Closing dates for shows in 13 U.S. states arrive next Wednesday, with the first two shows of the June Idaho circuit closing on Thursday. For the first time ever I’ve found this announcement on a premium list, the one for the back-to-back Flagstaff KC shows June 8 and 9, 2013, in Arizona:


It’s my personal opinion that superintendents should allow exhibitors to continue to receive printed copies of premium lists, on request, for those who are not regularly on a computer – and yes, those people do still exist! I’d be interested to know what our readers think in this regard.

But back to the good news. The now infamous Woofstock Cluster is among the shows closing next week, billed as “Four Days of Peace, Music and Dogs!” Surely by now there are very few people, if any, in the dog world who’ve not heard about the love, peace and dog fest hosted by the Lake County and Contra Costa County Kennel Clubs in Northern California at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo each summer.

There are countless specialty shows and supported entries taking place over this four-day weekend, June 6-9. There will be a costume contest on Saturday where show organizers encourage exhibitors to “Release Your Inner Hippie,” and participants enthusiastically comply. Many exhibitors and handlers now begin planning their Woofstock outfits months in advance. And many people now make these shows must-attend, simply for the fun, camaraderie and the relaxation they feel at Woofstock.

Exhibitors, handlers and judges take part in the costume competition at the Woodstock “Peace, Music and Dogs” festival each year in June. Photo courtesy of Woofstock.

There will be a free outdoor concert on Saturday with the Loose Blues Band, as well as a barbecue dinner for exhibitors for just $15 per person. All during the cluster, local restaurants will offer exhibitors a 10 percent discount if they take the appropriate page from the premium list. Now that’s a nice way to let dog show people know you’re glad they came!

There’s more going on during these shows besides all the tie-dye fun. Beardies, Irish Setters, Manchesters, Poms, Bulldogs, Dalmatians and Bouviers will take part in Meet the Breeds during the shows. There will be eye, cardiology, DNA and BAER clinics, and the International Canine Semen Bank and Breeders Veterinary Services will also be on hand.

The Boca Raton KC will also have eye and cardiology clinics, as well as numerous supported entries and specialties, at its two shows that weekend, but the most important thing they’ll do during their shows is raise money for the local fire and rescue operations that will go toward purchasing animal smoke inhalation masks. The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association cites industry source estimates that 40,000 to 150,000 pets die each year in house fires, most of them from smoke inhalation. The cone-shaped pet masks, specially designed to fit the faces of animals, are hailed as “lifesaving” by experts in the field.

The Greenwich Kennel Club has several unique things going on this year. At its show on Saturday, June 8, attendees will find a “Rookie Agility” course for those who want to try the sport with their dogs; a chance to meet and talk with DAWGS, the Disaster and Wilderness Ground Search team; the K-9 Haute Couture Fashion Show with original dog designs and fashion from members of New England Fashion Design; Chic Runway Doggies, a canine fashion show for anyone whose dog wants to try its paw at modeling; and an opportunity to meet book author Matthew Phillips, who wrote “Everything but Snakes.”

The club will also host a Miscellaneous and FSS breed tent and parade, with seminars on these breeds, microchip and DNA clinics, and an International Canine Semen Bank collection clinic. There will be three specialty shows – for Vizslas, Portuguese Water Dogs and Cairns – during the show, along with supported entries in 15 breeds.

GKC is one of very few clubs that hold a single-day show, but this club has also held very successful Meet the Breeds events the past few years and in 2012 held a match at the beautiful Bruce Park in Greenwich. Its all-breed show is held at Taylor Farm Park in East Norwalk, Conn.

The Skyline KC holds back-to-back dog shows and obedience and rally trials June 8 and 9 at the Augusta Expoland in Fisherville, Va., in a fully air-conditioned facility with all rings and grooming under one roof. On Saturday before Group judging they’ll have an “ice cream social” in appreciation of exhibitors.

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