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American Kennel Club® & AOL's Pawnation.com Ask America to Sniff Out the Top 125 Dogs in Pop Culture

(Wednesday, September 16, 2009)

Dog Lovers Can Vote For Their
Favorite Cartoon Canine Now at
http://www.pawnation.com/category/akc-top-125-dogs

New York, NY – Underscoring America’s love affair with dogs and celebrating its 125th Anniversary of the American Kennel Club (AKC) on September 17, 2009, the organization has collaborated with AOL’s PawNation.com to compile a list of the Top 125 Dogs in Popular Culture. The list brings together canines from diverse backgrounds for a candid look at how dogs have been woven into the fabric of America. Consumers can go to the site and vote for the top dog.

Starting September 15, PawNation.com will host a series of polls that will allow America to vote for their favorite dogs in more than eleven pop culture categories. From movies and music, mascots and literature, to cartoons and TV characters, each week a new poll will allow Americans to review the list, debate it with their friends and colleagues, and pick their favorites.

The first poll will be Cartoon Canines. Visit http://www.pawnation.com/category/akc-top-125-dogs to vote for your favorite animated dogs. The AKC will tabulate results and unveil the final list of America’s Top 125 Dogs in Pop Culture on November 17, 2009.

"There is no question that America loves dogs," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "One look at popular culture proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that dogs have always had a profound influence on our daily lives. The collaboration between the AKC and Pawnation.com, in celebration of the AKC’s 125 anniversary, will allow the nation to choose the dogs that have made the biggest impact on pop culture and how dogs are viewed in our society."

Movies like Lassie and Marley & Me have traditionally scored large audiences and stories like Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows are considered timeless classics. Many grew up with Snoopy and Pluto, Elvis immortalized the "Hound Dog," and what would the University of Georgia be without its Bulldog "Uga" or RCA without "Nipper". But which dog is the most famous of them all? Dog lovers can return each week to vote and have a final say to end the doggie debate and find who it the top dog.