Dogs put on a show at Laird Fairgrounds (16 photos)
The Sault Ste. Marie Kennel Club hosts its first-ever outdoor dog show as the annual event makes its long-awaited return
Dog breeders, trainers and enthusiasts from home and abroad gather at the Laird Fairgrounds this weekend to participate in this year’s dog show presented by the Sault Ste. Marie Kennel Club.
About 100 dogs of all breeds, colors and sizes compete in the three-day showcase, which includes six conformation shows, four obedience trials and four rally trials.
Usually held at the Sault Curling Club, the city’s last dog show was in 2019 before the pandemic postponed the event for two years.
Kim Doan, president of Sault Ste. Marie Kennel Club, is delighted to once again host the showcase in an outdoor setting.
“We’re really excited to be back,” she said. “It’s a bit smaller than what we usually have; we usually have about 175 dogs, but this is our first year back outside. Things seem to be back to normal now. »
Lynn Doel, a breeder from Brampton who has been at dog shows for almost 40 years, is also happy to be back
“We love coming here,” she says. “It’s great to see all of our friends that we haven’t seen in three years.”
Doel has nine dogs representing four different breeds, including a six-month-old male puppy named Yolo.
Yolo will be up against dogs much older than him in the breed competition, and while his chances are slim, Doel says it’s a huge honor to even be in the same group.
“Older dogs have a lot more coat, a lot more furniture, bigger fluff on their ears – they’re more impressive to look at,” she says. “But it’s a very prestigious honor for a breeder with a junior dog to review adult dogs that have been on the tour for a year or two to try to win their championship.”
Conformation judging will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday for the final day of the event.