BY: Hayley Thomas

When it comes to top dogs, Paso Robles has one of the best Beagles in the nation.

Paso Robles resident Elise Smith is the proud owner of that pooch, who ranked as the American Kennel Club’s number one agility Beagle in the country for the 2009 calendar year.

Smith, who won the award with the help of her fun-loving Beagle Abby, is scheduled to receive the top honor at the 2010 AKC Agility Invitational slated for December 2010 in Long Beach.

For those not in the know, agility is a fast-paced dog sport that involves concentration from both the dog and its handler, who directs the dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy.

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