Hundreds of dogs converge on Amherst this weekend
© Eric Sparling – Amherst Daily News.
Judy Richards, president of the Tantramar Kennel Club, gets kisses from Nellie, a French bulldog owned by Sharon Strong, while Ago, an Alaskan Malamute, sits beside owner Natia DeMings.
AMHERST – This won’t be news to many of the area’s dog lovers: the Tantramar Kennel Club’s annual all-breed dog shows are taking place this weekend – the same weekend each year – at the Amherst Stadium.
The president of the club, Judy Richards, said the owners of the hundreds of dogs competing enjoy to having spectators attend the events, which run Saturday and Sunday, starting at 8 a.m. and running until about 6 p.m.
“Owners love to talk,” she said.
The weekend actually contains four shows. Dogs will be competing in conformation and obedience, as well as rally events. Canines will be traveling from as far as Ontario and the Eastern United States to take part. Richards said they’re expecting in excess of 50 distinct breeds at the Canadian Kennel Club-sanctioned event.
“It is an education opportunity,” said Richards.
Those with an interest in getting a puppy in the future will be exposed to a range of different dogs as well as having access to people with information about the distinct breeds. And it’s entertaining, too, said Richards.
At least one celebrity pooch will be in attendance. A sibling of the affenpinscher that won this year’s Westminster Kennel Club show – arguably North America’s most renowned dog show – will be competing.
Vendors will also have pet-related products for sale at the stadium.
The president suggested owners and handlers are best approached when they’re not ringside waiting to compete. As for touching one of the prized pets, “always ask before.”