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Going to the Dogs for the 164th Time!

LOCAL2 Staff for local2 sault ste. marie
May 15th, 2012 at 6:58pm



DOG SHOWSault Ste. Marie Kennel Club’s annual All -Breed championship, unbenched indoor dog shows this year will include a very special competition that’s all about the cute factor: baby puppies!

The kennel club is holding their 164th-169th All-Breed championship, unbenched indoor dog shows at the Soo Curling Club on May 19 through 21, 2012. On Saturday and Sunday, in addition to conformation, the club will also hold 4 licensed obedience trials and 4 licensed rally obedience trials. All four Saturday and Sunday shows are full, featuring 175 dogs in each competition. 164 dogs are entered in show 5 and 151 in show 6, both on Monday.

Also new this year is a Canadian Association of Rally Obedience trial on Friday night with registration starting at 4 pm. The difference between CARO rally and CKC rally is the criteria for who is allowed to participate. Only dogs registered with CKC (only purebred dogs) can participate in a CKC sanctioned event, while CARO’s mandate is to encourage ALL dogs, purebred, mixed breeds, pets, companion dogs or titled champions to participate in the fun and exciting sport of Rally Obedience. To participate in the SSMKC CARO trial, dogs must be registered with CARO which can be done that evening. Registration fee for the event is $18 per dog preregistered or $20 per dog at the show site.

Shows don’t always fill, and according to Director of Shows, Florence Hawdon Conway, judges play a large part. “There seems to be a lot of politics in the show now. A good judge doesn't look at the end of the lead to see if they know the person running with the dog. I tried to pick judges that judge the dog. I call them ‘drawing judges’ as exhibitors like to show under them and so bring in a lot of exhibitors.”

Regular conformation classes break out into the following: Junior Puppy (6-9 months), Senior Puppy (9-12 months), 12-18 month, Canadian Bred, Bred by Exhibitor, Open, Specials Only (animals that have achieved their Championship titles), and Exhibition Only. But as breeders like to get young animals used to the experience of a show as early as possible, the SSMKC is offering an additional class this year for baby puppies who are 3 to 6 months of age at all of their shows. 8 baby puppies are entered.

Newfoundland Dog Club of Canada along with the SSM Kennel Club will also be hosting a Newfoundland booster on Saturday. The booster, which awards special prizes for the specific breed winners, is hoped to increase greater participation.

Junior Handling will also be offered in both conformation and obedience on Saturday.

And for the general public dog owner is the Canine Good Neighbour testing Friday, May 18 with registration beginning at 6:45 pm. The testing that consists of 12 exercises takes approximately 15 minutes per dog. Joan Richard, CGN evaluator, explains “this is not an obedience trial. What we are looking for is to see whether the dog listens to the handler.” The exercises can be found on the Canadian Kennel Club’s website and is open to mixed breeds as well as purebred dogs. Cost is $25 per dog. Pre-registration is encouraged, but registration will also be taken beginning at 5 pm at the Soo Curling Club. To pre-register or for more information, please email Joan Richards at billandjoan@gmail.com. A certificate from the CKC will be mailed to all who pass the test.

As well, the SSMKC is selling tickets to a pasta dinner on Saturday from 6 to 8 pm at the Curling Club. Tickets cost $15 per person, and dinner includes pasta and meatballs, salad, homemade bread, dessert, tea/coffee. To purchase tickets, contact Hawdon Conway at 705-779-2611.

“The SSMKC annual dog show is our main event of the year, and the club members work hard year round to prepare and earn the funds necessary to put this on. The club is very proud of the success that we have had in attracting exhibitors from all over Canada and the US,” says Pat Johnson, President.


Start times:
Friday, May 18: CARO 5:00 pm
Canine Good Neighbour test 7:00 pm
Saturday, May 19: Conformation 8:00 am
Obedience/Obedience Rally TBD
Sunday, May 20: Conformation 8:00 am
Obedience Rally/ Obedience TB D
Monday, May 21 Conformation 8:00 am

Admission is free to the public. Dogs, other than registered for the shows and trials, are not allowed. Junior handling competitions will be on Saturday in both conformation and obedience. Best in Show will be held at the end of each show.

The Sault Ste. Marie Kennel Club is a dedicated group of owners and breeders of purebred dogs in the Sault Ste. Marie area. The objective of this not-for-profit club is to promote responsible dog ownership and interest in and improvement of purebred and mixed breed dogs.

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