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Primping and Practice

A beagle named Diva sails over a barrier during an agility competition at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Long Beach last weekend. (Rick Loomis / LAT)
This is how Bedlington terriers are supposed to look. A number of such unusual breeds were represented at the championship. (Rick Loomis / LAT)
Rebecca Storke of Long Beach plays with a dalmatian at a meet the breeds booth. (Rick Loomis / LAT)
A makeup artist attends to handler Sheila Ness of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Dogs like the Bedlington terrier Ness took into the championship ring undergo their share of primping as well. (Rick Loomis / LAT)
A marketplace for dog lovers was part of the show. Artist Jody Whitsell displayed samples of her dog portraits. (Rick Loomis / LAT)
Vikki, a toy poodle handled by Kaz Hosaka, was one of seven dogs competing for the best in show title. (Rick Loomis / LAT)
Lance, a 3-year-old Great Dane, is led around the ring by his handler, Shannon Soafer. He was chosen best in breed. (Rick Loomis / LAT)
James, an English springer spaniel from Fairfax, Va., claimed top honors as best in show. (Rick Loomis / LAT)
Handler Kellie Fitzgerald wipes away tears after James, an English springer spaniel, was named top dog Sunday. (Rick Loomis / LAT)
Pic, a Pyrenean shepherd, shares some affection with his owner, Gail Mahood of San Francisco. The public was allowed access to staging areas where dogs took breaks after competing in agility events. (Rick Loomis / LAT)
An Irish setter has a quiet moment with his ribbons after Sunday’s competitions. (Rick Loomis / LAT)