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Paws forward for the show dogs
It's time to get out your leashes and dog combs because the Cranbrook and District Kennel Club is having its 41st annual Championship Shows and Obedience Trials.
The year's events take place at Moir Park from Aug. 22-24.
Dogs and handlers will be competing in the events coming from Canada and the U.S.
Organizers say that many of the top show dogs in Canada will be in attendance.
Judges for this year's competition will be coming from Clinton, Utah, Mexico, Coldwater, Ontario, Victoria and Edmonton.
Over 155 dogs are registered for the Saturday, which is the biggest day, said Margie Leopold, show chair.
"This year we're having for the first time Scent Hurdling," Leopold said. "We have I think four teams coming in from B.C. and Alberta. That's going to be on Saturday as well. It's a team race where they go over hurdles. They have to pick out their scents and bring them back. It's like a relay race with four on a team."
Other events include conformation, obedience, rally obedience trials, junior handling, and canine good neighbour test on Thursday evening, Aug. 22. This is open to all dogs in the community, not just purebreds.
"There will be all breeds of dogs coming," she said. "This was our 41st year, so 41 years of dog shows in Cranbrook. We hope to keep going, but we're a non-profit organization, so it's tough. We rely on making enough money to support our next year show."
She said entries are down this year, as they are across North America.
"All the dog show entries are down all over Canada and the United States," she said. "With the economy we've had, people don't have the money this year to show their dogs. This year has been a year where everyone's been down on entries."
The show dates are Friday, Saturday and Sunday Aug. 22-24. Start times are 8 a.m., and Friday and Saturday events will likely go to 3 p.m. On Sunday it will likely finish about 2 p.m.
Entries for conformation close Aug. 6. There will be Day of Show entries for Obedience and Rally Obedience, but it's suggested that you enter before Aug. 7 as the fee is slightly lower.
For more information on any of the dog show weekend's events and the Cranbrook and District Kennel Club go to www.cdkc.ca.
To contact the show secretary go to www.jmshowservices.com.