October 2005

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is quickly approaching. We are thrilled with the overwhelming number of Juniors who are eligible this year. The deadline for submitting your transcript to meet the second eligibility criteria is November 18, 2005. A luncheon sponsored by the AKC Gazette will be held for the Juniors participating on Saturday January 14, 2006. During the luncheon the Top Ten Juniors in each of the Seven Groups will be presented with Certificates of Achievement. The Top Ten Statistics are based on the dates of eligibility for the AKC/ Eukanuba National Championship. Juniors who will be attending the National Championship competing in Agility or Obedience are invited to the luncheon as well.

This year there will be two preliminary classes conducted each afternoon. Three Juniors will be selected from each class to compete in the finals on Sunday evening.

Are you looking for a new way to spend your summer? Applications are now being accepted for the AKC Summer Intern Program.

We greatly appreciate the participation of Juniors with articles and photographs. If you are interested in writing about your experiences or a special event in which you participated, please submit to mbo@akc.org. We also appreciate receiving photographs of Juniors competing or just hanging out at AKC events. If you have a camera and enjoy taking photos, please forward with information about the show or event.

If you have moved or your address has changed, please remember to change with the AKC. It is necessary for you to change your address in our system or we can not reach you.

Cherokee Rose Cluster: Celebrating the Future
Expectation, Inspiration and Motivation. All these goals were met at the AKC /RHP (Registered Handlers Programs) Junior Showmanship Handling Clinic hosted by the Cherokee Rose Cluster. Cluster Clubs (Lawrenceville Kennel Club, Sawnee Mountain Kennel Club of Georgia, Conyers Kennel Club of Georgia) welcomed fifty Juniors and their dogs to their Summer 2005 show on August 27, 2005. Read more.

Junior Achievement Challenge
For the past eight years, Juniors have gathered in Oklahoma City the first weekend in August for the annual Junior Achievement Challenge. The first year there were 23 Juniors and this year there were 88 Juniors from eight different states. This event is co-sponsored by Onofrio Dog Shows and the Oklahoma City Kennel Club. Read more.

Havanese Nationals
by Adam King
Bright and early on August 26, fourteen Junior Handlers had the honor of being judged by Ms. Jean Fournier at the Havanese Club of America's 2005 National Specialty. There was a strong support out for our juniors, with many enthusiastic exhibitors cheering them on. Read more.

Caroline and Nicholas' Adventure in Rally
by Caroline Bruton
Ch. FirstJoy Time to Celebrate, RN (Nicholas) and I have worked in obedience, agility, and conformation since he was 12 weeks old. Nick is now a three-year-old English Springer Spaniel. Read more.

To the Future
by Kathleen Burns
My name is Katie Burns and I will be entering my senior year at Wittenberg University. Showing and training Golden Retrievers has been a large part of my life for the past 12 years. Read more.

Agility in the Last Frontier
by Krystin Chester
I have a four year old sable Papillon named Teller. I got Teller when he was two as a rescue. Read more.

Starting Agility
by Austin Hoover
I first became interested in agility when I saw it on Animal Planet. My father is a retired professional handler, and with his help I was able to decide on an Australian Cattle Dog as a breed for me. Read more.

Agility: Just the Beginning
by Christopher Lee
I was coming home from school one sunny spring day about five years ago when I got a call from my mom. She said that we were going to get a new puppy. Read more.

Junior Biography
by Rebecca J. McDaniel
I have been showing dogs ever since I could walk. I have always enjoyed showing and spending time with dogs. Read more.

My Life in the Dog World
by Caitlyn Moran
I hope one day I will become a professional handler. I just love showing dogs. I don't want to stop! Read more.

In the Blood
by Nicholas Urbanek
Maybe it has been in my blood all along. My mother has been involved in the sport of purebred dogs for over 30 years. Read more.

Growing Up Bernese: My Path to an AKC Scholarship
by Elizabeth Wilkins
When my mom begins to tell stories about me growing up, she always shares the one where we cook together. As she chops away at vegetables on the countertop, she glances over and remarks about how tall I've grown. Read more.

Peach and Jam
by Randall Wiseman
My name is Randall Wiseman. I got my first dog when I was six years old, a Maremma (a livestock protection type dog similar to a Great Pyrenees) named Icee. Read more.

See photos from events in Florida and Pennsylvania -- plus one angelic dog! Click here.


Colorado Kennel Club
will present a free day camp for Juniors on October 29. Read about it here.

Oregon Dog Judges will award a scholarship to juniors from Oregon who qualify for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. More information here.

Windham County Kennel Club announces its Limited Junior Showmanship competition on Saturday, November 26. More information here.