FERNDALE, Calif. (KIEM) — The Lost Coast Kennel Club dog show will be held July 22-25 at the Ferndale Fairgrounds Football Field. Beginning at 8am each day and continuing until all dogs have been judged, the show welcomes the public to enjoy the event.
Dogs participating in the show can participate in three sections. These are the agility test, the barn hunt and the running ability test. All competitions focus on the dog’s ability in a certain arena.
The event draws people from a variety of places, with some traveling far and wide to participate.
“We attract people from the Bay Area, from Oregon, from the Valley. People have come from far and wide to enjoy these different sports with their dogs,” said Lost Coast Kennel Club Agility Chair Beverly Morgan Lewis.
The contest is not exclusive to purebred dogs, they accept all mixes from all destinations.
“It is a real misconception that only purebred dogs can compete in American Kennel Club events. Mixed-breed dogs can compete in a number of AKC events, including agility, cat fast, barn hunt, rally obedience, so there are plenty of opportunities for mixed-breed dogs to participate,” Lewis said.
Many handlers say that their dogs not only enjoy the competition, but that they also get something out of it.
“It keeps me active, you know? …all the dogs I have love it. They love to go out and run. And my older guy, who is 13, he doesn’t run anymore, but he doesn’t mind coming over because he gets food,” said Evelyn Criswell, a Southern California resident who traveled to Ferndale for the show.
The show invites the public to come watch but asks you to leave your dog at home if he’s not competing.