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   Patricia Laurans

The German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America would like to congratulate our AKC Delegate, Pat Laurans,  with being awarded the 2017 AKC Lifetime Achievement Award in the area of Conformation.  The Awards, created by AKC President Dennis Sprung, are presented in recognition of exceptional participation and achievement within the dog fancy. The finalists and winners, based on nominations from AKC member clubs, have impacted the dog sport on a national level through club involvement, judging, exhibiting, breeding and teaching. 

Patricia W. Laurans, of Newtown, Connecticut, has been active in dogs for over 50 years as an exhibitor, all-breed handler and breeder of Best in Show, National Specialty winning and top producing German Wirehaired Pointers.She has served as Delegate for the German Wirehaired Pointer Club of America for over 30 years. During that time she was elected to the AKC Board of Directors and started an AKC Breeders Education program and helped establish the Junior Scholarship program.When Pat left the Board of Directors in 2000 she was elected to the Parent Club Committee and has served as its Chairperson from 2000 to the present. During this tenure she helped establish the Parent Club Conference Program and chaired three National Parent Club Conferences. In 2013 she helped establish the AKC Reunite Pet Disaster Trailer Program and serves as its co-chairman.  

Pat is a founder and a Vice President of Take The Lead, a charitable organization that assists individuals in the sport of dogs who have terminal or life threatening illnesses as well as those experiencing emergencies such as floods, fires or accidents.Pat judges four and a half groups and loves doing it. She has judged on five continents and across the United States and Canada, including numerous National Specialties. At the AKC National Championship Show and the Westminster Kennel Club Show she has judged many breeds, five Groups, two Junior Finals and one Best Bred by Exhibitor in Show.When Pat got the call telling her about this nomination she was shocked and delighted, most importantly tremendously honored. She is very happy to be included with two great dog men who have contributed so much - Tom Bradley and David Merriam.