Dog show

Valley woman and her dog win obedience contest at local dog show

The Skyline Kennel Club held an all-breed dog show Saturday morning at the Augusta Expo Event Center.

FISHERSVILLE, Va. (WHSV) — The Skyline Kennel Club held an all-breed dog show Saturday morning at the Augusta Expo Event Center.

Skyline Kennel Club is a member of the American Kennel Club. Today the dogs were competing for a place at the Westminster Dog Show at the end of June.

A valley woman and her pup had a good “doggone” day at the show on Sunday.

“It’s a big problem in the obedience community. It’s a competitive title. You have to earn points by placing and beating other dogs. You must earn 100 points. You have to have three wins under three different judges, and we finally finished all of that,” Linda Montgomery said.

Sunday’s trophies for Montgomery and her pup Ember earned them an invitation to the national obedience championship in July.

“They’re still dogs, so to perform at such a high level consistently is a pretty incredible feat,” Montgomery said.

Ember is a six-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer. Montgomery raised Ember herself.

The obedience trial includes hand signal exercises, identification of scented items, stand for examination and retrieval.

Dog owners come from all over the state to compete, but Montgomery lives in the Valley, which makes today’s victory extra special.

“I know almost everyone here, so it’s very special to finish ahead of friends,” Montgomery said.

After 6 years of training and competing, Sunday’s wins still don’t seem real according to Montgomery.

“I’m not sure it’s fully understood yet,” Montgomery said.

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