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2013 AKC Eukanuba Nationals, Orlando


This is one of the world’s premier and highly competitive dog events. Each year, thousands of the world’s top canine competitors vie for Best in Show honors and a total of $225,000 in prize money. Our favorite part of the show we attended December, 2013, was, as always, Meet the Breeds Row. Volunteers representing more than 150 different breeds decorate their booth space themed to feature their dogs.


Many of the groups bring in the adoptables they are fostering. The volunteers are very knowledgeable about their breeds, so it’s a good way to learn more about a breed before adopting one. Which proves the point, again, that yes, you can find a purebred dog through your local shelters and/or breed specific res- cue groups. The key to successfully finding one is to be patient.


(Above) This dog is a Lowchen, which means little lion in German. The breed originated from Europe around 400 years ago. The breed was popular between 1500 and 1800, most notably used as foot warmers for the ladies. In the early 1960s, Guinness Book of World records named the Lowchen, rarest breed.


(Above) Ruby Begonia, a Bull Mastiff therapy dog who volunteers with PAWS - Pet Advocates Working Sarasota, through the county’s Child Protection Center. The PAWS program provides comfort and aid to children and families in times of trau- ma and crisis. With the assistance of the Humane Society of Sarasota County's Pet Therapy Program, animal advocates are certified to work with humans through the Therapy Dogs Incorporated program.


Nanny is a three-year-old Welsh Terrier.


Diesel, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy.


The 2014 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship returns to Orlando December 13-14 at the Orange County Convention Center. We recommend booking your room reservations now at any one of the Rosen Hotels & Resorts near the convention center. RosenHotels.com


80 THE NEW BARKER


(Left) Allie, is a five-year-old Dandie Dinmont, pulled from a Missouri puppy mill. He was being fostered by volunteers of ACT For Dandies - the American Charitable Trust for Dandies. The non- profit and referral organization is dedicated to the rescue, care, adoption and placement of abandoned or homeless Dandie Dinmont Terriers. ActForDandies.org


(Left) Miles is a four-year-old Labrador Retriever who is just as happy in the show ring as he is just being a regular dog


with his new favorite chew toy. Photography by Anna Cooke.


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