have stood alone at night guarding the herdsmen flock and stood by the side of a fallen loved one offering comfort."

While this is a debate almost everyone can weigh in on, could the feline vs. canine conundrum be behind some of Hollywood's biggest conflicts? According to Denise Richards, her eldest daughter Sam was named after ex-husband Charlie Sheen's cat. Denise explained that Charlie loved the cat so much he insisted on his daughter having the same name. Since the divorce, Denise, who currently has 10 dogs, has been quoted as saying "we don't have the cat anymore." Visit our Web site to learn more about celebrities and their relationships with their pets.

As for you, we need your vote by October 6, 2009. Visit www.meetthebreeds.com and after you place your vote, check back at any time to see what pet is ahead or write to us at meetthebreeds@akc.org to tell why you voted the way you did. Also download free virtual "Dogs are #1" and "Cats are #1" stickers for your Web site, blog or social media pages.

Sponsored by PetPartners, Inc. a leading pet healthcare provider, Meet the Breeds will be held October 17 & 18, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. From the Afghan Hound to the Turkish Angora, the event will showcase 160 AKC registered dog breeds and 41 CFA registered cat breeds in booths individually decorated to depict each breed's country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet. The family-friendly event is an opportunity for potential pet owners to interact with responsible breeders and play with dogs and cats while educating themselves about responsible pet ownership and choosing the right pet for their lifestyle.

Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, October 18. Tickets allow admittance for one day and can be purchased at www.meetthebreeds.com.



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