RED CARPET TREATMENT: 5-year-old Beagle, Uno, the 2008 Westminster Best in Show Winner arrives at the opening of the USD 10 million Nestlé Purina Event Center.
A new state-of-the-art USD 10 million Nestlé Purina Event Center was officially opened in the United States this week.
The 84,000-square-foot facility – based at Gray Summit in the Midwestern American state of Missouri – first began construction in April 2009.
Designed for dog shows, the center features a 45,000-square-foot Great Hall, a 13,500-square-foot benching and grooming area, banquet area, catering services and visitor parking, including 74 full service Recreational Vehicle (RV) hookups.
The red carpet event was attended by six champion dogs who each triumphed at the annual Westminster Kennel Club dog shows from 2001-2010. The prestigious canine event had crowned various Nestlé Purina Pro Plan-fed dogs as winners in each of their categories – including a 5-year-old Beagle, Uno (pictured), the 2008 Westminster Best in Show Winner.
Terence E. Block, President of Pet Foods for Nestlé Purina PetCare-North America, said: “What better way to showcase a world-class facility designed for dog shows than by honouring some of the finest champions to ever enter the show ring.”
He added: “We’re thrilled to celebrate this important investment in Purina’s future and our long-term commitment to the breeder-enthusiast community. Purina is pleased to provide an indoor venue that can accommodate thousands of dogs and their owners and handlers at conformation shows, obedience, and agility trials.”
Mr Block, W. Patrick McGinnis, Nestlé Purina Chief Executive Officer, and other Nestlé Purina officials joined the champion canines, their owners and handlers for the ribbon ceremony.
The invitation-only grand opening also included tours of Nestlé Purina’s 350-acre property at Gray Summit, with agility, herding and freestyle flying disc demonstrations by the high-flying Pro Plan Performance Team.
Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and pets.