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2013 AKC Meet the Breeds Honorary Chairpersons

More than 110 New York, New Jersey and Connecticut lawmakers have shown their support for responsible pet ownership by signing on as Honorary Chairpersons for the 2013 AKC Meet the Breeds® educational event. AKC Meet the Breeds offers attendees the chance to meet and play with more than 200 different dog and cat breeds, all while learning about responsible pet ownership and what breed is right for their lifestyle.

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Here is CT State Representative Matt Ritter’s dog Dublin. Rep. Ritter represents Hartford.

Here's NJ State Senator Jennifer Beck’s Schipperke named Scout. Senator Beck represents parts of Monmouth County, NJ and she has served as an Honorary Chair in the past.

This is New York State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky with her son and daughter-in-law Evan and Kristen Stavisky and her Golden Retriever “granddogs” Jack and Grady. Senator Stavisky represents the 16th District, which includes Queens County. She has served as an Honorary Chair every year since Meet the Breeds began in 2009.

Here's NY Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and her dog Peanut. She represents District 64, which comprises parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Here's NY Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages and her dog Mikko. She represents the 22nd District, which includes a portion of Nassau County.

New Jersey State Senator Michael Doherty and his dogs Murphy and Guy. He represents District 23, which includes portions of Hunterdon, Somerset, and Warren counties. This is the Senator’s third year serving as a Meet the Breeds Honorary Chair.

NJ State Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini’s Miniature Schnauzer Countess Dorothy Von Huneryager (AKA “Dottie”). Dottie is 13 years old. The Assemblywoman represents portions of Monmouth County, NJ (Her office is located in Ocean, NJ) and this is her 4th year serving as an Honorary Chair for MTB.

This is NY Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski and his dog Ernie. Kenneth represents the 96th District, which includes Clarkstown, Haverstraw, and parts of Ramapo.

Sen. Robach with a dog at a recent Mia Foundation event. He represents the NY 56th Senate District, which encompasses parts of Rochester and other northern towns such as Parma, Hamlin, and Brighton.

NY Assemblyman Joseph Borelli hanging out with his bulldog Winston. He represents District 62, which encompasses the South Shore of Staten Island.

Here's New Jersey State Assemblyman Jon Bramnick and his dog Murphy. He represents District 21, which contains portions of Morris, Somerset, and Union Counties. He has served as an Honorary Chair every year since Meet the Breeds began in 2009.

Here's Cooper, a 7-month old puppy belonging to NY Assemblymember John McDonald and his family. Assemblymember McDonald represents parts of Albany and Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties.

NY State Senator Greg Ball and his dog Hannah. He represents District 40 (Putnam County and parts of Westchester and Dutchess County) and lives in Patterson, NY.

Assemblyman Edward Hennessey, 3rd AD and his best friend Sparky. Sparky is a female West Highland White Terrier, or Westie. She adores the Assemblyman and does not like to leave his side. He is very happy with that arrangement!

Here's New York Senate Co-Leader Dean Skelos and his dog Rocky. Senator Skelos represents the 9th District, which encompasses a portion of Long Island including Rockeville Center and Oceanside. This is fourth year serving as an Honorary Chair for Meet the Breeds.

This is New York Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and her 15-month-old coonhound named Bayou. She owns and runs a sheep farm in New York District 46.

Here is NJ Assemblywoman Annette Quijano and a dog at a public event. She represents portions of Union County. This is her second year serving as an Honorary Chair.

Dachshund "Harold" owned by Connecticut State Representative Auden Grogins. Harold is her pride and joy. Rep. Grogins represents Bridgeport, CT, and has served as a Meet the Breeds Honorary Chair every year since the event began in 2009.