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  September 2008
A Message from Mari-Beth O'Neill
Congratulations to everyone who has met the five win requirement for the AKC Eukanuba National Championship! This is a reminder that transcripts must be received in the North Carolina office no later than October 12, 2008 along with the signed permission slip to release information to Onofrio Dog Show Organization.

Your articles as always are appreciated about the different events in which you compete.

September is Responsible Dog Ownership month, many of you are members of clubs that are holding events. If you were involved in one of these events we would enjoy hearing about it. Remember you are Canine Ambassadors in your school and community!

Advice from the Experts
What is Conditioning?
by Delores Burkholder
Participation in every aspect of the Sport is enhanced when your dogs are in condition to perform at their best in the event chosen for each dog. Conditioning starts with your first choice of what to feed when weaning a litter. It also involves mental conditioning for show puppies including lots of toys to play with, adjusting to different surfaces and conditions, lots of hands-on experience on the ground and on a table. Read more.

Being a Well-rounded Competitor and Ambassador of the Sport
by Lee Herr
Handling is more than just winning; just as a Handler is not a person who just shows a dog. A Handler is a well rounded competitor familiar with all facets of the Sport. Handlers are Ambassadors for the Sport. This is also true of Junior Handlers. A well rounded competitor’s understanding of the Sport is built on diverse experiences acquiring expertise in the skills necessary to organize a successful event. Understanding the roles of the individuals working very hard to ensure the show goes off as planned can only make you as a handler more effective. Read more.

Junior Views
A Growing Experience
by James Clark
My name is James Clark, I am eighteen, and I live in Indianapolis, Indiana. I have been involved in purebred dogs for a substantial part of my life, and have been seriously showing in Junior Showmanship and Conformation for three years. My smooth Collie, Phoenix, has been my show dog, and we have been ranked in both Juniors and Breed standings. Read more.

My Years in Juniors
by Meghan Hill
was seven years old and stood only a few inches taller than the top of my dogs head when I first entered the show ring. My dog weighed 150 pounds and I only weighed 50 pounds. I couldn't reach the left rear foot, so my mentor, Kim Griffith, told me that there was no rule that said you have to stack your dog from the right side. So the next time I went around to the other side to stack the rear foot. Read more.

Joy in the Steps
by Katherine Peed
When I think of what showing dogs did for me as a person, I can't point out a single aspect of my life that was untouched. Showing dogs was everything to me. It defined the person I was and it has helped shape me into the person I am today. I remember when I was competing in Novice A obedience with my first dog Jazzy, I would get so frustrated with myself, Jazzy, and our performance. I didn't understand why we couldn't do the exercises like we practiced. Read more.

Continuing to Show while in College and Beyond
by Kathleen Waldock
One of the biggest challenges I have had to overcome since becoming a college student was living away from home without my hairy family members. By the time I went off to college the dogs that I had raised since their birth were already AKC as well as international champions, had been specialed by me and then went into semi- retirement to become spoiled, but happy couch potatoes. Unfortunately, this left me in a void regarding continuing to do one of the most rewarding activities I participate in - showing my dogs. Read more.

James, Meghan, Katherine, and Kathleen are recipients of AKC Junior Showmanship Scholarships.

Upcoming Junior Clinics

•Deland, FL Saturday, September 27, 2008

• Fort Wayne, IN Sunday, November 2, 2008

AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Entry Deadline

Transcripts must be received by October 12, 2008. See full entry requirements here.

Writing Competition Accepting Entries

Alliance of Purebred Dog Writers (APDW) has opened its annual competition for best purebred dog writing of 2008, including writing by Juniors. See information here (scroll down for Junior Award).

Photo Gallery

Photos from recent shows. Go to the gallery.