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David Does It: Celebrate Dogs! and AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

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Thousands of the world's top dogs will be at the Orange County Convention Center this weekend for the 2012 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship dog show, and the event is open to the public.

In tandem with the dog show, the American Kennel Club and Eukanuba is hosting Celebrate Dogs!, a festival of demonstrations, exhibitions, activities, merchandise and celebrity dogs.

"There's a lot for everybody to do and see, so I hope everybody comes out," Jason Taylor of Eukanuba told Fox 35's David Martin.

"It's a great time for the public to come out and meet all these dogs."

Events include:

  • Meet the breeds: Prospective dog owners can meet experts of more than 150 dog breeds.
  • Dock-diving: Dogs will demonstrate dock-diving talents.
  • Soccer: Soccer dogs will play with children in attendance.
  • Canine competitors in the national championship will compete for a total of $225,000 in prize money. The winner of Best in Show will earn $50,000.
  • Plus shows, exhibitions and more than 100 vendors.

Celebrate Dogs! and the 2012 AKC Eukanuba National Championship are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets to the event are $20, with discounted convention center parking. Go to CelebrateDogsOrlando.com for event and entertainment schedules and more information.

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