Fri, 12/16/2022 - 2:04pm

10 Questions ...

... asked of Emily Holmes


Profession: 11th-grade high school student

Dog-sport involvement: Conformation, rally, obedience, FastCAT and agility

Hometown: Wadsworth, Ohio

Astrological sign: Gemini


1. Do you have any dog-show superstitions?

Oh, yes! I always tell myself that I cannot look at the ribbons, rosettes or prizes ahead of stepping into the ring, and if I do, I’m not likely to win anything I’ve snuck a peek at.


2. TV-show guilty pleasure?

“JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.”


3. If you were president of AKC for one day, what would you do?

I would make it a rule that all Junior Showmanship entries are free, regardless of other entries.


4. Most valued material possession?

My French horn.


5. What is something no one would guess about you?

I don’t plan to become a professional handler. I want to go to college to study environmental sciences so I can go on to help assess, restore and protect ecosystems damaged by humans and global warming. 


6. Who would you compare yourself to?

When it comes to showing dogs, I don’t think of myself as a Junior handler. Ever since I started showing, I’ve mostly been in the breed ring, and I’m honestly more comfortable there than in the Juniors ring. I compare myself to other handlers I admire for not only their skill, but also their kindness, willingness to help others, and love of the sport, like Emma Marshall, Kevin Carlson or Laurie Owen.


7. What are you “famous” for?

I don’t think I am famous for anything, but I seem to be best known for being smaller than I am currently. Everyone seems to remember when I first started showing and was much smaller than my Ridgeback. Nowadays, he’s not much bigger, but I am.


8. What website do you visit most often?

I live on Google Classroom because of school.


9. What was more memorable, your most satisfying win or disappointing defeat? And what was it?

I don’t usually remember defeats, and they’re never disappointing. If my dog wasn’t the dog the judge liked best that day, I’m happy for the winner, but I don’t think of those as defeats. So, my dog’s wins are by far more memorable and although hard to pick from so many memorable wins, I think the most memorable would be a tie between my first and last times showing at Westminster. The first time, I won BOS under Mr. Jay Richardson when I was nine, and the last was this past summer when my dog finished his GCHP by going BOB under Mr. Elliott Weiss.


10. What do you wish someone would ask you?

I always want spectators to ask me what breed a particular dog is; I love showing off how well I know the different breeds.



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