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Celebrity Dog Trainer Tamar Geller Hates Westminster, Loves Shelter Dogs

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You may recognize Tamar Geller from her appearances on outlets like The Today Show, Oprah, Animal Planet, CNNand 20/20. And as an adviser to the Humane Society of the United States, we made sure to grab an interview with the celeb dog trainer at last night’s 2011 Genesis Awards.

Geller has trained the pets of stars like Rosie O’Donnell, Owen Wilson, Oprah Winfrey, Goldie Hawn, Ben Affleck and Ellen DeGeneres, but at last nights awards she was all about shelter dogs.

“Shelter dogs have an unbelievable power to heal [people],” Geller said. “What makes them so special is the fact that they were in a relationship that didn’t work out, and they’ve been dumped. If we were being put in a shelter just because we were in a relationship that didn’t work, none of us would be here.” Too true. And what is Geller’s advice to help move shelter dogs into good homes? “Someone needs to speak up and say ‘Come on guys, common sense, there is nothing wrong with these dogs. They’ve just been dumped!’”

The author of The Loved Dog seemed to be trying to do her part, and we were curious as to what she thought about shows like Westminster, that only feature pure bred dogs.  “I’m not big on Westminster and I’ll tell you why,” Geller said, “because they make money off breeding dogs, and they breed dogs based off beauty. And I think about beauty pageants, whether its for kids or whether its for dogs in the same way, if you’re an adult and you choose to be in a beauty pageant— more power to you! But as a dog and as a child I don’t think you should be forced to be in a beauty pageant.”

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