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December 2006

Winners Crowned at Long Beach
JamesCongratulations to English Springer Spaniel Ch Felicity’s Diamond Jim, known as “James” of Fairfax Station, Va., handled by Kellie L. Fitzgerald and owned by Mr. and Mrs. Allen Patton, R. Dehmel and D. Hadsall. Earning a $50,000 cash prize and the title of AKC/Eukanuba National Champion, James was crowned the nation’s top dog at a two-day competition in Long Beach, California, Dec. 2-3.

Nearly 2,500 dogs in every AKC-recognized breed and variety, including 116 competitors from foreign registries representing 16 countries, competed in conformation for prestigious titles and $225,000, the largest prize-money dog show in the world. Millions of dog lovers tuned into the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, which was simulcast live on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel. Read more.
Are You Thinking a Puppy would make the Perfect Gift
this Holiday Season?

Use this reproducible to advise and help educate potential puppy gift-givers this holiday season.

Holiday Puppy Reproducible
The Joys and Advantages of Owning an AKC-Registrable
Purebred Dog
Joys and Advantages to Owning a Purebred DogThe AKC Public Education department is pleased to introduce “The Joys and Advantages of Owning an AKC-Registered Purebred Dog,” a new full-color, eight-page pamphlet (part no. GBDR12).

This new publication soundly explains why AKC-registrable purebred dogs can’t be beat when it comes to predictability, history, companionship and competition.

Use this booklet in your public education efforts to help people not only understand what a purebred dog is but why the best choice is an AKC-registered purebred dog. The booklet also offers a concise and easy-to-understand explanation about what AKC registration means and instructions for how to register a puppy or dog or pursue an Indefinite Listing Privilege.

AKC Community Achievement Award Honorees
Congratulations to the Lake Cumberland Kennel Club, The Greater Panama City Dog Fancier’s Association Inc. and Oshkosh Kennel Club – the three most recent AKC Community Achievement Award honorees. We also salute the Rapid City Kennel Club (Delegate Sally J. Nist) and the Hunstville Obedience Training Club, who received honorable mention. The AKC named these clubs for their dedication to promoting and participating in AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day. Read about the clubs.

Attention Canine Ambassadors!
Canine Ambassador
Making friends with a Bichon Frise during a Public Education school visit.
In 2007, the AKC Public Education department will start distributing the Canine Ambassador mailings electronically via e-mail – so please send us your updated e-mail addresses to jxb@akc.org in order to continue to receive reproducible activity sheets and updates!

Volunteers from dog clubs serve as Canine Ambassadors by making presentations to children in classrooms, at libraries, at after-school programs, etc. and to other groups in the community to support the public education efforts of their club. While a club can appoint only one official Public Education Coordinator, it can have as many Canine Ambassadors as the club endorses. If you’re a PEC or other AKC-affiliated club member who would like to become a Canine Ambassador, submit a completed sign-up form.

Thanks for all your hard work!
Setting the Legislative Stage for Success
Experienced legislative advocates know that the best way to prevent bad legislation from being enacted is to build a relationship with public officials before an issue arises. As new legislators are being seated at the federal, state and local levels in the coming weeks, fanciers and concerned dog owners should be organizing to connect with these leaders. Below are a series of suggestions about how you can work with your elected officials to build a strong relationship. If your club has a legislative liaison, talk about how you can combine your club’s legislative and public education efforts to undertake some of the following proactive suggestions. Read more.
Published for club public education coordinators and others devoted to teaching responsible dog ownership.
We are pleased to introduce two new resources: “The Joys and Advantages of Owning an AKC-Registered Purebred Dog” pamphlet and a new reproducible offering advice for those considering buying a puppy as a holiday gift this season. We hope you will find both these publications useful in your public education efforts. The holiday season ushers in the new year, which brings with it opportunities for outreach and education. If you are not already in close communication with your club’s legislative liaison, we encourage you to talk with each other about how you can work together and consider the suggestions from AKC Canine Legislation included in this issue.

Finally, we offer sincere thanks for the hard work you and your clubs have done to promote the sport of purebred dogs, the importance of AKC registration and responsible dog ownership. We applaud your efforts to help people learn to enjoy their dogs more and make communities better places for both people and dogs.

Happy Holidays,

Larry Sorenson
 Larry Sorenson, director
 (919) 816-3722

 Theresa Shea, editor
 (919) 816-3710

 Joanne Beacon, administrator
 (919) 816-3712

 AKC Customer Relations
 (919) 233-9767

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