Cathy Gosling and Bella, left, and Kathy Williams and Kali, right, will compete in Orlando with dogs and handlers from around the world. *Photo supplied
Cathy Gosling and Bella, left, and Kathy Williams and Kali, right, will compete in Orlando with dogs and handlers from around the world. *Photo supplied

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12: Two Bermuda dogs will be travelling to Orlando, Florida, this week to compete and represent Bermuda in the prestigious American Kennel Club (AKC) Eukanuba Invitational National Championship Dog Show.

The event will be held this coming weekend, December 17 and 18, 2011.

Thousands of top dogs from around the globe will compete for $225,000 in prize money and the chance to be named National Champion, one of the biggest honours in the dog world.

The event will be held in conjunction with the AKC Agility Invitational and the AKC National Obedience Invitational, showcasing a multitude of canine talents under one roof.

The Bermuda Kennel Club (BKC) are very proud to announce that 20 BKC-registered dogs, and their owners, were invited to enter and two dogs will compete.

Kathy Williams’ Saluki, Kali, registered name Bda Ch Ulmarra Tropical Ice at Winton, will compete in the Conformation Competition. Conformation shows, also referred to as breed shows, are where each purebred dog is judged against the ideal breed type for their breed, as described in its Breed Standard.

Kali will initially compete in the Saluki Best of Breed competition. The winner of this class will go on to compete against the winners of the other breeds in the Hound Group, and the winner of that will go on to complete in Best In Show against the winners of all the other Breed Groups.

Kali is a U.K. bred dog, and one of only three Salukis on the island. This is the first overseas competition for this duo.

Cathy Gosling’s Labrador Retriever Bella, registered name Demerara's Bella Donna UD, OA,OAJ, OTCH, will compete in the 20-inch-high Agility Trials. Dog Agility is a sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy.

Dogs run off-leash and the handler can touch neither the dog nor the obstacles and neither food nor toys may be used as incentives, so the handler's controls are limited to voice, movement and body signals.

Bella is a Bermuda-bred dog, from Mrs Gosling’s breeding out of a Sire and Dam both from the U.K. This is the fourth time travelling to compete at agility trials overseas for this pair. The Dog Training Club of Bermuda is a sponsor of Cathy and Bella.

These shows are known for being televised so, you never know, we may see them on Animal Planet.

We wish them all safe travels and good luck in their respective competitions.