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Tuesday, 8 March, 2011 1:20 AM

Cobo Center goes to the dogs for the 106th and 107th Detroit Kennel Shows

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Two dogs and their owners during one of the competitions at the 107th Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show.

by Garrett Godwin
ggodwin82@yahoo.com

 

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DETROIT -- In a Knight Rider episode, KITT (voice of William Daniels) reluctantly helped a dog avoid getting napped while he and Michael continue their crusade to champion the innocent, the helpless, and the powerless against above-the-law criminals as a modern-day Lone Ranger and Tonto. While KITT didn't make another appearance since Autorama, Cobo went to the pound this weekend with the 106th and 107th Detroit Kennel Dog Club Shows. The Pekingese Champion Palacegarden Malachy won Best in Show on Saturday night.

"It's a Belgian shepherd, a short-haired variety," said Pat Carpenter, owner of a Belgian malinois dog from Grand Blanc, Mich. "Most of the time they are used in police work. It does most of the same things as a police dog, but he doesn't bite a person. He is 10 and a half. He still is on his game as he was at two. He's been here before. He was in utility class this morning, an AKC obedience class. It's the highest level. They have to do scent retrieval, directed jumping. They have to go out and sit when I tell them and take a different jump, whichever one I tell them."

Over 3,000 dogs including 161 breeds were shown off during the two-day event at Cobo Center. Pups competed for awards by class, breed, age and sex. This was the first year for the service dog merit awards. Dog owners brought brushes, blow dryers and hair spray to get their canines ready for the competition.

"Her name is Charlotte and she was best of opposite sex here today for the Bullmasters," said Derek Marshall, owner of a Bullmaster dog from Davisburg, Mich. "They were bred to guard gamma states at the time. They came from England, kind of a mix between a mastiff and an older type of bulldog. My wife liked the named Charlotte so I said 'OK, that will be it.' She's a champion so she gets a 'Ch' in front of her name. She's won so many shows within her breed that she gets enough points to get the title 'American champion.' She's won almost all of her points right here in Michigan."

Hickory, a Scottish deerhound and winner of the Best in Show at the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, made an appearance at the Detroit Kennel Club's Dog Shows. The pup is on her publicity tour after taking home the big trophy.

"Chloe has a book written about her," said Bud Slusher, owner of an Alaskan Malamute dog from Tipton, Mich. "It's called Chloe's Story. They originated from the Arctic Circle. They were bred to pull the weight, the heavy loads not like the Siberians that are for racing. These dogs pull the heavy loads. They're kind of like cats. They might come when you call them and they might not. She's the princess. She's won a lot of shows and she was called the princess because she was always winning. She just won the junior handler competition."

About 30,000 people attended the Detroit Dog Shows each day for a total attendance of nearly 60,000 over the two-day weekend.

"We have a product line of natural and organic pet products, treats, goodies," said Gretchen Molnar of Sweet P's Organic Pet. "Most of our stuff comes from the U.S. They are made by our baker in New Jersey. Many of them are wheat-free, which is important for dogs that have allergies. Our best product here is our elk antler chew for dogs. Elks shed their antlers every year. They cut them up and the dogs chew on them. They like the marrow inside. They don't chip or splinter so they're natural and very safe. We are going to do the International Women's Show in Novi (April 28 - May 1)."

The top breed of dogs in Detroit is the German shepherd while the top breed in America is the Labrador Retreiver.

"Invisible Fence Brand was invented in 1973 originally to contain dogs and cats in their yards," said Kate Lochner, Owner of the Invisible Fence Brand. "Since then, we've also come up with a ton of solutions dogs and cats off of furniture, out of bedrooms, off of counters. We also do obedience, too. Ultimately, a dog or a cat wears a collar. We build a wall that can be up to 16 feet wide inside of a house or outside. Our trainers come out and actually train a dog how to use it outside or inside. We're going to be in Port Huron in a couple of weeks doing the Home and Garden Show (March 25 and 26)."

The Detroit Kennel Club shows are one of only five benched shows left in the United States. Dogs are kept on their assigned benches when not being shown in competition so that spectators can see them up close. The other four benched shows are in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

For more information on the Detroit Dog Shows, visit www.detroitkennelclub.com.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

A woman shows off her pup inside Cobo Center in Detroit.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Six dogs are seen in the competition area at the Detroit Kennel Club show.

 

PHOTO BY GARRETT GODWIN / ©AMERICAJR.com

A dog expert responds to a question from an audience member.

 

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Attendees are checking out one of the vendor booths.

 

PHOTO BY GARRETT GODWIN / ©AMERICAJR.com

Thousands of people filled Cobo Center for the 106th and 107th Detroit Dog Shows.

 

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