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   August 2009
A Message from Mari-Beth O'Neill
AKC is celebrating it's 125th anniversary this year. It is hoped that you will be participating in the Responsible Dog Ownership Day events taking place throughout the country this September.

Juniors are the future of the fancy and it is hoped that you are involved with helping to celebrate this anniversary with your club. I would be interested in hearing how you have participated in a Responsible Dog Ownership Event in your community. Please forward to mbo@akc.org.

In honor of the AKC 125th anniversary the AKC Eukanuba National Championship will be open to all dogs this year. The Junior Competition still requires eligibility criteria to be met. If you have met the first criteria of five wins in the Open Class with competition, please get your transcript in so staff can verify the second criteria of a 3.0 grade point average.

You are reminded about the ownership requirements for the dog that you show in Junior Showmanship as well as the choice you make should you have a conflict with breed judging.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and remember to keep yourself and your dog safe during the warm weather!

Junior Reports
Reminders from the Junior Guidelines
A Guide to Junior Showmanship Competition for Juniors, Section 6
"If a Junior starts to compete in the Junior class and requests to be excused to go exhibit in conformation or another event, he or she is permanently excused."

Regulations for Junior Showmanship, Section 7
"Each dog must be owned or co-owned by the Junior Handler or by the Junior Handler's father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, grandfather, or grandmother, including the corresponding step and half relations, or by a permanent member of the Junior Handler's household as recorded with The American Kennel Club at the time entries close…"

A Guide to Performance and Companion Events for Juniors, Section 1
"The ownership requirements is the same as for participating in Junior Showmanship: the dog must be owned or co-owned by the Junior Handler or the Junior Handler's father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, grandfather, or grandmother, including corresponding step and half relations, or by a permanent member of the Junior Handler's household."

AKC - in Cyberspace!
AKC is now present in social media sites such as Twitter, Youtube, Facebook and Myspace. The pages are updated with news, photos and videos. Please check out our profile pages through the links provided here. Sign up and tune in for updates about Meet the Breeds and all things AKC throughout the fall and the rest of 2009.

Junior Views
Lessons Learned and Taught
Emily Bisso was born into an Irish setter family. She grew up going to dog shows, showing in Juniors, and learning about the sport and dogs in general. Her weekends were spent at dog shows competing against what she calls a “fantastic” group of Juniors. She loved that at any given show there were at least twenty juniors that not only challenged her to be a better handler, but were fun to be around. Showing in Juniors not only taught her sportsmanship, but she learned the motto “It’s not that serious”. Read more.
The Biggest Obstacle: College
Even the most involved Juniors find themselves trading leashes for books as they graduate high school and begin college. Most former Juniors would find it impossible to juggle being a full-time student with competing in dog shows every weekend. Many of them completely put involvement with purebred dogs on hold or are forced to pick and choose which shows to attend while in college. As many of you current Juniors near high school graduation, you may be wondering if it is possible to do both at the same time. Well, former Junior, Jennifer Crank, has not only figured out how to go to school and compete, but how to do so at a world level. Read more.
The Human-Dog Bond
Growing up, Jenny Glei liked to watch her mom, Sally Glei, train and compete in obedience. However, what she really loved was helping her mom train dogs and teach obedience classes. Ever since she was little, Jenny had wanted a dog of her own that she could train and use for competing. When she was 10, she finally got Maggie a Shetland Sheepdog. Jenny trained Maggie herself, and the pair competed in obedience trials. Read more.
Marketing Inside and Outside the Show Ring
Since aging out of Juniors, there have been two major changes in Lindsey Kuhn’s life: she now handles professionally and she is a college student. Lindsey is currently a senior at Bowling Green State University where she is majoring in Marketing with a specialization in advertizing. Showing dogs has actually given a greater understanding of her future career, and Lindsey believes that her dog show background is the reason she understands and enjoys marketing so much. When showing dogs, Lindsey is “marketing” them to the judge. Read more.

A Life in the Sport
Growing up, Samantha Newton’s fellow classmates never understood why or what dog showing was. It was incomprehensible why some one would get up hours before the school bus arrived to care for dogs and perform the many dog-related chores each evening after finishing homework. Most kids would not dream of giving up the majority of their weekends to “sleep over” at hotels in far away cities instead of their friends’ houses. However, to Samantha, these things make perfect sense. Read more.


Upcoming Junior Clinics

•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

•Fort Wayne, IN
Northeastern IN KC
Sunday, November 1, 2009

Special Event
Junior Showmanship (all breeds) -- Come and meet 4 AKC Judges and hear their thoughts, how they view Juniors with their placements, followed by questions and answers.

Sponsor Club : Olympic Kennel Club Inc.

When: August 15th. 2009 Starts 6:45 AM.

Where: Emumclaw WA.

Presenter : Rosemary Petter

AKC Judges Panel : Albert Holabach, Dr. Linda Petter, Elaine Young and Rosemary Petter

Contact : Rosemary Petter
Phone 253-854-6287
Cell 253-797-5744

Elaine Young
Phone 206-324-6327
Fax 206-324-6327

Featured in this Issue

Emily Bisso
Jennifer Crank
Jennifer Crank
Jenny Glei
Jenny Glei
Lindsey Kuhn
Lindsey Kuhn