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Dogging it on the Kenai

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2004

At the Kenai Kennel Club's 82nd, 83rd, and 84th Dog Shows & Obedience Trails held at Skyview High School last weekend, the tents provided shelter from the sun rather than the rain.

The dogs and their owners come rain or shine according to show co-chair Ronda Oglesby, but the warm sunny weather probably did enhance the spectators turn out, "We never have a clue as to what the weather will be and actually this year I think it was a little hot for the dogs, the wind helped keep them a little cooler, but the dry grass was a bit slippery and we actually had to water every night to get a surface that everyone could run on and get their footing, so all in all it was a bit hot this year," said Oglesby.

 

A Newfoundland takes 2nd in Best of Show at the Kenai Kennel Club's.

There were about 20 more dogs entered each day this year over last, but Oglesby said that because of the increase of agility trails being offered in Alaska, that event had fewer entries this year.

 

There were about 550 dogs each day entered in the confirmation and obedience classes of the shows, and about 125 canines competing in agility. "The agility trials have grown in popularity and are really very visitor friendly, they are easy to follow and provide a lot of comedy relief for spectators," said Oglesby.

 

Spectators and owners gather to watch the Kenai Kennel Club's 84th annual competition.

Many of the dogs at the show hailed from the Lower 48 as airlines have become more dog friendly, others come from all over Alaska, and the parking lot at Skyview was transformed in a weekend canine and human camper city.

 

Champions compete for best of show at the Kenai Kennel Club's 84th annual event.

The Best of Show Friday went to a rather rare breed in Alaska, a Spinone Italiani. Saturday an Afghan hound took top honors, and on Sunday the Spinone edged out the popular Newfoundland breed for Best of Show. The Kenai Kennel Club offers year round events for dog owners interested in a variety of training and learning events. The Kenai Kennel Club has a new training facility in Kenai located next to the Moose Lodge; the facility has a padded floor and offers a variety of obedience classes. For more information call 335-2552.



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