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   April 2009
A Message from Mari-Beth O'Neill
The AKC Junior Scholarship Awards have been announced, 26 recipients received a total of $41,000 ranging from $3,000-$1,000. The application pool was very competitive and the recipients are to be congratulated. The committee was challenged with 86 applications to review. Once again the recipients come from all aspects of AKC Events in addition to their varied subject matter interests. An important component of the AKC Scholarship application is the essay where the applicant gets to share their own personality and how it relates currently to AKC or future plans for participation.

If you were a former recipient, a survey has been sent out to determine your current involvement in the sport. If you did not receive the survey please feel free to contact me directly.

Legislation affecting our rights to own, breed, and crop or dock our dogs is a burning issue in some community in every state. If we wish to preserve our rights to own any breed we desire, to be able to breed dogs, and to chose to crop or dock them dependent upon the standard for the breed, we need to remain ever vigilant. The AKC Government Relations Department provides updates on current issues, sample letters as well as contact information and how to assist. It is imperative to be aware of what is happening in your own municipality.

Your participation as always is appreciated.


Junior Reporgts
There's a BIG Difference!
by Phil Guidry
In today’s popular culture, many famous people publicly support animal rights. Rarely does a day go by when celebrities are not heard on TV, radio, or on the Internet asking you to support animal rights organizations. And why wouldn’t those of us who love dogs want to help abused or unwanted animals through these organizations? Sounds good, right?

WRONG! Contrary to popular understanding, “animal rights” is a phrase that represents a radical viewpoint of the world, even though animal rights groups often have names that sound good. Read more.


Youth for Animal Welfare
by Lauren Hay-Lavitt
Having been involved in dog shows for six years now, I have developed a passion for, and a commitment to, this sport that has allowed me to meet many of my goals in junior showmanship. Now that I am retired from juniors and am more focused on a future in professional handling, I have become increasingly alarmed by the continual efforts by animal rights extremists to pass legislation across the country that would ultimately destroy the sport of pure bred dogs, among many other things. Because of this, I am launching an effort to engage young people in all aspects of AKC activities as well as others such as 4-H and FFA to fight these extremists and protect our future interests. Read more.

2009 Junior Challenge Wrap-Up
by Angela Pickett and Michael Sauve
Brooksville, Florida was the place to be for Juniors on January 10 & 11, 2009. This year's Junior Challenge was a fresh, new and improved two-day event for Junior handlers. The Challenge was held in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Kennel Club & Inverness Florida Kennel Club dog shows during the Florida Classic Cluster. The event drew almost 100 Junior participants from around the country who came to learn and compete in Junior Showmanship. Florida all breed kennel clubs and specialty clubs sponsored the event with their generous donations. Read more.

Junior Views
Competing at the Junior Challenge
by Lindsey Grinels
Hey, my name is Lindsey Grinels. I usually show my Australian Shepherd in the open senior class, but sometimes I also show my Standard Poodle. I've been showing Aussies since I was 8 years old; starting in my local club shows and now I compete almost every weekend and work with a Professional Handler. Read more.

Bella and Me
by Kayla Kurtz
I want to tell you about my dog Bella Rose of Greenup. Bella is a Shetland Sheepdog. She is a wonderful pet and a great agility partner. Bella is a Sable Sheltie. She always has a smile on her face and makes me happy. Read more.

Junior Showmanship with a Rough Collie
by George Robert Rohde
It has been a pleasure to be involved in Junior Showmanship with my Rough Collie Scrappy (Lord Scrapbook of Narnia). I have learned that patience, dedication, team work, and most of all love go far when you are in Juniors. Read more.

Photo Gallery
Photos from the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, Westminster, and Junior Clincs. Go to the gallery.



Announcements

Upcoming Junior Clinics


•Birch Run, MI
Progressive DC of Wayne County
Saturday, April 25, 2009

•Valley Center, CA
Mt. Palomar KC
Saturday, May 16, 2009

•Freehold, NJ
Plainfield KC
Saturday, May 23, 2009

•New Castle, PA
New Castle KC
Sunday, May 24, 2009

•Texarkana, AR
Kennel Club of Texarkana
Saturday, June 13, 2009

•Bel Alton, Maryland
Southern MD KC
Saturday, June 27, 2009

•Springfield, MA
Kenilworth KC
Friday, July 3, 2009

•Canfield, OH
Beaver County KC
Saturday, August 1, 2009

•Harrisburg, PA
Penn Ridge KC
Friday, August 7, 2009

•Springfield, MA
Newtown KC
Saturday, August 22, 2009

•Raleigh, NC
Salisbury KC
Sunday, September 6, 2009

•Deland, FL
West Volusia KC
Saturday, September 26, 2009

Special Event
Oconee River Kennel Club Welcomes & Cordially Invites Junior Showmanship Exhibitors to ORKC Junior Showmanship Hospitality Tent. Saturday, May 2, 2009 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Bring your Lunch & Chair. Juice, Water & Cookies served. Join the Fun!

Rules Applying to Dog Shows
Effective January 1, 2010.
CHAPTER 11, SECTION 1
No dog shall be exhibited in a licensed or member dog show, except for dogs entered in the Miscellaneous Class unless it is either individually registered in the AKC Stud Book, or individually registered with a foreign registry organization whose pedigrees are acceptable for AKC registration.


This Issue's Contributors

Lindsey Grinels
Lindsey Grinels
Kayla Kurtz
Kayla Kurtz
George Robert Rohde
George Robert Rohde