Barktoberfest, the annual dog show sponsored by the Sierra-Tuolumne Kennel Club Inc., was held at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp on October 16-17, and it did not disappoint.
There were 717 beautifully groomed canine representatives from 130 breeds competing in seven categories, with each winner vying for the best in show within their breed.
Breeds ranged from familiar to exotic, including Icelandic Sheepdogs, Swedish Vallhunds, Tibetan Terriers, and Belgian Tervuren.
The weekend’s events included obedience and rally trials, an American Kennel Club-sanctioned puppy competition, a dockside dive and a junior showing competition.
Dogs are categorized into seven groups: Sporting, Herding, Toy, Working, Non-Sporting, Terriers, and Gun Dogs. The best of each group then competed in the best of show according to the breed standard.
Sandra LaFlame traveled to the show from her home in Redding with her 15-month-old English Cocker Spaniel, Hank, who was one of 48 entries – most of any breed taking part in the show.
Jeremiah Paul and his wife, Christine, from Fresno, brought their three Shih Tzus, with Jeremiah Paul saying ‘it’s my wife’s hobby’ and ‘I’m just the helper’.
Thirty-one puppies of 24 different breeds or varieties competed in the AKC-sanctioned 4- to 6-month-old puppy show judged by Barry Leece of Peralta, New Mexico.
Grayson Rohfler, 7, of Clovis, said he was looking forward to competing in the junior showmanship competition with his pup, Ellie, a 2-year-old butterfly. This would be Ellie’s first competition.
Rohfler’s sister Addison, 5, said she was also looking forward to competing one day.
The Kennel Club is a nonprofit group and provides training, instruction, and donations to the Humane Society and law enforcement dogs in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties.