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AKC champ heads back to show

Lois Milligan’s champion 19 month old French bulldog Joey is set to compete in the Westminster Dog Show in New York City Monday, Feb. 9. ”We’ll leave Thursday to drive to Virginia and pick up my friend,” said Lois, who expects the one-way drive to New York will take about a day and a half. ”I’m hoping for a wonderful award of merit,” said Milligan. “He’s such a nice dog and such good quality, the judges may really like him.” She is asking people to keep their fingers crossed for a big win for a Barnesville dog. Granddaughter Emily Ann Larkey “already has her little friends on alert” to pray for a win. “She’s our guru of miracles.” Joey holds an American Kennel Club national title for his breed which he won in October. Joey won his AKC title at 17 months old, competing against 385 other French bulldogs in Kansas after only five months in competition. In November he won a Best of Show ribbon competing against 1,430 dogs of all breeds in North Carolina. He also won his division. He was ranked fourth in the nation after nine months of showing. Joey appeared at the Atlanta Kennel Club show in Jonesboro last weekend before heading to the Big Apple for the main event. Results of the show were not available at press time. ”We polished him up a bit, just in case he needed it,” she said. Joey, co-owned by Anita Lewis, is handled by Jason Starr while Milligan watches the dog shows from the stands with other owners. Milligan has been breeding French bulldogs for 30 years of breeding. Joey, whose full name is Lucida’s Innocent Man of Kobi, reflecting his forebears, skipped 20 shows in Florida scheduled for January in favor of creating a few descendants of his own. Milligan opted to breed him instead. ”We wanted to go but couldn’t,” said Milligan, “but now we have four puppies on the way.”

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