Way back in 2001, I was fortunate that a friend invited me to go with her to Pat Craige Trotter’s “Breed to Succeed” seminar, sponsored by the Lone Star Airedale Terrier Club and held in Dallas. Pat gave these two-day seminars quite often around the country in those days, and it was one of the best dog educational experiences I’ve ever had. Unfortunately she stopped doing them some time ago, I think because she stays so busy judging and trying to have a life. However, I discovered that she is doing at least an abbreviated version on Friday evening, April 19, 2013, in conjunction with the North Arkansas Spring Fling, which, along with her presentation, includes the North Arkansas Kennel Club’s two all-breed shows. I’m here to tell you that if you live within reasonable driving distance of Harrison, Ark., and you’re available that evening, you should go to this seminar. It will be about the best $40 you’ve ever spent as far as learning all sorts of things about dogs. (The fee is just $30 for club members.)

Pat and her husband, Chuck, are of course on the panel at the two shows. The weekend also includes free coffee and donuts each morning, “treats” during Group judging both days as the club’s way of thanking exhibitors for coming, a B match on Saturday and an eye clinic.

Moving west, Lewiston, Idaho, is the site each year in April for the Dogwood Festival, which lasts all month and includes a big art show at the Lewis-Clark State College campus, plus a concert, children’s art show, family fun fair, beer and wine tasting, basketball tournament, the Seaport River Run, a car, truck, bike and trike show, and lots more. The Lewiston Spring Cluster of dog shows takes place Friday, April 19 through Monday, April 22, and it is billed as one of the events of the Dogwood Festival, which means the show gets lots of publicity and exposure. I found this a clever way to present the dog show as part of other community events.

The cluster is hosted by the Palouse Hills Dog Fanciers and the Lewis-Clark Kennel Club, each of which includes obedience and rally with their shows, held outdoors at the Nez Perce County Fairgrounds. The cluster includes Best Puppy and Best Bred-by competition, and the Professional Handlers Association will hold a handling seminar for juniors and adults on Friday after Best in Show. Palouse Hills also hosts a B match on Saturday evening.

Chief Solano KC is having its back-to-back all-breed shows that weekend as well, in Vallejo, Calif., with Best Puppy, Best Bred-by, a B match on Saturday, supported entries and specialty shows, CGC testing and more… but most important the club will have “new and next to new equipment, kennels, gates and miscellaneous items” for sale during the weekend, and all funds raised go to Take the Lead.

Also in the great state of California, the Angeles Canyon and Burbank Kennel Clubs have teamed up for what is now the four-day Springtime at City of Industry event, held about 20 miles due east of Los Angeles from Thursday, April 18 through Sunday, April 21. Cash prizes are offered for Best Puppy in Show and Puppy Groups on Thursday and the same for Bred-by-Exhibitor competition on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, Burbank KC invites everyone to wear black and white, which may not seem like much of an idea, but people seem to really enjoy having an opportunity to plan a special outfit. Everyone who wears black and white, and whose dog earns a championship or grand championship at these shows, will receive a black and white rosette.

At the Cardinal Cluster in Columbus, Ohio, April 20 and 21, the AKC Registered Handlers program and the Medina Kennel Club are offering “An Afternoon with the Professionals,” where current and future juniors, with their dogs, can get individual instruction from current and former handlers. This is such a great way to support the sport’s young people.

As always, we’re happy to report on anything interesting your clubs have going on at upcoming shows. Just email me at christibisd@gmail.com.