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  June 2008
A Message from Mari-Beth O'Neill
The AKC National Junior Organization is proud of the Juniors participating in all AKC events. Sportsmanship is at the corps of our events and it is always a pleasure to observe the camaraderie of the Juniors and the support they provide each other from the conformation ring to Agility, Rally, Obedience, Tracking, Herding, Lure Coursing and any other event in which Juniors have had success. It is hoped that this positive atmosphere for young people will continue for years to come.

Those who have met the five wins in Open with Competition criteria for the AKC Eukanuba National Championship will be receiving letters. The list on the AKC Web Site is updated every 2-3 weeks. Please forward your school transcript as soon as the school year has ended to avoid the rush.

News & Events
Junior Speaks Out Against Ohio Legislation
by Sharon Unrau
Junior Thomas S. Meade II recently participated in Project Citizen, a portfolio-based civic education project for middle and high school students designed to promote competent and responsible participation in state and local government. Project Citizen actively engages students in learning how to monitor and influence public policy and encourages civic participation among students, parents, and members of the community. In the competition, Thomas and his teammates discussed responsible breeding practices as a counter to Ohio bills that would regulate breeding. Read more.

Challenge Yourself in Performance Sports!
by Judy Hart, Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America Delegate
The increasing numbers of Juniors participating in the various companion dog sports has become exciting to those of us who watch from afar (translate that to ‘old folks’). However, many Juniors who own breeds eligible to participate in the various Performance sports are missing out on a great way to challenge yourself and enjoy watching your dog do what he was bred to do. Some of the performance events are not easy. Herding is not easy to do, and it’s not easy to find a trainer and/or a mentor to help. There’s a long learning curve for both you and your dog, and success and titles aren’t necessarily just around the corner. That’s what makes it a challenge—it’s not easy, and not everyone can do it—and maybe that’s part of what makes it worth doing. Read more.

AKC Junior Scholarship Recipients
Congratulations to the 2008-2009 AKC Junior Scholarship Recipients. Once again the committee was overwhelmed with the applications received. This years recipients have participated in all aspects of AKC Events including the winner of the Junior Showmanship Competition at the AKC Eukanuba National Championship, the winner of the 8” Class at the AKC Agility National Championship, as well as those who have handled dogs to titles in Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Agility, Earthdog, Lure Coursing, and Herding. The recipients are members of clubs or have actively participated in Responsible Dog Ownership Days in their communities. Read more.

Central Ohio Kennel Club Youth Award
Maria NeffThe Central Ohio Kennel Club is pleased to announce its Youth Award winner for 2007. Ms. Maria Neff of Greenville, Ohio was the ultimate winner. She was chosen for her dedication, enthusiasm and versatility in the sport of canine competition. Maria’s accomplishments with her Australian Shepherds began at a young age in Junior Showmanship leading to seven championships. From there and recognizing the versatility of the breed, she has competed successfully in agility, obedience and rally. She has qualified for Westminster, Eukanuba Invitational and has been ranked in all breed and herding group as a junior handler.

See entry requirements for the 2008 Award.

Two Breeds
by Zena Brenner
My name is Zena Brenner. From the age of 5, I have been involved in working with dogs. I began in Agility and Obedience, and moved on to Conformation and Junior Show Handling. It is of utmost importance to commit yourself to learn about the breed you are showing in junior handling. Yet at the same time you must keep your education high on the list. Read more.

I Always Wanted a Puppy
by Casey Evans
I always wanted a puppy. Apparently the first word I said was doggy. I can remember asking my mom if I could have a puppy. Being surrounded by at least two Westies at all times helped me decide on either a Parson Russell or a Scottish Terrier. I picked a Scottie. My mom told me to wait until I was eight. Well, my eighth birthday came and I reminded my mom of her promise. Read more.

Agility with Sage
by Cecelia Madsen
When I arrived home as a ten-year-old from a nearby kennel with a squirming ball of fur squashed on my lap, I had no idea what having a puppy meant in terms of responsibility and hard work. I quickly learned just how much time and energy it took to raise a well-behaved, obedient companion. Sage, my Pembroke Welsh Corgi, was a naughty little thing whose favorite activities included chewing on the comers of our kitchen cabinets and rolling in the foulest messes available. Read more.

My Future with Purebreds
by Raul F Hernandez Rubio
Dog shows, what's not to love? Especially if your love is blended with talent. I am glad to say I am blessed with talent for the sport I love. I have been the number one junior handler in Puerto Rico in both AKC and FCI standings, second best junior in the World 2007, I am the 2008 Dachshund Club Of America National Specialty Best Junior, I have shown many breeds from all groups. Read more.

Experiences in Juniors
by Leah Tedesco
My name is Leah Tedesco and I am seventeen years old. I have been showing dogs for about seven years. Within those years I have competed in Conformation, Rally, and Agility. I received my first dog, originally, as a pet, but after going to a dog show and seeing the Breed and Juniors competition, I fell immediately enthralled and made him a show dog. Read more.

by Hannah Wolfshohl
My name is Hannah Wolfshohl I'm 17 years old and live in Texas. I have been showing dogs for 7 years now. Showing in Junior Showmanship has really helped build my confidence, and has given me so many opportunities! Read more.

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

Upcoming Junior Clinics

• Bel Alton, MD -- Saturday, June 28, 2008

• W. Springfield, MA -- Friday, July 4, 2008

• Soldotna, AK -- Saturday, July 12, 2008

• San Antonio, TX -- Saturday, July 12, 2008

• Canfield, OH -- Saturday, August 2, 2008

• Harrisburg, PA -- Saturday, August 9, 2008

• Greensboro, NC -- Saturday, August 9, 2008

• Lexington, KY -- Saturday, August 30, 2008

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Junior Seminars

Olympic Kennel Club, Emumclaw, WA
August 16th, 2008 at 7:00 a.m.
Come and meet four AKC Judges and hear their thoughts, how they view Juniors with their placements, followed by questions and answers.

Presenter : Rosemary Petter
AKC Judges Panel : Albert Holabach, Dr. Linda Petter, Elaine Young and Rosemary Petter
Contact : Rosemary Petter
Elaine Young 206-324-6327
Fax 206-324-6327

Durham Kennel Club Presents
Brenda Aloff -- May 10-11
Ed & Pat Gilbert -- June 14-15
Dr. Chris Zink, DVM Ph.D. -- Nov 1-2

This Issue's Contributors

Casey Evans
Casey Evans
Cecelia Madsen
Cecelia Madsen
Raul F Hernandez Rubio
Raul F Hernandez Rubio
Leah Tedesco
Leah Tedesco
Hannah Wolfshohl
Hannah Wolfshohl