Wednesday, December 16, 2009

AKC Agility Invitational Epic FAIL

How sad is this: The AKC invites the top five agility competitors from each breed out to its big 125th Birthday Bash at the 2009 AKC Eukanuba National Championship in Long Beach, CA, last week.

Unfortunately, the worst happened.

Rain fell. And fell. Until the makeshift tent city that housed the agility ring and crating area FAILed, producing a situation that became closer to a wartime refugee camp than a celebration of agility's finest.

So...AKC, does it always have to be just about the money? Can't you just once remember and respect the more enlightened reasons you were founded and the reason you exist? Can't you genuinely honor the achievements of all of your top dogs, not just the conformation ones?

If not, maybe it's time for a little truth in advertising:

We're more than just champion dogs. (Oops, fact is, we kinda are. We just luvs those conformation $$$!)

We're the dogs champion. (Unless it comes to agility dogs in flooded tents vs. inconveniencing the conformation folks...then, sorry! You're on your own.)

Bottom line:

This situation is deplorable and the AKC should be ashamed. Really, really ashamed. This situation was a travesty and a dishonorable way to treat AKC agility's best of the best.

What many of us have suspected about the place of agility within the AKC has now been proven unfortunately correct. The mask torn off, the damage done.

Will the AKC do the right thing and give the Agility Invitation competitors a sincere apology?

Call me jaded, but I'll believe it when I see it.

Seen enough? Want to give the AKC a piece of your mind?

Write to the AKC to demand that a public apology be given to all of the 2009 AKC Eukanuba Agility Invitational competitors. Send your email to

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