By Carol Reiter

Brian is going. So is Jonah. And don’t forget Big and Page.

These aren’t Hollywood stars ready to attend a grand premiere. They are stars of a different sort.

Brian is a Shetland sheepdog. Jonah is a Chihuahua, and Big and Page are Pyrenean

These local dogs, with about 4,000 others, will be competing at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship dog show this weekend in Long Beach.

“Other than Westminster, Eukanuba is the biggest and most important dog show of the year,” said Deb Franklin, a Le Grand Chihuahua exhibitor and the owner of Jonah.

Franklin said dogs must be invited to participate at the Long Beach event, and only the top 25 dogs in each breed, figured by points accrued throughout the year, are invited.

There will be more than 4,000 dogs at the show Saturday and Sunday, competing for a total of more than $225,000 in prize money.

The American Kennel Club breeder of the year will be named at the show.

“It’s the only show you can go to in the United States and see the top dogs in every breed,” Franklin said. Along with Jonah, she’s taking Wasabi, another Chihuahua.

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