January 2006

AKC is overwhelmed with the record number of Juniors who are eligible to compete at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in January of 2006. In the Junior Showmanship Competition, 197 Juniors met both criteria, 5 wins in Open with Competition and a grade point average of a 3.0 or equivalent. Of those eligible, 176 are entered. In addition, there are 13 Juniors who will be competing in the National Agility Championship, including two sets of twins. Juniors competing at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship are invited to a luncheon at 11:30 on Saturday, January 14, in Rooms 10, 11 & 12 on the lower level.

Juniors competing in the Companion and Performance Events continue to increase and we applaud everyone for their efforts to handle their dogs to titles in these events.

Reminders for 2006: if your address changes make certain you change it with AKC. The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship for 2006 will be December 2 & 3 in Long Beach, California. The deadlines for receiving transcripts will be moved up to allow for the mailing. As soon as you complete this semester you may submit your transcript if you have your wins.

Junior Scholarship deadline is February 21, 2006. For additional information and to obtain an application, click here.

AKC has revised the application process for the AKC Summer Intern Program. If you are currently a college student with a background in purebred dogs who would like to see how your academic interests may blend with AKC's day-to-day routines, please consider applying! Click here.

The best to you for a Happy, Healthy, New Year and I hope to see you at the upcoming events!

Junior Showmanship Day Camp
On October 29, 2005, The Colorado Kennel Club in keeping with their tradition of serving the community hosted an entirely free Junior Showmanship Day Camp open to anyone regardless of experience. Twenty-eight Juniors responded with RSVPs and we had two walk-ins for a total of thirty Juniors signed up with three no-shows. CKC feels this was a great response to the first of its kind camp. Read more.

Oregon Dog Judges Present Scholarships
Oregon Dog Judges Vice President Margaret Braun presented checks for $250 each to ODJ Scholarship winners Aaron Bradshaw and Lauren Wickwire. Both Aaron and Lauren are Oregonians who qualified and will be exhibiting in Junior Showmanship at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. Read more.

by Jennifer Battista
The first time I saw dogs soaring through an agility course, I was hooked. When I was given Abbi on Christmas Eve six Christmases ago, my aspiration to compete in agility became a reality. The following summer we signed up for a formal agility and obedience classes and when Abbi turned two we entered our first trial. Read more.

Memorable Conformation Junior Handling Experiences from "MOM" Beckwith
by Debbie Beckwith
Adults put yourself in the "nervous Novice" position. Nothing will scare a Junior Newby and send them running for the hills like the feeling that they have no friends in the Junior Handling ring. Over the years our little darlings have been considered ruthless to deadly. Read more.

Agility Highlights
by Jennifer Crank
Believe it or not, my dog competition career started at the young age of six. When I became interested in dogs, my parents thought it would be best to test my responsibility by giving me my moms retired obedience sheltie. I immediately started showing her in non-regular obedience classes and began training her myself in agility and earned her Novice Agility title. Read more.

Junior Showmanship and Beyond
by Katrina Davis
My AKC career began as a Junior Handler, but over the years I became involved in the sport of dogs in other ways. Although I did not want my time in Junior Showmanship to end, I found that aging out was not the end of competition with my dogs. Read more.

A Wonderful Experience
by Alyssa Denen
It started on a Sunday night when my parents, five younger siblings, and I were sitting down at the dinner table. My siblings, my mom and I all really wanted a dog, particularly a Collie. We approached my dad on the subject, hoping that this time he would give us a different answer than "No"; which we had previously received. Read more.

My Inspiration & Agility
by Sarah Kiely
My name is Sarah J. Kiely and I love dogs! I was inspired in agility when my mom surprised me with my new dog, a beautiful tri-color Shetland Sheepdog named Allie Oop. I started agility all because of my mom and I'm very glad she is always there to help me with it. Read more.

Sixteen Best Friends
by Jake Kurczek
It has been said that a dog is man's best friend. Is that still true for sixteen dogs? When I was seven years old, our neighbor gave me a show quality Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Libby. Read more.

From Junior Handler to Professional
by Chad Malinak
The experiences and interest I have in purebred dogs are a part of my life today and will be an immense part of my future. My interests and experiences commenced in 1998 when I purchased my first show dog, a pointer. I began exhibiting him at six months of age to attain his Championship certificate and at the same time I started improving my handling skills as a Novice Senior in Junior Showmanship. Read more.

The World of Dogs
by Marian Mossman
I was born and raised in Hawaii. As the oldest of five children I have a lot of practice getting along with everybody. My parents homeschooled me from kindergarten to twelfth grade and I enjoyed this form of education because it allowed me to study at my own pace. Read more.

Experiencing the Opportunities and Love that a Purebred Dog Brings
by Kara A. Nelson
Rrom an early age, I have had the opportunity to experience the enjoyment that purebred dogs bring and teach us. Stephanie, a black Labrador, was the first canine companion and playmate in my life. Though scarce, because of my age, pictures are the memory players of her in my mind. Read more.

Dreaming of Beardies
by Meagan Withrow
My first introduction to purebred dogs was an accident. Attending an agility trial to watch a friend, I spotted a Bearded Collie. At the time I was 14 years old. From that very first sighting, I knew I had to have one. Read more.

See photos from events across the country. Click here.


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.

Cherokee Rose Cluster Junior Clinic
Saturday February 4, 2005

Scholarships and Internships Available! More information here.