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
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
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.
AKC/Eukanuba National Championship
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.
Central Ohio Kennel Club Youth
by Kathleen Burns
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.
Influence of Purebred Dogs in My Life and My Future
by Kaitlynn Candies
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.
by Katie Carignan
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
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
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
by Caitlyn Glick
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
by Allison Janz
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.
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
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
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
My Life, My Dogs, and
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.
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
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
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
Memories, Bright Future
by Holly Niece Tuttle
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
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
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!
Poodle Clip Information
an article from the AKC Judges' Newsletter regarding the Continental