FIRST ONLINE, FIRST FOR DOGS, FIRST VIDEOS,
The world's 1st public website, www.TheDogPlace.org, launched Feb. 1998 followed in 2002 by www.TheDogPress.com which was the first online dog news.
Equally significant, www.TheDogPlace.org was the first website to penetrate the silken curtain of CHINA. Then, completing every facet of dog ownership with another historical first, www.TheJudgesPlace.com went live in 2005 and dog shows exploded!
BACKGROUND: Before computers, there was Video Express, launched by Bill and Barbara Andrews in early 1997 to record dog shows. Word spread and Video Express was invited to officially videotape the world's largest dog event, the Crufts Dog Show in London, England.
That caught the attention of Lawrence Lindsey, a prominent television producer. Mr. Lindsey invited the Andrews to be his guests at the 1998 National Association Of Broadcasters (NAB) in Dallas, TX.
Our African Embassies had just been bombed and tensions were high but Bill and Barbara Andrews were the security-cleared guests of Mr. Lindsey who gave the feature seminar "Presenting Network News" for the Broadcaster's Convention. During that 3-day event, the Andrews shared a drink with Ted Turner, founder of Turner Broadcasting which became CNN. Mr. Turner introduced them to Rupert Murdoch, President of News Corp, today known as Fox News.
Encouraged by media giants and news of the emerging internet, Bill Andrews decided dog fanciers would welcome a "web site" by and for dog owners. The computer tech for Bill's Tri-State Plumbing Company knew a guy who was building an "on line" inventory site for Nike Shoes... That fortuitous connection enabled the Andrews to launch "the world's first public website."
www.TheDogPlace.org went live 2/2/98 but within a year, it it again made history as the first website allowed to be viewed in China.
China was then a "closed country" but Lana Tsan, a NYC stock broker, had purchased every video tape produced by Mrs. Andrews and they became phone-friends. It turned out that Lana was much more than a stock broker. She had purchased the videos for Jiang Zemin, President of China (1989 to 2002).
When Lana explained and said the President had questions, Mrs. Andrews agreed to the international phone call in which Ms. Tsan acted as interpreter. President Zemin was friendly and extremely interesting to "talk" to.
Thus www.TheDogPlace.org became the first American website allowed to be viewed in China. Subsequently, in 2002 www.TheDogPress.com (the world's first online dog news) was also allowed on China's growing public internet.
Through Lana Tsan, Barbara Andrews developed an incurable interest in Chinese dogs and culture which is deeply explored in what grew into the NetPlaces Network websites.
As dog shows multiplied, judging became more "political" as dog show judges juggled for assignments. "Know before you go" became the byword so www.TheJudgesPlace.com was launched.
The NetPlaces Network features interviews, background information plus a listing of the Breeds and Groups for which dog show judges are approved by AKC. Those insightful interviews also explore the individual preferences dog show judges as regards type, soundness and movement.
TheDogPlace.org, TheDogPress.com and TheJudgesPlace.com provide credentialed information on dog ownership, from canine health, nutrition and training to genetics, reproduction and dog shows. Equally unique, all works are authored by AKC (American Kennel Club) TKC (The Kennel Club of England) UKC (United Kennel Club) dog show judges, breeders, professional trainers or veterinarians.
Thus the NetPlaces Network websites serve the full spectrum of dog lovers: pet owners, dog breeders, dog show exhibitors, judges and professional handlers.
TheDogPlace.org, the first global website (1998) covers "From Animal health to Vaccines."
TheJudgesPlace.com in 2005 was a landmark in "Judges Education" and communication.
All Netplaces Network information is by credentialed dog breeders, dog show judges, esteemed university professors, medical doctors and veterinarians.
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