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  August 2011
A Message from Mari-Beth O'Neill
I hope everyone has been enjoying the summer, although it has been a particularly warm one for all parts of the country.

The Juniors Competitions in Obedience and Agility in conjunction with the National Invitationals have both filled. We look forward to meeting the additional juniors competing in these events this year.

Those eligible for the Junior Showmanship Competition at the AKC Eukanuba must submit a transcript reflecting a 3.0 grade point average or equivalent by October 25th, 2011. Once your name has been added to the list on the AKC web site, you will be eligible to enter once the Premium list has been posted. All invitation will be sent via email.


Special Announcement: Juniors Obedience Competition
The Companion Events Department is pleased to announce the FIRST Juniors Obedience Competition in conjunction with the AKC National Obedience Invitational to be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Competition will be held Saturday, December 17, 2011. See eligibility and entry requirements.
Sunshine State Herding Group Junior's Jamboree

On July 1st, 2011, the first of our 60 juniors from Florida and Georgia arrived at the International Palms Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The location was great for the convention rooms, the hotel rooms, and the relaxing after-hour amenities. The hotel was extremely accommodating, and had all the events in a localized area that was stress-free. The juniors and their parents were provided rooms with monies raised by the generosity of multiple all-breed and specialty dog clubs from Florida and Georgia, individual, corporate and company sponsorships. Twenty-seven volunteers provided their expertise in areas such as judging, grooming, professional handling, peer mentoring and fashion assistance. Although we were in the land of Disney, this was no "Mickey Mouse" operation... Read more ►

Brook Counts
Brook CountsIn one week, I will turn thirty years old. The daughter of a colleague, who is turning sixteen, told me, "Thirty?! You don't look that old". However, when I am at the shows, I still think of myself as sixteen and I am sure those who watched me grow up and age out of juniors still think so too. I still show Vizslas with people I competed...Read more ►

Melinda Hicks

Melinda HicksAs an AKC junior handler, I spend a lot of my time working with and training my dogs for the show ring. Since my dad has always been an avid coon hunter, I have been around Coonhounds my entire life. However, it was not until I went to our local club and watched a bench show, that I became interested in showing...Read more ►

Anne-Lise Nilsen

Anne-Lise NilsenTraining my puppy was no easy task; I never would have thought that a cute, small, fluffy dog could be so stubborn and difficult to train. Looking back at B.J.'s puppy days I would not have asked for anything different, everything he had put me through has made me both a better trainer, handler and even a person... Read more ►

Stephanie Rainer

Stephanie RainerMy Papillon Storm and I were best friends and went through everything together. As a team we achieved some very high honors such as: MACH 2, NATCH, qualifying for 4-consecutive AKC national events, winning the gold at the Jr. Purina Incredible Dog Challenge, and appearing on the David Letterman Show...Read more ►
Photo Gallery
Photos from the Rose City Classic, Junior Clinic in Springfield, Mass., and the Sunshine State Jamboree. Go to the gallery ►

Rose City Classic Junior Clinic CA Jr Handler

Upcoming Junior Clinics

• Raleigh, NC
  Durham KC
  September 3, 2011

• Concord, NC
  Greater Monroe KC
  November 19, 2011

Upcoming Junior Seminars
• Harrisburg, PA
  Keystone Cluster
  August 14, 2011

• Ridgefield, WA
  Vancouver KC
  October 29, 2011

 Fitchburg, MA
  Framingham District KC
  November 12, 2011

• Concord, NC
  Speedway Classic of the   Carolinas
  November 19, 2011

• Orlando, FL
  AKC/Eukanuba National   Championship
  December 18, 2011

Contact Kathy Caruana at kac1@akc.org or (919) 816-3862 for more information.

Contact Information Update
If your contact information has changed, please notify us so we can update our records: juniors@akc.org.

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days
This September, the American Kennel Club will host its 9th annual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days. Nearly 600 dog-related organizations from across the country will hold a free community event publicly promoting responsible dog ownership during the month of September...
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Getting to Know You
1. What does being a Junior mean to you personally?

2. What is one thing no one reading this would know about you?

3. What is the last book you read?

4. What is the last movie you saw?

5. What would you like to learn how to do?

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