|Winners Crowned in Long Beach
Congratulations 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 two-day competition in Long Beach, Calif., 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.
The nation’s most obedient and athletic dogs earned top honors as well over the weekend at the December 2006 AKC National Obedience Invitational and the inaugural AKC Agility Invitational, both sponsored by Eukanuba.
The reigning obedience champion, NOC OTCH Chaseabout’s Dances With Lions UDX9 JH MX MXJ, a Labrador retriever known a “Simba,” beat out nearly 100 dogs to claim a second consecutive title. Five agility dogs and their owners – one dog/handler team in each of five height categories – were crowned at the event, which attracted more than 450 dogs nationwide. Placing first in their height division (8”, 12”, 16”, 20” and 24” respectively) were: