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Springhill goes to the dogs this weekend

Four-month old Guinness gets some hugs from Judi Richards, president of the Tantramar Kennel Club. The French Bulldog, owned by Sharon Strong, is entered in the three-to-six-month-old class at the Tantramar Kennel Club Dog Show this weekend in Springhill.
Four-month old Guinness gets some hugs from Judi Richards, president of the Tantramar Kennel Club. The French Bulldog, owned by Sharon Strong, is entered in the three-to-six-month-old class at the Tantramar Kennel Club Dog Show this weekend in Springhill. - Dave Mathieson

SPRINGHILL – Exhibitors love taking their dogs to the Tantramar Kennel Club Dog Show in Springhill.

“They love the area and they love the convenience. They have a restaurant, a grocery store, and a liquor store,” said Judi Richards, president of the Tantramar Kennel Club. “And they like that there’s a lot of room for RV camping and that there’s walking trails for the dogs. The exhibitors love it.”

The Tantramar Kennel Club Dog Show runs this weekend at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre for the third straight year.

Richards said the location means exhibitors can park their RV’s and don’t have to move all weekend long.

“People hate when they have their dogs there and have to drive whenever they want to go somewhere,” said Richards. “In Springhill, the Subway and Tim Hortons is within walking distance, and the canteen at the arena is really good too.”

Guinness has big ears and wants to go for a drive.
Guinness has big ears and wants to go for a drive.

Exhibitors set up on Friday, and the dog show runs Saturday and Sunday, with about 150 dogs exhibited each day.

“Each year, the Springhill show has drawn more people than the year before, so, hopefully, this year will be more popular than ever.”

The Tantramar dog show is an all-breed show, meaning every recognized dog breed in Canada is allowed to enter, but this year’s show also feature’s Samoyed’s.

“The Samoyed Club of Canada is hosting their national specialty show right after the second best in-show on Saturday. That will start around 6 p.m.,” said Richards.

Richards thanks the Springhill arena for their support.

“The people at the arena have been really good. They’ve put up posters and promoted the event really well.”

Admission to the dog show is $2 on both days, and children under 12 are admitted free if they’re accompanied an adult.

Judging starts Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. and runs all day long.

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