Shelton resident Laura Wells and her champion Rottweiler, Bubba, will compete in a national purebred dog competition in mid-December.

They will be entered in the Owner Handler Series finals at the American Kennel Club/Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, Fla. on Dec. 14 and 15.

The series showcases purebred dogs exhibited by owner/handlers, competing against their peers. Wells, who is president of the Shelton-based Trap Falls Kennel Club, and Bubba are currently ranked No. 3 in the country.

The dog show may be viewed live at or at

Other dog honored for post-Sandy Hook role

Another Trap Falls dog will be honored at the Florida event — Drago, a spinone Italiano owned by club members Lauren Friedman and Chris Sweetwood of Milford.

Drago will receive the annual AKC Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence (ACE) in Therapy. In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Drago made more than 1,000 therapy visits.

ACE recipients will receive an engraved sterling silver medallion as well as $1,000 to be awarded to a pet-related charity of their choice.

Trap Falls Kennel Club is a nonprofit AKC all-breed dog club based in Fairfield County. Known for its community programs and involvement, the club has received recognition from U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy for spearheading fund-raising efforts for the new K-9 officer in Newtown.