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Clever and Capable Canines Literally Jump Through Hoops to Secure Top Spots At AKC Agility and Obedience Invitationals

Nation's Most Obedient and Athletic Dogs of 2007 Crowned

The winners of the 2007 AKC National Obedience Invitational and the AKC Agility Invitational, both sponsored by Eukanuba, were named today in Long Beach, California.

Held December 1 and 2 at the Long Beach Convention Center in conjunction with the nationally televised AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, the two events demonstrate the highest level of training and teamwork between dog and handler and are the culmination of thousands of trials held throughout the year.

“These are really prestigious wins. Dogs had to qualify at the highest levels of competition just to be invited to compete,” said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “Agility and obedience require dedication from the handler and talent from the dog, and of course an intense bond between the two. These winners represent the fastest, the most agile and obedient—the all around best.”

AKC National Obedience Invitational
The 2007 AKC National Obedience Invitational Champion is OTCH Dd’s Dreams Do Come True UDX4 RE TDX JH, a Golden Retriever commonly known as “Dream,” owned by Billy and Dee Dee Anderson of Redwood City, CA.

Obedience trials test a dog's ability to perform a prescribed set of exercises on which it is scored. Nearly 100 of the nation's top Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH) pointed dogs in the country competed for the coveted title of AKC National Obedience Invitational Champion (NOC) during the two day competition in Long Beach.

AKC Agility Invitational
Five agility dogs and their owners – one dog/handler team in each of the five height categories – were crowned at the event, which brought together 470 dogs from across the country and beyond.

Placing first in their height division (8", 12", 16", 20" and 24" respectively) were:

  • 8”- NAC MACH15 Pinpaps Jonquil Of Skipnlena MXF “Tigger” (Papillon)—Robin Cohen & Robin Kletke of Woodinville, WA
  • 12”- MACH2 Dashaway Razor Sharp Edge “Edge” (Parson Russell Terrier)—Suzanne Birdsall of Long Beach, CA
  • 16”- MACH Foxgrove’s Electric Slyde RN OF “Slyder” (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever)—Kim & Terry Simons of Northridge, CA
  • 20”- NAC MACH8 Super Star XF “Stellar” (Border Collie)—Linda Mecklenburg of Mount Gilead, OH
  • 24”- CH Regen’s Rocket Launcher VCD2 TDX MX MXJ “Booster” (Weimaraner)—Steve & Laurie Jenks of Covington, WA

Agility events allow dogs to demonstrate their athleticism and versatility by racing against the clock and overcoming a challenging course of different obstacles. Success requires proper training, as it is a sport of physical skill, control, patience and – most importantly – teamwork between handler and dog. There are five different height categories, so dogs compete fairly according to size.

Highlights of the AKC Agility Invitational will be broadcast on Animal Planet on February 10th, 2008 at 8 PM (ET/PT).


Daisy Okas
American Kennel Club

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