Dog days of summer arrive early at Amherst Stadium

Dave Mathieson
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Tantramar Dog show Saturday, Sunday at Amherst Stadium

Time to buck up buddy. Spencer has been a little camera shy in the lead up to the Tantramar Kennel Club Dog Show but is expected to get his act together when he's put in the spotlight Saturday and Sunday at Amherst Stadium. The one-year-old French Bulldog will take part in the show, while Tantramar Kennel Club president, Judy Richard, and four-year-old Bull Mastiff, Pierce, will make sure the dog show runs smoothly. Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News

AMHERST - Hundreds of purebred dogs will gather at Amherst Stadium this weekend to see who has the most beauty, brains, obedience, and to see who's the cutest.

"There's 67 breeds represented," said Judy Richard, Tantramar Kennel Club president. "There will be common breeds like the labs, to rare breeds like the Chinese Crested and the Swedish Valhund."

The Tantramar Kennel Club Dog Show has been held in Amherst Since the 1940's.

Dogs and their handlers will arrive from throughout the Maritimes, Canada, and the U.S. to compete in three categories - confirmation, obedience, and obedience rally.

There are two shows on Saturday and two on Sunday.

"There are 160 to 170 dogs entered per-show in confirmation, then you have 25 or so in obedience and rally, so there's about 200 dogs in each show," said Richard.

The weekend is an opportunity for the public to learn about different breeds of dogs.

"If you're on the fence with regards to getting a pet for the family, you can come to the dog show and have a peek at everybody's dog and talk to the breeders," said Richard.

There will also lots of vendors.

"There's everything from scissors being sharpened to leashes, collars, dog beds and, also, maple syrup products," said Richard.

Amherst Stadium opens at 7 a.m., judging begins Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m., and runs until 5 p.m.

Kids get in free if accompanied by a parent.




Organizations: Tantramar Kennel Club

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium, Canada, U.S.

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Recent comments

  • In My Back Yard....L Haley
    May 19, 2012 - 23:50

    We know it's the start of summer when we hear the familiar sound of many dogs in our back yard......EVERY YEAR. Don't get me wrong, I adore dogs and all animals. I know it's just 3 days of the year that we endure a little havoc with campers and dogs. Living next to the stadium, for many years, you get used to it. It was a nice break the year the stadium was not available due to the reconstruction that was under way. That year the dog show was over in Sackville. I speak on this issue now because, this year driving down Church St. at night, a neighboring dog bolted out across the road after being over to see the many barks and smells on the other side of the street. Unfortunately, I did not brake in time and hit the dog. He continued running, out of my sight. I spoke to the owner and at that point they were not sure of the extent of injuries he may have received. I apologized with tears in my eyes. I'll never forget that poor dog that only wanted to see what all the commotion was across the road. I wish the Town could come good for the vet bill that these people have to pay. I hope Most people realize that when a dog wants to run away to join the party of 30 other dogs, there's not much you can do about it. OH! any body want to know what time of morning they all start barking? .......before 7am.

    • Joe Smith
      May 25, 2012 - 09:23

      "I wish the Town could come good for the vet bill that these people have to pay." Did the "town" hit the dog or did you? " I hope Most people realize that when a dog wants to run away to join the party of 30 other dogs, there's not much you can do about it." They make these things called a "leash". It's the dog owners responsibility to control thier dog! WOW!

  • dog
    May 19, 2012 - 16:57

    you know everything out in public outside isnt sanitary, dogs bottom on there could be cleaner then what other stuff could of been on it

  • How Sanitary.
    May 18, 2012 - 09:33

    Just wondering what little child gets to sit down at this picnic table, and eat an ice cream after this dog has his bottom drug all over it. Grosse!!!!!!!!!!

    • are you serious?
      May 18, 2012 - 11:13

      It's a public picnic table. It wasn't any more sanitary before those beautiful dogs sat on it. Good luck to Spencer and Pierce!