Prize-winning pooch aims for Best in Show |

Prize-winning pooch aims for Best in Show

Joel Stonington

Woody Creek resident Pamela Levy and her award-winning dog Tucker will compete against the world’s top purebreds at the invitation-only American Kennel Club-Eukanuba National Championship later this month. The show features 2,648 contenders seeking to show judges the qualities that earned them a spot at the national championship. The top 25 canines of each breed, as well as any dog that received a Best in Show based on year-long competition in other American Kennel Club events, receive invitation. Tucker’s chances are good, as he is already the No. 1 Australian terrier in the country in all breed points, according to Levy.And these dogs aren’t just competing for bragging rights. There is $225,000 in cash prizes at stake; the AKC-Eukanuba National Championship is the only dog show with such big money on the line.Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel will broadcast the event live at 8 p.m. Jan. 14-15. Plus, viewers will be able to cast their own votes on during the competition, with the viewer-selected Best in Show immediately following the judge’s selection. Visit or for more information.Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is

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