National Dog Show
November 25, 2010 by USA Post
National Dog Show, The show is far more than retrospective and competition: It’s a dog-palooza that attracts doggies 2000 high of more than 150 breeds, divided on the extent of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, in Central Montgomery County.
Competitors are some of the absolute best dogs in the country, show chairman Bill Burland said.
One of them: a Welsh terrier named Aria, is “quiet and gentle and affectionate and intelligent,” according to its owner, Cathy Franois, who came here from Virginia. Aria, with thick mustaches and soulful eyes characteristic of Welsh, won best of breed.
“The dog’s first and second winners,” said Francis of Aria. “I’m so happy.”
At the fair, which ends Sunday, the dogs and their owners compete for prizes including the first in the group and the most coveted show. In some categories, the prize money can reach, oh, five dollars. Or less. The winners will share the top floor and 20,000, with 6,000 and what that looks best in dog show.
Suffice it to say that people were not there Saturday dog for the money.
Chris Reid, Denver, NC, arrived at 3 am to take part, helping to lead tours.
She and she husband 13 dogs. Cairn Terriers are eight – think Toto in The Wizard of Oz – which helped explain his desire to be in the national exhibition “This is the hub of cairn terrier Kingdom,” she said.
If you want to face the competition high, “she said, going to Philadelphia. If you want to win, go to Alaska.
It would be difficult to imagine a friendly, happier event, especially if you like the wet nose and does not mind being sniffed.
Neil Cassel, Dresher, put a big sign inviting people to his pet dog, Gunther, a Cesky Terrier breed rare. He even wrote to the proper pronunciation so that children could learn: Chess-Key.
“Pleasure is the opportunity to meet people in and out of the race,” said Cassel. “And you get people to see your dogs.”
That does not mean that it is not competitive. If you have a greyhound whose tail can not hip, or has a chest that is not depressed, so you might want to stay home.
Tom Schirf greyhound, a sleek speed machine named Rory, at the same time – which allowed claim best of breed Saturday.
“It is the best exercise equipment I’ve ever purchased. We go out two or three miles every day,” said Schirf, of Latrobe, Pa. “They are so affectionate.”
All dogs are judged on written standards of perfection. Owners who enter their dogs primarily seek advice from a judge – and he may not be the same as theirs. With such tough competition, not every dog can have his day.
Some have lost because of small imperfections. Others had owners who were not qualified to polish and fluff with the best. Dogs do not seem to mind. After all, to err is human, to forgive, canine.
The National Dog Show Kennel Club consists of two tiers of Philadelphia, all breed shows. They are sanctioned by the American Kennel Club and help raise funds for the school of the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Medicine.
In a “bench” show, dogs must remain on the benches are not affected when competitors. On Saturday, Cathy Keefer Meier Bryn Mawr was with her collie, Danny’s Bench Row 14.
He did not win, and Meier thought it might be due a bit of free time: Chase few ducks. Flock of sheep. Sire some pups.
Danny is called a smooth collie, as opposed to the Rough Collie, familiar TV shows like Lassie. Short hair, but the provision itself warm. “All the love, half the work,” said Meier.
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