'It's a pretty big deal': Local dogs invited to national competition

'It's a pretty big deal': Local dogs invited to national competition

SWEET HOME, Ore. - Earning show ribbons is nothing new for German Shorthaired Pointers Cash and Destiny.

Owner Kirsten Fulk has been showing Cash and Destiny since they were puppies.

Around the house, you can see evidence of their success, from ribbons to photos.

Now, they're preparing for the big leagues, the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.

"You have to be invited and there's certain criteria that you have to have to be invited," said Fulk.

Handlers Cheyenne Schlecht and Kory Wickoff will help show them in the ring.

"It's not just a national championship, it's an internationally known event, and everyone wants to come out," said Schlecht.

The dogs were two of 30 in their breed invited to compete.

"It's a little less glamorous than it all look from TV," said Schlecht. "There's a lot that goes into it day and night all week long."

The dogs go through a rigorous routine to prepare. They're exercised and groomed daily.

"This is really what we work toward all year, this and Westminister in New York," said Wickoff.

This is Destiny's third time invited back to compete. She'll be showing newbie Cash the ropes.

"I've been working with him since he was a puppy and now he's 11 1/2 years-old and seeing him going to the national championship is really exciting for me," said Schlecht.

No one knows how they'll do, but all three agree, it's an honor just to be able to show in the ring.

"We're out there trying to get an invitation to it, so when you do, it's a cool thing," said Wickoff.

The championship will be held December 17 and 18.

It will be nationally televised on February 4, 2012.