Top dogs to strut their stuff

Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST - Strutting their stuff for doggy supremacy, 350 dogs will enter the Tantramar Kennel Club Dog Show this weekend at Amherst Stadium.
Dogs of all different shapes, sizes and breeds will be judged on obedience and conformation.
"Obedience is brains and conformation is beauty," said Judy Richards, president of the Tantramar Kennel Club.
The show has been staged in Amherst since the 1940s.
"It's usually staged over three days but because of the tough economic times, we're doing it over two days this year," said Richards.
Dog lovers throughout the Maritimes, the northeastern U.S. and Ontario will compete.
"Sometimes you get people from western Canada who book their vacations around dog shows so it's not uncommon to get people from out there as well," added Richards, whose dog, a Bassett Hound named Mooney, has won four titles and will be trying for a fifth at the show.
"I got him a-year-and-a-half ago," she said. "Because a Bassett Hound can sometimes be a little difficult to train, it's unheard of for such a young Bassett Hound to win four titles at such a young age."
About 80 different breeds of dogs will be represented at the show. With so many different breeds, people can come out and see if a particular breed is suited to their needs.
"Most of the dogs here are owner handled, so they could tell you where to buy a dog and what to look for in terms of health and trainability," said Richards.
Amherst Stadium will open Saturday and Sunday at 7 a.m. Judging begins at 8 a.m., and will continue until about 6 p.m.

Organizations: Tantramar Kennel Club

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

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