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Jody Whitsell Wins Third Annual AKC /Eukanuba National Championship Commemorative Art Poster Competition

(Friday, December 09, 2005)

— New York Artist to Sign Limited Edition Prints of "Red, White, and Blue… And Every Other Hue!" —

NEW YORK — The American Kennel Club and The Iams Company are pleased to announce that Jody Whitsell of Monroe, New York is the winning artist in the third annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship commemorative art poster competition.

Her winning acrylic portrait "Red, White, and Blue… And Every Other Hue!" depicts one breed representing each group in front of a waving American flag. Her design best captured the contest's theme "The Wonderful World of Purebred Dogs".

Whitsell describes her work as fun and different, stating, "Dogs make us smile so the portraits should make us smile." Whitsell will receive $1,000 and a four-day/three-night trip for two to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Tampa, Florida January 14-15 (including airfare and hotel).

A limited edition of 500 copies of the poster will be created. Whitsell will be available to autograph her work during the show at the AKC booth. The poster will also be sold on AKC's website at www.akc.org. Proceeds from the sale of the poster will benefit Take the Lead, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to providing direct services, support and care for all qualified participants in the sport of dogs who suffer from the devastating realities of life-threatening or terminal illnesses.

"We have a responsibility not only to our dogs but to those individuals particpiating in our sport," said Show Chairman and AKC Chairman Ron Menaker. "We are delighted to donate this year's poster proceeds to Take the Lead."

The year's international line-up of top dogs at the Fifth Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will compete for $225,000 in cash prizes. In addition, the AKC National Agility Championship and the AKC National Obedience Invitational will once again join the National Championship at the same venue. The show will be simulcast live on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel on January 14 and 15, 2006 from 8 to 11 p.m. (EST) both nights.