FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
“COSTELLO” CROWNED AT FIFTH ANNUAL
AKC/EUKANUBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
-- Same Dog Sweeps Best in Show, Best Bred-By and Viewer’s Choice --
Tampa, FL (Jan. 15, 2006) — And the winner is an Alaskan Malamute.…CH Nanuke’s
Snoklassic No Boundaries of Lockport, NY, owned/bred by Sandra D’Andrea (tonight’s handler),
W. Corr and M. & P. Peel, commonly known as “Costello.”
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 nation’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.
“We welcome Costello into the distinguished group of AKC/Eukanuba National
Championship ‘Best in Show’ winners,” said Ron Menaker, AKC Chairman. “And 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.”
"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 D’Andrea, W. Corr and M. & P. Peel for their tremendous
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 “Mae Mae,” 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 year’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 Viewer’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 Viewer’s Choice Award Winner.
For more information about the Fifth Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, please
visit www.akc.org or www.topdogshow.com.
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competitions each year.
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