February 2006

AKC was thrilled with the Junior Showmanship entry at the January 2006 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. Congratulations to all who were eligible. The turnout was overwhelming for the Luncheon sponsored by the AKC Gazette. It was a pleasure to get to meet and get to know those of you who were able to attend. We greatly appreciate the Gazette’s ongoing support by hosting this luncheon.

In this edition you will find photos of the preliminary judging as well as the final results. Plans are well underway for the December 2006 Show in Long Beach, California. The eligibility dates are: Qualification Dates: October 12, 2005 to October 10, 2006. The deadline for receipt of transcripts is October 15, 2006. AKC Staff is working under a very close deadline for this event, please send permission slip and transcript as soon as you have earned your five wins in the Open Class with competition.

Please make certain your mailing address is current. Address changes are only made if you contact the AKC directly.

As always, I greatly appreciate all who have submitted articles for inclusion in this issue. The diversity of participation by young people in our sport is overwhelming. Keep up the Great Work!!!!

AKC/Eukanuba National Championship
Michael Brunner of Vancouver, Canada with his dog, CH Barkerville M'Aimez, or "Mae Mae", a Longhaired Dachshund, was awarded Best Junior Handler, along with a $2,000 scholarship, at the National Championship in January. See more results and photos of the event.

Central Ohio Kennel Club Youth Award
Congratulations to Amanda M. Mitchell of Phelan, California, the winner of the Central Ohio Kennel Club’s 2005 Youth Award. Read more about Amanda, and find out how you can apply to win the 2006 Award.

by Kathleen Burns
This past year has been filled with such happiness and success, and yet so much sorrow. I continued to train and compete with two of my Golden Retrievers in agility. I hoped to reach my goals set for Fanny and Scot, and when Fanny got her MXJ and Scot got his AXJ I was truly happy. There were times when I thought that moment would never happen, and then when it did occur I didn't want to stop. Read more.

The Influence of Purebred Dogs in My Life and My Future
by Kaitlynn Candies
Since I was a very young child, purebred dogs have had a major impact on my life. When I was only five years old, my mind was already set on becoming a veterinarian when I grew up. That same dream remains today. Read more.

The Best Dog
by Katie Carignan
My name is Katie Carignan and I turned 13 in January. I have been competing in agility for about a year with my 4 year old border collie, Raven. I remember sitting on the sofa one night watching the AKC agility nationals and saying to my Dad, "I want to do that." That was in January of 2003. Little did I know when I said that that such frustration and excitement could meet.Read more.

This is Just the Beginning!
by Laura Coulter
I could begin by listing the State Fairs I've attended and the titles my dogs and I have earned. But those are not the kind of things that I cherish most about my experience in the AKC. My love for dogs began as a very young child. I drove my parents crazy begging for a dog of my own. Read more.

How Agility Changed My Life
by Olivia DelPizzo
Hi my name is Olivia DelPizzo and I am 14 years old. I first became interested in Agility while watching Animal Planet's Agility World Championships on television. Just watching all the different breeds fly through the course with such grace and speed filled me with excitement! I looked down at Rosie, my 4-year-old Border Collie, and thought, "We could do that." Read more.

Important Lessons
by Caitlyn Glick
I was born on October 10, 1984 in Santa Clara, California. When I arrived home from the hospital, I was met by Brandy, my parents' six year old Irish Setter. After his death at the age of 15, my family moved to Huntsville, Alabama and acquired two AKC registered Irish Setters, Rosey and Savannah.Read more.

Life with Dachshunds
by Allison Janz
Often life is influenced by something that one either has no control over or it is always there. For me, being born into a family that is heavily involved in the sport of showing and breeding purebred dogs has greatly impacted my life. My family has bred and shown Longhaired Dachshunds for many years. Read more.

Why Rally?
by Mike Kennedy
I have been showing in Conformation for over 6 years. Over these past 6 years I have done some very foolish things. One of the most foolish things that I have done is not listen to my mother. I know what you are thinking. Why would a perfectly well-adjusted teen, who knows everything, not listen to his mother? Read more.

My Accomplishments
by Anna Kodet
Ever since I was little, I have loved being around dogs. I received my first Papillon, Shammy, when I was four as a birthday present. I have come a long way since that first day I started showing. I began showing in Fun Matches and in 4-H. Then I started showing in Junior Showmanship and Conformation at AKC shows. I have accomplished much in my years of showing dogs. Read more.

The Comforts of Home
by Brandon Lenk
To say this past year has been interesting would be an understatement. Six months ago I left the comforts of home. Not just the comforts of my home or university, but that of the United States as well. Since last September I have been living and studying architecture in Rome, Italy. The AKC scholarship has been one of the biggest proponents which has allowed me to follow this dream. Read more.

My Life, My Dogs, and Agility
by AnnMarie Lyons
My whole life I have always had a huge interest in purebred dogs. From my first word being "dog" to being a dog trainer at 18 years old, dogs have always played a huge role in my life. Read more.

A Lifelong Journey
by Christopher Matthews
I am frequently asked, "Christopher, what sports do you play?" Every time I slowly ponder this question, knowing that a commonplace answer such as "I play basketball," or "I play football," or any other typical reply is expected. Then, without further hesitation I respond, "Well, I train dogs and compete with them in a variety of canine sports." Read more.

Learning and Growing Through a Life with Dogs
by Karen Potter
After working for months with my dog, the moment of truth finally arrived. At the age of ten, I was participating in my first 4-H dog show with all the butterflies and excitement a first time exhibitor carries. That day, I received High Point in Obedience and Reserve in Junior Showmanship with my first Vizsla. Read more.

Varied Interests, Varied Roles
by Bri Tesarz
My interest in the sport of purebred dogs has varied greatly. At the age of seven, my initial interest was in training our family's dogs in basic obedience. I began training the dogs for agility competition at the age of nine. For five years, that was my sole passion. Read more.

Fond Memories, Bright Future
by Holly Niece Tuttle
Animals have always played an important role in my life. While other kids' first words are usually mommy or daddy, mine was "goggie." Growing up, I would always bring home dogs that I found, and then beg my parents to keep them. Read more.

AKC Seeks Interns for Summer 2006

The AKC is accepting applications for its summer intern program.

Several paid student-interns will work at the AKC’s New York and Raleigh offices on project-focused assignments for eight weeks in June and July 2006. Internships may lead to AKC employment.

To be eligible you must be a high-school graduate, at least 18 years of age, who is accepted or enrolled at an accredited two- or four-year college and is involved in some aspect of the dog fancy.

Mail your completed application package to AKC Intern Program (TIP), P.O. Box 37905, Raleigh, NC 27627-7905.

The package should include a summer-intern application form (found at www.akc.org click on About AKC, Employment, Summer Intern Program); a resume; a copy of your academic transcript; and a cover letter describing your experience with purebred dogs and your thoughts on future employment with the AKC. Applications will be accepted through January 30, 2006.

Scholarships and Internships Available!
More information here.

Poodle Clip Information
Read an article from the AKC Judges' Newsletter regarding the Continental Trim.