JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio (WTRF) – Dog Showers and their furry friends from across the country, like Suzanne, traveled to Jefferson County to spend their Labor Day weekend showing off their dogs – some even coming from as far away as Canada.
“We show the dogs because we like it. It’s a challenge to breed a really good dog that will win in places like this, and it’s a lot of fun.
Suzanne Digby-McCord, dog shower
The St. Clairsville, Ohio Kennel Club and the Fort Steuben Kennel Club have come together as a friendship group to host this event, with categories including the AKC National Owner-Handler Series, Obedience and the rally, dock diving and a puppy contest.
The treasurer of the Pôle de l’Amitié, Gaël Damron, says that this event is more than just a competition. It’s the camaraderie and camaraderie that comes with the whole weekend.
“I’ve been participating in dog shows – the sport of dog shows – since I was eight years old. So some of these people, you know, my grandsons are running here today, so some of these people here have known me since I was their size. So doing that is, you know, I still have an attachment to it and I still love the sport. Even though my husband and I have sort of, you know, grown and evolved – we’re now dog show judges ourselves – it keeps us active and aware of what’s going on in the dog show world and to see people who, you know, we’ve been around for many, many years and it’s just – I want to keep doing that.
Gael Damron, Treasurer, Friendship Cluster
The preparation trainers take to ensure their dogs are on their game can range from a simple bath and brush to days of grooming and brushing up, but breeder Debbie Strum says whatever he happens, it is worth being here with others who share this passion.
“I love that people come to band together and cheer you on even though you may have beaten them that day.”
Debbie Strum, dog breeder
They have already started planning next year’s dog show.