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  December 2008
A Message from Mari-Beth O'Neill
The AKC Eukanuba National Championship was once again a great success. The Junior Competition was a highlight with an entry of 156 individuals who both earned the five wins in Open with Competition as well as having maintained a 3.0 grade point average or equivalent. AKC is proud of the myriad of young people who participate in AKC events and the success they have both in the ring as well as in school. See complete results here.

The future of the AKC is dependent upon concerned individuals who are willing to be involved as dedicated breeders, willing to preserve the history and function of a breed as well as the devoted club member who holds events. As Juniors you are the future and it is hoped that you are gaining experience to step into these rolls in the future. In preparation, seek as much information about your breed as obtainable, study the pedigrees of your dogs and understand how future generations can be improved. As club members, be involved in your community to be the resource when legislation issues arise. Work with the local legislators to educate them about Responsible Dog Ownership and what is appropriate for the community.

I wish to congratulate everyone on their success with their dogs throughout this past year and hope that everyone has a happy, healthy, holiday season and New Year!

Junior Handler Events

2009 Junior Challenge

We are launching the first FLORIDA JUNIOR CHALLENGE to be held on Saturday, January 10, 2009 & Sunday, January 11, 2009 in Brooksville, FL. The big event will be held during the Florida Circuit. The event will be offered FREE of charge to Junior Handlers. Last year's Jamboree was a great success with 135 Juniors participating. We are hoping to make this new event even bigger and better. Read more.

The Northeast Regional Junior Handler Competition
he Northeast Regional Junior Handler Competition was held at the South Windsor Kennel Club show on November 22, 2008. The concept of the Regional competitions was based on the original State of California Competition that is held in conjunction with the Sun Maid Kennel Club show in Fresno, California. There are now Regional Competitions conducted throughout the country, where the eligibility requirements are determined by the host club, and usually two wins in Open with competition. These events are offering Scholarships as awards to provide support to Juniors once they have aged out in their pursuit of a college education. Read more.

Junior Views


by Helen Bavin
I opened my email inbox to see another group of twenty emails from people offering help. Another twenty people with kind words and comforting stories. Another twenty people who would send emails two weeks later telling me how sorry they were that I lost my best friend, and another twenty people who would teach me life lessons I never would have learned otherwise. Read more.

My Ever-Growing Love for Dog Shows
by Kelly Corcoran
y dog, Sadie, and I entered our first show in the spring of 2005. I learned very quickly that it takes a lot of training, effort, and time to become a competitive team. In two years, Sadie and I had completed six titles and trained in Obedience, Rally and Tracking. Read more.

Dogs in My Life
by Kristin Heiden
Dogs have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. When I was first introduced to the sport of dog shows, I was hooked. Because of this I have spent the last 11 years training and showing dogs in the AKC along with helping teach my local 4-H dog club. Dogs have just always had an important role in my life. Read more.

A Tale of Two Schnauzers
by Katie Johnson
All my life, I have been surrounded by cats. Don’t get me wrong, I love cats, but my passion has always been dogs. My parents finally gave in when I was 8 years old; we adopted 2 retired racing Greyhounds. I loved those dogs to death, and when they moved on two years later I was devastated. Read more.

Junior Biography
by Katie Konesky
Ever since I was seven years old, I found myself dazzled by the dog show world and the people within it. I thought of it as a big family that had gotten together almost every weekend and enjoyed doing the same thing. I soon became a member of the Golden Retriever Club of Western New York and the Golden Retriever Club of America with my mother, which allowed me to meet many people. I was thought of as the "young squirt" who was eager to learn how to become an ideal handler. Read more.

The MACH Title
by Halee Mason
I wrote this essay after getting my MACH with my dog, Cammi. So many of my relatives and friends didn’t really know what a MACH was so I thought this would help explain. The experience of competing in agility and getting my MACH has been very rewarding. I hope that I can encourage many other juniors to compete and keep this wonderful sport alive. Read more.

My Fun with Lady
by Mary Schroeder
I have had a great time and learned many things from training, showing, and caring for my Shih Tzu, Lady. Lady and I have participated in 4-H obedience, agility, and showmanship over the past five years and have recently started showing in AKC agility, obedience, and rally. Read more.

Photo Gallery
Photos from recent shows. Go to the gallery.


Upcoming Junior Clinics

•Santa Clara, CA
Saturday, February 14, 2009

• Detroit, MI
Saturday, February 28, 2009

• Seattle, WA
Sunday, March 8, 2009

• Louisville, KY
Saturday, March 14, 2009

• Charlotte, NC
Saturday, April 4, 2009

• Birch Run, MI
Saturday, April 25, 2009

• Freehold, NJ
Saturday, May 23, 2009

AKC Junior Scholarship Deadline
The deadline to submit a Scholarship Application is February 20, 2009. Find an application and instructions here. Required with the application is the completed essay as well as a transcript from your school.

AKC Summer Intern Program
If you are currently in college it is not too early to start thinking about your plans for the summer. Have you considered getting to know the inner workings of the AKC? Summer Internships are offered in the NY offices and the NC Offices. Find additional information and the application here.

Pug Bite Examination
A letter from the Pug Dog Club of America explains the correct procedure for bite exams. Read the letter here.

This Issue's Contributors

Helen Bavin
Helen Bavin
Kelly Corcoran
Kelly Corcoran
Katie Konesky
Katie Konesky
Halee Mason
Halee Mason