February 8 update: Due to the weather forecast from the blizzard Nemo, CNN has postponed this appearance. It will be too dangerous to travel to the Manhattan studio tomorrow morning. We will update this blog post with the new air date as soon as it is rescheduled.
Little Boy Blue author Kim Kavin will return to CNN this Saturday at 8:50 a.m. Eastern time. She will appear alongside Westminster Kennel Club show spokesman David Frei, in a discussion about why purebreds are always presented on television as perfect champions while rescue dogs are so often shown as downtrodden and desperate.
“I am working on an idea for counter-programming for 2014, an entire dog show just for dogs who have been rescued, spayed, and neutered,” Kavin says. “My recent book tour for Little Boy Blue taught me that dogs like him are always thought of as having an overpopulation problem, when in reality they have a marketing problem. CNN got hold of my idea for a dog show devoted just to rescue dogs, and their producers think it will make for a newsworthy discussion as this year’s Westminster show prepares to air. Personally, I think it’s about time that sponsors and networks started investing as much in promoting awesome rescue dogs like Blue as they do in promoting for-profit breeder clubs, and I look forward to being able to spread that message far and wide.”
In 2012, the Westminster Kennel Club faced criticism after banning the commercials of longtime sponsor Pedigree that championed shelter dogs and urged viewers to adopt them. This year’s dog show will be the club’s 137th and will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Saturday’s appearance will be Kavin’s third on CNN. She originally was featured when Little Boy Blue was published in late summer 2012, and then again a few months later when the shelter where Blue was rescued bowed to public pressure and agreed to remove and dismantle its gas chamber.