Dog show

AKC dog show opens Saturday at Fonner Park | Grand Island Local News

The Grand Island Kennel Club will host the AKC All-Breed Dog Show, Obedience and Rally Trials Saturday and Sunday at the Pinnacle Expo Center in Fonner Park.

All shows will be indoors and benchless, with obedience and rally trials open to All-American dogs listed in the AKC Canine Partners program. Doors open at 9 a.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sunday. Breed judging begins at 9:00 a.m., with group judging in the afternoon.

The public is encouraged to come early in the day if they expect to see their favorite breed.

Admission will be $5 per day for adults, children 12 and under will be admitted free. All tickets will be sold at the door. Strollers and unregistered dogs are not permitted for this event.

The Grand Island Kennel Club celebrated its 60th anniversary when a trio of area residents shared a vision,” club member and show president Dawn Mieth said in a press release. They understood the important role that dogs play in the lives of individuals and communities. They wanted to share their expertise in training and showing beautiful purebred dogs with others. As a result of the efforts of this group, the Grand Island Kennel Club was formed.

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Club members purchased land southeast of Grand Island, including a lake, where they built a clubhouse. Mieth said the families have enjoyed camping, picnicking and fishing at the club, as well as working with their dogs over the years. The building fell victim to the 1980 tornado but was rebuilt in the same footprint as the original, and is now home to countless courtyards and other activities.

The GIKC has been an important part of Grand Island and Hall County since its inception. Community members realized that “a trained dog is a good dog” and brought their pets to the Kennel Club for obedience training, filling classes year after year. Dogs are trained at the club to be certified as nationally recognized “good canine citizens”. Newer programs such as rally and agility provide a fun and healthy activity for dog owners of all ages. Top quality purebred dogs continue to be trained to compete in conformation shows some of which GIKC dogs have gained national prominence for their local breeders and owners.

Working with local youth, especially through 4-H, has always been important to the club. Members have helped hundreds of 4-H’s train, show and learn how to care for their dogs. Many educational programs related to dogs have been offered to the public over the years. GIKC members regularly take dogs to schools, scout meetings, veterans’ homes and retirement homes for demonstrations. Additionally, specially trained and certified dogs provide comforting therapy based on palliative care to patients. Kennel Club members helped found the Central Nebraska Humane Society in 1967, along with the adjacent pet cemetery, which benefits the people of central Nebraska.

For more information, check out the band’s website at www.gikennelclub.com or check out their page on Facebook.