The Amherst Stadium will be home to several hundred pouncing and bouncing dogs over the weekend.
AMHERST – Pouncing and bouncing bundles of joy will compete this weekend at Amherst Stadium.
“There will be 300 dogs at Amherst Stadium over the two days,” said Judi Richards, president of the Trantramar Kennel Club.
The Tantramar Kennel Club has been hosting the show since the late 40’s, but this year’s show has something new.
“The Nova Scotia Provincial Junior Handling competition will be Saturday,” said Richards.
Winners of the provincials go on to the Canadian championships, and the winners of the Canadians go on to represent Canada in Crufts, England at the world’s largest dog show.
The Junior Handling Provincial finals are Saturday, one half hour after the afternoon Best in Show, competition.
As in past years, the Tantramar show features two categories of competition. Confirmation tests a dog’s beauty, and Obedience tests a dogs brains.
Thirteen-month-old female French bulldog, Freyja, will be tested for beauty.
Freyja’s owner, Sharon Strong, says she is very fun-loving.
“She has a typical bulldog personality,” said Strong. “French bulldogs can be a very good family dog.”
Five-and-a-half-year-old beagle, DiNero, will compete in the obedience division.
Sherry Rector says DiNero used to be a little overactive but she took him to obedience class and says the training helped a great deal.
“He’s very friendly,” said Rector. “He’s terrific with kids and he’s good for an active family.”
She also says beagles like to roam.
“We taught him not to roam so much when we take him in the woods,” she said with a laugh.
The obedience competition starts at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Confirmation begins at 8 a.m. both days and runs until 5 p.m.
Classes of dogs judged in confirmation include terriers, sporting, working, hounds, herding, toys, and non-sporting.