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  May 2006

A Message from Mari-Beth O'Neill
Welcome to Spring! Once again, staff was overwhelmed by the applicants for the AKC Junior Scholarship. This year, The Board of Directors of the AKC awarded 33 scholarships ranging from $5,000-$1,000 totaling $50,000. The application has been revised to include club membership or involvement in an AKC Club as well as community demonstration of Responsible Dog Ownership. Congratulations to all!

The list of Juniors eligible for the December 2006 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is refreshed bi-weekly. Feel free to forward your transcript to verify your meeting the grade point average criteria as soon as you have your fifth qualifying win.

If you have moved or your address has changed, please make certain we have your correct mailing address on record.

Special thanks to photographer Kim Booth, who has forwarded Junior Photos from shows he has attended.

Once again, thanks to those who have contributed to this issue, if there are topics you would like addressed or if you would like to contribute please forward article and photos directly to me.

News & Events
2006 Junior Scholarships Announced
The 2006 Junior Scholarship Application pool was once again overwhelmingly competitive. In total, 87 applications were received. This year AKC is awarding 33 scholarships from $5,000-$1,000, totaling $50,000. See the recipients here.

Anders ThoerssonWestminster Kennel Club
Anders Thoreson was named Best Junior Handler at this year's Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Congratulations to Anders and all the qualifying juniors who competed at this prestigious event. See more results and photos of the event.

2006 Junior Showmanship Clinic
Tampa, Florida will once again be the place to be for all Juniors on July 29, 2006 for a full day of fun and education about all aspects of Junior Showmanship!!! This clinic is open free of charge to all Florida youth ages 8-18, and they are invited to participate with their dogs. More information.

Charlotte AndersonLife with Dogs
by Charlotte Anderson
I have been involved with the dog fancy my entire life, and my "dog family" saw more of me growing up than did my real family. My interest in dogs has driven me to make it my career, and I have applied to the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine. I plan to specialize in canine medicine, and have a special interest in canine nutrition. Read more.

Kimberly CarpenterStarting Early
by Kimberly Carpenter
Dogs have always been in my life and they always will be. It started from the day I was born! I was born into a very active dog family, and I became active in the sport of dogs when I was very young. In fact, I was at a dog show the weekend I got home from the hospital at a week old. Read more.

Tyler CeglerLessons
by Tyler Cegler
I am what is known as a first generation dog person. During the summer before I entered the fifth grade, I earned money by working odd jobs for my parents. I took that money and bought myself a purebred dog, a dachshund I named Jasmine (Not after the flower, but because I thought Jasmine from Disney&##8217;s® Aladdin was incredibly beautiful) Through a series of almost lucky accidents, my parents and I found a local owner/breeder/handler who was willing to train me, a 110% novice, about dogs, dog shows, and AKC. Read more.

A Future in Dogs
by Joseph Esch
My family has been involved as fanciers in the sport of purebred dogs for three generations. My grandparents showed dogs, my parents have been showing dogs for twenty years and I began my own path into the sport with Junior Handling. I applied for the AKC Junior Scholarship program for the 2004-2005 school year and this scholarship was instrumental for allowing me to be able to attend my dream school. Read more.

Jennifer FishThe Best Part of Life
by Jennifer Fish
Animals have always been an integral part of my life. I live on a farm with numerous animals, but my dogs have always been my favorite. They have influenced my life greatly, and have helped to shape me as the person I am today. I believe that owning and taking care of a dog as a child teaches you responsibility and commitment. My dogs have always been my top priority. Read more.

Jessica HansonTry Rally
by Jessica Hanson
So you're a junior like me, and you want to show your dog every opportunity you get. Conformation is nice, but despite your terrific handling, you can only make your dog look so good, and it all comes down to how well your dog fits the breed standard. Agility and obedience are great, they show a bond between you and your animal and you can also help your dog look better. Read more.

Man's Best Friend
by Allison McGuigan
I remember it vividly. I waited eagerly by the picture window overlooking the driveway, impatiently growing anxious as young children tend to do. I sat on vigil for what I believed to be an eternity before I caught the first glimpse of a gold van turning the street corner. The car door had barely opened before I reached it, panting from my sprint. Few times have I been more excited than when my mother arrived carrying our first dog in her arms. Read more.

Influence of Purebred Dogs: Past, Present and Future
by Kristen Nelson
During my childhood, there was never a time when I did not have a faithful canine companion. My parents had a Labrador Retriever when I was born, and as a very young child I can be seen in pictures walking and playing with this dog. From the start, I have had such a passion for dogs. Read more.

Whitney PerrySatisfaction
by Whitney Perry
As a third generation dog fancier, the sport of purebred dogs has very positively impacted my life. For the past eight years I have attended dog shows almost every weekend throughout the year, competing in various parts of the country. My travels have presented me with a great educational experience that not all people are able to endure. Read more.

Stacey StovallMy Buddy
by Stacey Stovall
My name is Stacey Stovall. I am 13 years old and I live in Norman, Oklahoma. I started obedience about two years ago with my red and white border collie named Buddy. I was just looking for a place ot give him some basic obedience. Watching the dogs in open and utility I thought it was pretty cool and wanted Buddy to be able to do it as well. Read more.

Photo Gallery
See photos from junior handling clinics, the Detroit Kennel Club, and the Louisville cluster. Go to the gallery.


Upcoming RHP Junior Clinics:
•Saturday May 27 - New Castle, PA
•Saturday July 1 - Bel Alton, MD - Blue Crab Cluster

AKC Code of Sportsmanship
PREFACE: The sport of purebred dog competitive events dates prior to 1884, the year of AKC's birth. Shared values of those involved in the sport include principles of sportsmanship. They are practiced in all sectors of our sport: conformation, performance and companion. Many believe that these principles of sportsmanship are the prime reason why our sport has thrived for over one hundred years. With the belief that it is useful to periodically articulate the fundamentals of our sport, this code is presented.

• Sportsmen respect the history, traditions and integrity of the sport of purebred dogs.
• Sportsmen commit themselves to values of fair play, honesty, courtesy, and vigorous competition, as well as winning and losing with grace.
• Sportsmen refuse to compromise their commitment and obligation to the sport of purebred dogs by injecting personal advantage or consideration into their decisions or behavior.
• The sportsman judge judges only on the merits of the dogs and considers no other factors.
• The sportsman judge or exhibitor accepts constructive criticism.
• The sportsman exhibitor declines to enter or exhibit under a judge where it might reasonably appear that the judge's placements could be based on something other than the merits of the dogs.
• The sportsman exhibitor refuses to compromise the impartiality of a judge.
• The sportsman respects the AKC bylaws, rules, regulations and policies governing the sport of purebred dogs.
• Sportsmen find that vigorous competition and civility are not inconsistent and are able to appreciate the merit of their competition and the effort of competitors.
• Sportsmen welcome, encourage and support newcomers to the sport.
• Sportsmen will deal fairly with all those who trade with them.
• Sportsmen are willing to share honest and open appraisals of both the strengths and weaknesses of their breeding stock.
• Sportsmen spurn any opportunity to take personal advantage of positions offered or bestowed upon them.
• Sportsmen always consider as paramount the welfare of their dog.
• Sportsmen refuse to embarrass the sport, the American Kennel Club, or themselves while taking part in the sport.