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Tuesday, 4 March, 2008 11:02 PM

Thousands of dogs were shown off at 100th and 101st Detroit Dog Shows

PHOTO BY JESSICA GUASTELLO / AMERICAJR.com

These dogs are waiting to take part in the competition.

by Jessica Guastello
lulu19237@aol.com

The Detroit Kennel Club celebrated its 100th and 101st Dog Show last weekend at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. The DKC has been around since 1916 and their most important function is to educate the public about the sport of purebred dogs. The club is composed of 10 individuals including DKC president Erik Bergishagen, who brings experience and expertise to the organization.

Among the members are judges, breeders and handlers that share the common goal of making the DKC shows the very best in the country.

Upon entering Cobo Center on March 2, I saw a swarm of people walking their pets on leashes, grooming their coats and giving them pep talks before making their grand appearance.

I couldn't believe how many breeds of dogs and animal groups there were, not only to be shown, but to give their support and promote the DKC. From Siberian huskies to German shepherds to poodles, just to name a few, were walking around with their owners looking forward to a nice bath and brushing before they were put on display. Surprisingly, some of the breeds I've never even heard of before and I could hardly pronounce the names correctly.

On Saturday and Sunday, a 3-year-old little Sealyham terrier named Charmin from Pennsylvania, had the honor of winning this year's Best in Show Award both days. More than 2,500 dogs were in competition and the owners and handlers made sure their pride and joys were ready by constantly brushing and grooming them endlessly.

While walking around, I noticed on the right side of the arena by the entrance there were little pet shops for owners and handlers to buy dog apparel. Then, along the wall, many cubicles were in place for rescue dog demonstrations, a lecture every hour about different breeds, grooming stations, and informational seminars, just to name a few.

There were 12 showing areas in a row with blue carpeting and white fences surrounding the area where the dogs were presented. The judges would only have one breed shown at a time by their owner, while other owners waited impatiently in line with their numbers rubber-banned around their arms.

I've never been to a dog show before, but I was very much taken back by this huge display of pet ownership even though it kind of reminded me of a doggie beauty pageant. More than anything, the participants displayed pride and love their dog, but also a determination to win. The owners and handlers were proud to show the skills and training of their dogs, especially the time and effort that went into preparing for this special day.

 

PHOTO BY JESSICA GUASTELLO / AMERICAJR.com

This dog is getting ready for it's turn in front of the judges.

 

PHOTO BY JESSICA GUASTELLO / AMERICAJR.com

The 100th and 101st Detroit Dog Shows were held inside Cobo Center.

 

We'll have more pictures from the Detroit Dog Shows tomorrow...

 

 

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