Animal Planet

It’s showtime! From Springer Spaniels, Kerry Blue Terriers, Standard Poodles and Doberman Pinchers, the 133rd ANNUAL WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW showcases America’s top dogs as they wag, pose and strut their way to the pedestal in hopes of winning the title “Best in Show”. Considered one of the largest and most prestigious dog shows in the world, The 133rd ANNUAL WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW airs LIVE Monday, Feb. 9 and Tuesday, Feb 10 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Animal Planet and Monday, Feb. 9 and Tuesday, Feb 10 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Discovery HD. The ultimate in reality TV, the 133rd Annual WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW promises nail biting real life suspense and high doggy drama!

2008 “Best in Show” winner taken from the 132nd ANNUAL WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW.

America’s second-longest continuously-held sporting event – trailing the Kentucky Derby by only one year – THE WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW is the undisputed world leader in the sport of purebred dogs. With entries from virtually every U.S. state and a number of foreign countries, the race is on for all canine contenders as this year is America’s first and only champions-only dog show with a 2,500 dog entry limit.

Exclusive to 170 champion breeds and varieties – including the new breed for 2009, the Dogue De Bordeaux – these canine athletes will be judged in seven different groups including Hound, Terrier, Non-sporting, Herding, Sporting, Working and Toy. From here only the group winners advance on to compete for the coveted prize of “Best In Show”.

Animal Planet’s three-hour live action coverage of the two-day event kicks-off at Madison Square Garden in New York City – the venue of choice for the show since 1883. With the Beagle taking “Best in Show” in 2008, there’s no telling who will take home this year’s coveted prize.

The WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW was named after a Manhattan hotel that was popular in 1877. It was at the Westminster hotel’s bar where sporting gentlemen would meet to drink and talk about their shooting accomplishments. Eventually, they formed a club and bought a training area and kennel. They kept their dogs there, hired a trainer and named the club after their favourite watering hole.

See our planet from a wilder perspective! The world’s weirdest, wildest and most wonderful creatures take charge of Animal Planet Canada in the most entertaining and engaging ways. From the most perilous encounters with nature’s fiercest predators to
the pets we bring into our own family, all creatures big and small are the undeniable stars of Animal Planet – and we are their human entourage. They surprise us, scare us, play with us and teach us – and sometimes they need to think twice about not eating us!

Launched in 2001, Animal Planet programming offers an immersive and compelling journey into the animal world at home and around the globe, from confrontational and raw to compassionate and intimate. Visit Animal Planet online at animalplanet.ca, part of Canada’s leading online network.

Get ready for the ride of your life! Racing into hearts and homes, JOCKEYS opens the gate to the enigmatic world of horseracing, complete with high stakes and high drama, both on and off the track. Premiering on Animal Planet Saturday, Feb. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, the gripping 12-part docu-drama chronicles the lives and careers of seven, 112-pound jockeys and their 1,200-pound horses as they risk life and limb in the ultimate quest for glory.

JOCKEYS
Saturday, Feb. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT

Nearly 10 times a day during the famous 30-day Oak Tree Meet at the Santa Anita Race Track, the world’s most skilled jockeys and the boldest thoroughbreds line up at the gate to compete for big bucks or go home broke. See who crosses the finish line first in the quest to win a share of more than 35 million dollars in purse money.

Risking bone fractures, trampling, paralysis and even death, the lives of these jockeys and their mounts are on the line in every race. With ambulance engines ready for action and the stands filled with revelers waiting to see who takes the lead, JOCKEYS reveals the paramount pressure for success and survival in one of the most prestigious sports in the world.

The drama for these jockeys doesn’t end when the race is finished. Audiences get to know the lives of these seven jockeys, their personalities, relationships, strengths and flaws. With big dreams and even bigger egos, these jockeys are determined to cross the finish line first — every time.

In a world dominated by fierce competitors, strong bonds and extraordinary risk, JOCKEYS presents this beautiful, storied, thrilling world as it’s never been seen before.

Meet the JOCKEYS:

· THE BREAKOUT FEMALE STAR – Canadian jockey star Chantal Sutherland is a woman who’s dominating the tracks. And, because she’s dating fellow jockey Mike Smith, it puts her in competition with the man she loves. Can they make this work?

· THE ICON – Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith is a living legend and a fan favorite. His fierce riding style and stringent pre-race ritual has earned him a shaman-like reputation among fellow jockeys.

· THE HOTSHOT – Joe Talamo may be young, but this 18 year-old jockey has already taken the racing world by storm earning nearly $4 million in purse money in one racing season.

· THE WORKING MAN – Aaron Gryder is credited with more than 3,000 career wins and is motivated by supporting his family.

· THE ELDER STATESMAN – After racing more than 30 years, Jon Court is the consummate veteran, and he has no plans to quit.

· THE NEW GIRL – Fresh-faced Kayla Stra is racing gold in her native land of Australia, but only time will tell if she has what it takes to be a success in the US.

· THE COMEBACK KID – Alex Solis bounced back after a broken back injury nearly took his life. He’s been to the winner’s circle 4,000 times, but he’s yet to be inducted into the Jockey Hall of Fame.

An epic adventure infused with a message of conservation, Whale Wars premieres Sunday, November 9 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Animal Planet. The seven-part series takes viewers on a powerful and adrenaline-fueled journey as the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society risks their lives and takes action against alleged illegal whaling operations.

Highlighting the controversial whaling trade and the tactics that the Sea Shepherd and its staff and volunteers use to attempt to cripple it, Whale Wars documents the group’s three-month sojourn across the icy Antarctic waters at the far end of the globe. Using some aggressive techniques, including ramming and disabling whaling ships; disrupting whale carcass processing; engaging in physical entanglement; and boarding and dispersing fleets of whaling vessels, Whale Wars follows this dangerous and controversial campaign as the eclectic group – labeled activists, heroes or eco-pirates – battle it out to eradicate whaling on the high seas.

Founded in 1977 by Canadian native Captain Paul Watson, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was originated to go even further to stop whaling, poaching, shark finning, habitat destruction and purported ocean law violations than the Greenpeace group Watson had also co-founded. For several years, Watson’s group of staff and volunteers – including Canadian Quartermaster Shannon Mann – have engaged in a campaign every winter to find and stop Japanese ships that hunt whales in the name of research, attempting to stop them by any means necessary.

Highlights from Whale Wars include:

Whale Wars – “Needle in a Haystack”

Sunday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Paul Watson is the captain and founder of Sea Shepherd, a radical environmental group dedicated to ending whaling in Antarctica. As Paul’s inexperienced crew sets sail from Melbourne, Australia he wonders if they are up to the challenge of such a dangerous campaign.

Whale Wars – “Nothing’s Ideal”

Sunday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

After spotting a whaling ship, Captain Watson devises a plan for two crew members to board it – but his plan sparks a safety debate that divides the team. As two volunteers enlist for the mission, they are immediately detained as the ship speeds away with two of the Sea Shepherd members still aboard.

Whale Wars – “International Incidents R Us”

Sunday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

With whalers holding two Sea Shepherd crew members hostage, Captain Watson rejects an offer to release them, forcing the Australian and Japanese governments to negotiate their return. Following an attack on the whalers and loss of radio contact, four crew members are stranded in the middle of the pitch-black, cold Antarctic night.