August 13, 2001
All-Breed Dog Show comes to Marymoor Park
Julia Johns, a 9-year-old fourth grader at East Ridge Elementary, started training and showing dogs at the age of 8. She now shows her 2-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Angel (Ringhill Angel in the Morning).
Julia is not old enough to show in "Juniors" so she shows against adults and professional handlers. In Canada, Julia won five consecutive shows to finish Angel's Canadian Championship.
She has shown in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Carol Woodward and Pat and Don Rodgers are her mentors. All are PHA (Professional Handlers Association) members and have assisted her in her show career.
Carol Williams, breeder of Angel, says, "She (Julia) has more presence in the ring than most adult handlers, and that she and Angel really work well as a total team."
Julia sold her pony to buy another Cavalier puppy and is also training her Rottweiler puppy for obedience and conformation. Julia's goal is to show at Westminster and to someday attend Crufts in England, one of the biggest dog shows in the world. Johns also takes Chinese classes and is involved in Girl Scouts and is on a Level 4 gymnastics team.
The Sammamish Kennel Club will present its 25th Summer All-Breed Dog Show and Obedience Trial Sunday, Aug. 26, at Marymoor Park in Redmond. Show times are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.