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The AKC/Eukanuba National Champion Is...

Even though it was filmed in Long Beach, CA back in December, the 2008 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship premiered on TV Saturday night. Of course, this was a must-watch for North and I as we once again curled up with friends and food to see the pups.

North was pretty sad when Elmer the Boston Terrier didn't place in his group (and went in the bedroom to sulk), but the rest of us tuned in for all the results and seven finalists to come into the ring. There were several familiar faces atop the groups, too, including this pretty pointer, Ch. Cookieland Seasyde Hollyberry.

To see which other dogs topped their groups and why this pup looks so familiar,


  • Sporting: Pointer (Holly)
  • Terrier: Sealyham Terrier (Merci)
  • Hound: Scottish Deerhound (Ouija)
  • Working: Alaskan Malamute (Black Bear)
  • Toy: Brussels Griffon (Lincoln)
  • Non-sporting: Standard Poodle (Yes)
  • Herding: Pembroke Welsh Corgi (Carly)

Champion of the 2008 National Dog Show (as well as a second place group finish at last year's Westminster), the pointer called "Holly" was the big winner this time, too. Even though she's a pretty pup, I was secretly pulling for Merci, brother of the 2007 AKC/Eukanuba National Champion, Charmin. We'll see more furry faces – even some of the same ones, too – at the 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show less than two weeks away!


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