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At the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster, Eva barks as she goes over a jump. Eva competed in the 16-inch category.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Lec-a-Lu-Lexie gets a happy hug from Sherry Speckels after competing in the Westminster Kennel Club's Masters Agility Championship on Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Spring, a Shetland Sheepdog, watches the competition with his leader, Robin Berry, far right, at the Masters Agility Championship.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Sandy watches for a command from Karen Shinoda on the pause table during the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Tommy competes in the 4- to 8-inch category. Handled by Barbara Hoopes, Tommy came in third place in his category at the Masters Agility Championship.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Colleen Thurston of Camarillo gives her dog Lacey a kiss. Lacey is a Labrador retriever.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Mearle, a 7-year-old border collie, goes over a jump during the competition in the 16-inch category.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Barbara Kerensky grooms Reine, an Afghan hound, before competing in the Masters Agility Championship.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Sarah Beth Pinson of Alexandria, Va., gives a treat to Icey, a mixed-breed dog, before his second run.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Yolando Russell gives attention to her Maltese, Bitzy, before the competition.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Led by Diane Bauman of New Jersey, Reine the Afghan hound competes in the agility test.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

James Anderson of Long Island, N.Y., leaves with his three Brussels griffons after the agility contest.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

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