Paula Lovett and Willie will be competing in Conformation at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championships scheduled for this weekend, Dec. 4-5, in Long Beach, Calif.
As a way of acknowledging Alaskans' incredible achievements, this week the Dog Blog is introducing some of the Alaska competitors in a Q&A format.
Here's Paula and Willie, true teammates who make each other look good in the ring.
Dog's Registered Name: White Oaks Willie Nelson
Call name: Willie
Breed: Australian Shepherd
Dog's Age: 4
Handler/owner: Paula Lovett
Occupation: Procurement Specialist
Event you'll be competing in at the AKC/Eukanuba Nationals: Conformation
How long have you been showing/competing with dogs? 10 years
Always same breed? Yes
Top finishes/titles/honors: Group 2 win
Best features/attributes: Willie's best attribute is his loving nature and he loves to show!
First time to Eukanuba Nationals? Yes!
Goals for the show? To experience everything! and maybe an Award of Merit.
Anything else people should know about you and your dog? Willie manages to make me look good as I am a awful handler. We are a team!