ALASKAN MALAMUTE â€œCOSTELLOâ€ CROWNED AT FIFTH ANNUAL AKC/EUKANUBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Same Dog Sweeps Best in Show, Best Bred-By and Viewerâ€™s Choice — Tampa, FL (Jan. 15, 2006) â€” And the winner is an Alaskan Malamute.â€¦CH Nanukeâ€™s Snoklassic No Boundaries of Lockport, NY, owned/bred by Sandra Dâ€™Andrea (tonightâ€™s handler), W. Corr and M. & P. Peel, commonly known as â€œCostello.â€
Earning a grand total of more than $80,000, the title of AKC/Eukanuba National Champion and Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show (a competition for breeders to exhibit the dogs they own), Costello was crowned the nationâ€™s top dog at the conclusion of the two-day competition televised live from Tampa, Fla. Best in Show judge Mrs. Robert S. (Jane) Forsyth of Pinehurst, NC, awarded the National Champion title. Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show was judged by her husband, Mr. Robert. S. Forsyth.
In total, 2,648 dogs in every AKC-recognized breed and variety, including competitors from foreign registries representing 20 countries, competed for prestigious titles and a total of $225,000, the largest cash prize in the dog show world.
The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship was once again simulcast live on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel. â€œWe welcome Costello into the distinguished group of AKC/Eukanuba National Championship â€˜Best in Showâ€™ winners,â€ said Ron Menaker, AKC Chairman. â€œAnd for the first time in the history of our show, the same dog took home all the top prizes. Millions of dog lovers watched him as he moved gracefully and proudly around the ring. But Costello is not the only winner here. We congratulate the more than 2,600 competitors for their achievement in just being invited and look forward to seeing them at the sixth annual National Championship this December in Long Beach, California.â€
“It was a great honor to award Costello with The Iams Celebration of Champions Trophy, which features a likeness of all AKC/Eukanuba National Champions, plus a check for $50,000 for Best in Show,” said Jeffrey Ansell, President of The Iams Company. “We congratulate Costello and owners/breeders Sandra Dâ€™Andrea, W. Corr and M. & P. Peel for their tremendous accomplishment.”
And, in the Junior Showmanship competition (for those under 18 years of age) Michael Brunner of Vancouver, Canada with his dog, CH Barkerville M’Aimez, or â€œMae Mae,â€ a Longhaired Dachshund, was awarded Best Junior Handler, along with a $2,000 scholarship.
VIEWERS CHOOSE THEIR OWN BEST IN SHOW
In addition to this yearâ€™s traditional competition, dog lovers watching the show voted online for their favorite dog from among all the Best of Breed winners in each group. The Iams Viewerâ€™s Choice winners were announced on air during the broadcast. Viewers cast over 156,000 votes at www.animalplanet.com and selected Costello as the Iams Viewerâ€™s Choice Award Winner.
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