More than 300 dogs and their owners were in the spotlight at the Tantramar Kennel Club show on Saturday.
AMHERST – For more than 60 years the Tantramar Kennel Club has been hosting dog lovers from across the region at its annual spring show.
More than 300 dogs and their owners called the Amherst Stadium home on Saturday and Sunday at the kennel club show that saw the dogs compete in conformation, obedience and rally obedience categories.
For some participants, it means traveling from show to show around the Maritimes, while others will go to Quebec, Ontario and beyond to compete.
“It can be a very expensive sport, but you really develop a passion for it,” Jean Stickles said. “For us, we’re retired so it’s something we can do together.”
Stickles’ husband, Dale, said they breeded Shih Tzus for several years before moving over to Cairn Terriers.
Known as one of the oldest terrier breeds, the Cairn Terriers originated in the Scottish Highlands and were considered working dogs. Stickles said they have become great show dogs.
From Fredericton, the Stickles will travel as far as Thousand Islands, Ont. with Tiffany and Blue and attend 40 shows before November.
Sean Durnnian of Truro has been showing dogs for six years. The Cobequid Educational Centre student got into the sport through his mother Carolyn, who had been showing dogs most of her life.
“It takes a lot of work getting the dog ready for each show,” said Sean, who’s Siberian Huskie, picked up a ribbon in one of the competitions on Saturday. “You spend a lot of time working with dog and getting him ready.”
Carolyn said they will be attending shows almost every weekend through May and June including major shows in Moncton and Dartmouth.
The dog show also featured teachers and pupils like Christine Graham, who runs a training school in East Chezzetcook, and her student Courtney VanHouten.
Both ran their dogs through an obedience course in which they had to give their dogs various commands and lead them over an obstacle.
Chantal Cormier traveled from the Gaspe, Que. with Daxx, her Bull Mastiff.
“I’ve been coming to Amherst off and on for 15 years or so,” she said. “It’s a really good show and it’s a chance to get reacquainted with others who love their dogs and who are as crazy as I am and take their dogs to shows all over the place.”
Following are results from the show:
Full results are available at www.canuckdogs.com .
Show 1 (Saturday)
Best in Show: Shetland Sheepdog, Ch Truespirt Brown Sugar Spencer
Best Puppy in Show: Lagotto Romagnolo, Elias del Fiume
Show 2 (Saturday)
Best in Show: Bull Mastiff Ch Beowolf Running for Glory
Best Puppy in Show: Beagle TG Cheesecake Factory
Show 3 (Sunday)
Best in Show: Standard Poodle – Ch Vetset A League of Her Own
Best Puppy in Show: English Setter – Lizabethan’s Summer Nite Dream
Show 4 (Sunday)
Best in Show: Wire Fox Terrier – Ch Dragonfox Just Do It
Best Puppy in Show: Havanese – Ch Rockhurst Rockabilly
High In Trial: Rottweiler – Ch Stonerose Rushing the Limits
High In Trial: Golden Retriever – Ch OTCh Glenmor Elysian Stealun D Show