Spring 2004

Message from Mari-Beth O'Neill Winter
Welcome to the first electronic version of the AKC Jr. News. This format will allow us to send information to all Juniors more frequently. We encourage you to tell your junior friends to subscribe to the newsletter if they have not already done so.

The AKC/Eukanuba National Invitational in Long Beach, California had a wonderful turn out of Juniors, and we look forward to even more participation at the January 15, 2005 event in Tampa, Florida. Juniors who have met the first eligibility requirement--five wins with competition--are posted here. We will remind you when to send in your transcripts.

More and more Juniors are competing in multiple events and handling their dogs to more advanced titles. We encourage you to try the Companion Events if you have not yet done so.

Superintendents may charge Juniors a fee to substitute a dog if notice is printed in the Premium List for the event. Please be advised that this is permissible.

We appreciate receiving your articles and photos to include in the newsletter. Please feel free to contact us with your thoughts and ideas.

Agility with Cabin Creek Labs
by Madeline Greene

My name is Madeline Greene and I show and train Labrador Retrievers. I cannot remember a time where I was not with my dogs. When I was very little, I loved animals so much that my mom took me to Ringling Brothers Circus. It was an experience that inspired me to go home and begin training our three dogs, by putting them on the couch, and telling them to stay. One at a time they could come down but the others had to wait their turn to do an obstacle course made out of brooms and chairs. One of my mom's best friends, Jan Norton, started agility with my dog Sierra's brother. Jan told my mom about Kanosak K9 training. Cathy Fleury, the agility teacher believed in me enough to train me and Sierra (Sierras Unlimited OAJ AX). I was only 7 at the time. I was the only child training at that facility at the time in agility. Read more.

Winning Isn't Everything
by Emily Bisso

I love games, and I love competition.

However, lately sometimes I wonder if a slighty edgier attitude of "winning is everything" is becoming the norm in Juniors today. I'm not that far out of it--I only aged out a few months ago--and it scares me sometimes how often this type of cutthroat intensity shows up.

My mom has always been involved in dogs, and I've been to shows since I was a little kid. And, of course, the second I was able to physically show a dog, the lead was placed in my hand and I was off.... Read more.

Baloo's HT
by Tom Eldredge

This article is about my dog Baloo's herding up to his HT title. Baloo is an Australian Shepherd - his registered name is Beauwood Bear Necessity HT.

I wanted an Australian Shepherd for my very own dog because they are good all around dogs. Baloo and I do flyball, obedience, tracking, agility, junior showmanship and herding. I train and handle Baloo myself.

During the winter we were out walking and I called and called and called some more. Baloo usually comes right away. At that moment, Baloo was in with the sheep as we soon found out. We tried to catch him, but he was like smoke on the wind. Then our chubby goat stepped in front of him and he was stopped long enough for us to catch him. We realized that with Baloo's intensity it was time to start some serious training! Read more.

AKC/Eukanuba National Championship
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Westminster Kennel Club
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Land O'Lakes Kennel Club
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Junior Scholarship Recipients
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Editor's Note
Agility with Cabin Creek Labs
Winning Isn't Everything
Baloo's HT
Junior Handler Photo Gallery
Rule Changes
The following changes to the Junior Showmanship Regulations will be effective January 1, 2005:

-Minimum age of participation will be 9;
-Classes will be divided into three age group: Junior 9-11; Intermediate 12-14, and Senior 15-18;
-Competition will be required for the Best Junior Handler award.

These changes will allow Juniors closer in age to compete against each other, as well as for more opportunities for success.

Did You Know?
According to a recent study by the American Animal Hospital Association, 62% of pet owners celebrate their pet's birthday. Of those, 51% sing "Happy Birthday", and 9% throw parties with invited pet guests!

How do you celebrate your pet's birthday? Email us and let us know!
Junior Recognition Program
Do you show your dog in Companion or Performance Events? You can earn special recognition for each title your dog earns! Click here for more information.
Junior Seminars
Upcoming seminars for Juniors:
Saturday, April 3, in Wichita, KS
Saturday, April 10, in Harrisburg, PA

Call 919-816-3776 for more information.
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