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Champlain Dog Club holds annual show 0

STEPHEN UHLER stephen.uhler@sunmedia.ca

The Petawawa Civic Centre was the place to be this weekend for those with the love of all things canine.

From Friday to Sunday, the centre played host to the Champlain Dog Club's 26th annual All Breed Championship Dog Show and Obedience Trials.

Under the watchful eye of the Canadian Kennel Club, the club has been inviting champion breeders and dog owners from across Canada and the U. S. to the event since it started in 1987.

Sandy Allen, Champlain Dog Club president, said some 170 to 180 dogs were shown each day of the event, which is down in numbers from previous years, but is still a decent showing.

She explained the entire club - which consists of around 30 members - comes out and volunteers to help make this happen, working the door, helping to organize and run the events, and many other tasks.

"It is nice to see everyone come together," Mrs. Allen said.

Jennifer Marquardt, club vice-president, said the dog show has become a tradition in the area, with little explanation needed for people to understand what the event is all about.

"Everyone knows the dog show," she said. "The community supports us, through donations of prizes, or financial sponsorship, or by attending year after year."

Seven different groups of dogs took part in the show, classified as sporting, working, terriers, hounds, toy, non-sporting and herding.

Dogs are not judged against other dogs, but against its breed standard, which is an ideal set of physical and temperamental characteristics of what the perfect specimen of a breed would be. This includes the size and shape of the head, chest, and legs, for example, as well as how the dog carries him or her self when run around the show ring.

"All are judged according to the standard," Mrs. Marquardt said.

The obedience trials show judges what the dog can do with commands, including jumping over obstacles, fetching and knowing when to stay in place.

"This is very precise, with precise heeling, fetching and the like," Mrs. Marquardt said. This is a difficult thing for a dog to do, but so is presenting themselves and remaining still for a showing.

Vendors and photographers specializing in dogs were on hand throughout the three days of the show.

The event also helped support the local dog club and some of its benevolent work which includes funding dog rescue work, donations to the Humane Society, and the volunteer-based Therapeutic Paws of Canada, whose dogs are trained therapy animals. The organization also sold guide dog books at the show as a fundraiser.

Stephen Uhler is a Daily Observer multimedia journalist


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