Many kennel clubs go to great lengths to offer something extra to exhibitors who come to their dog shows. Here we look at the health clinics, fun matches and more offered at the shows that close next Wednesday.


The Santa Ana Valley KC celebrates 61 years of shows on Sept. 22 and 23 at their events in Cerritos, Calif., at Richard Gahr High School. The club will offer free heart health screenings courtesy of the University of California – Irvine Department of Cardiology. Also in attendance at the shows will be David Klang of “Scan in a Van,” who provides mobile ultrasound services, including echocardiograms for OFA. He’ll scan dogs for a “reasonable fee” and will also be available to answer questions about canine heart health.

The club will also collect new or used towels, blankets and dog beds during the show, which they’ll donate to local nonprofit animal rescue groups. What a great way to make friends with the people who devote their time to rescuing dogs! SAVKC will raffle off a gift basket, with proceeds to benefit the rescue groups as well, and everyone with a donation will receive a free raffle ticket for each item they bring. Cerritos is about 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

In Northern California, less than an hour up from Sacramento, the Two Cities Kennel Club hosts two shows at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds on Sept. 22 and 23, with obedience and rally on Sunday offering classes for “All-American”/mixed breed dogs along with the usual purebreds. On Saturday Borzoi have a supported entry and sweepstakes, and Pugs a supported entry. CGC testing will be offered both days from 10 a.m. to 4 .m. The club also offers free day-of-show parking.

Individual clubs can decide whether to allow “All-American” dogs, mixed breeds signed up with AKC Canine Partners, to participate in their obedience, agility and rally trials. Photo

Two Cities also hosts a “Fun Fun Match” on Saturday after Best in Show, with “internationally unknown” judges, giving both dogs and handlers a chance to get ring experience. Saturday and Sunday at a tattoo clinic on the show grounds, permanent IDs will be just $5 per dog, and the eye clinic on Sunday offers exams for $25 per dog. The International Canine Semen Bank–Grass Valley will have its mobile lab on site for canine semen evaluation and freezing.

The Fall Roundup Cluster includes four shows in Helena, Mont., hosted by the Gallatin Dog Club and the Helena Montana Kennel Club, Sept. 20 to 23. Four obedience trials and four rally trials are also included. A CERF eye clinic and an OFA cardiac screening clinic will be held on Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The cluster also offers its Annual Quilt Raffle, with a dog-themed quilt and other items to be raffled off Sunday morning. The HMKC offers cash prizes at both of its shows, with $50 for Group Firsts and $100 for Best in Show. The shows will be at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds in Helena.


The Volusia County Fairgrounds will be the site for back-to-back shows hosted by the West Volusia KC Sept. 22 and 23. The preceding Friday there will be shows for the Central Florida Working Group Association, the Sunshine State Herding Group Association, the South Atlantic Cocker Club and the Mid-Florida Dalmatian Club. Special attractions for the weekend include judging for the AKC Owner-Handler Series on Saturday and a Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show competition on Sunday.

WVKC will also hold a B match on Friday evening, a heart clinic on Saturday and its second annual “Dinner in the Rings” on Saturday evening from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 and include a barbecue dinner, music and, no doubt, lots of fun. The club also holds a 50/50 raffle and a “Silent Auction of Leashes” during the weekend, with all proceeds going to Take the Lead.

On the Thursday preceding the WVKC shows, a golf tournament at the Victoria Hills Golf Club in Deland will be played in memory of Michael Suave.

In Connecticut, two clubs hold stand-alone events closing on Sept. 5. Saturday, the Ox Ridge KC show will take place at the Indian Well State Park in Shelton, Conn. The show will have supported entries for English Setters, Alaskan Malamutes, Portuguese Water Dogs, Cairn Terriers and Poodles, a Best Puppy in Show competition, and two obedience and two rally trials that will include mixed breeds.

Like many clubs, Ox Ridge offers a new exhibitor briefing and guided show tours during the day of the show.

On Sunday in Goshen, Conn., the Northwestern Connecticut Dog Club holds its show at the Goshen Agricultural Fairgrounds, with the Border Terrier Club of America supporting its breed’s entry. Obedience and rally trials accompany the all-breed show and will include mixed breeds. A portion of the proceeds from the shows “will be used for public education, donated to dog-related organizations and the NCDC Scholarship Fund.”

In a note in the premium list, NCDC club president Tim Acker welcomes exhibitors “once again to the beautiful hilltop in Goshen,” and goes on to say, “In a time of inevitable homogenization in our sport, we have chosen to continue the tradition of the regional, outdoor dog show. We hope to maintain an individual character and offer families and the people of our area that unique opportunity to see a magnificent assortment of purebred dogs. … The members of the NCDC firmly believe that shows such as ours are an essential part in the effort to preserve the long AKC tradition of excellence and competition.” No health clinics, CGC testing or other extras are listed in the show’s premium list.


St. Bernards have lots of opportunities for wins for seven full days, Sunday, Sept. 23, through Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Homestead Resort in Midway, Utah. All shows close Sept. 5.

Sunday, Sept. 23, the Northern Colorado St. Bernard Club holds regional specialty number one, with an agility trial and, later that evening, a weight pull. Monday, the Northern Colorado SBC, Orange Coast SB Fanciers and St. Bernard Club of Southern California host regional specialty number two with obedience and rally trials, and another weight pull that evening. Tuesday, the Orange Coast club hosts the third regional, with obedience and rally trials, and Wednesday, SB Club of Southern California hosts the fourth regional, with a draft test in the morning, a “Puppy Showdown” in the afternoon, and a seminar, “Breeding for a Healthy Saint,” in the evening.

The National Specialty then starts on Thursday with the sweepstakes, regular and non-regular dog classes, plus another weight pull. Friday will find all of the bitch and brace classes, plus Junior Showmanship, and Friday will be Best of Breed. Judges’ education, of course, takes place during the National. The St. Bernard Club of America and the local clubs have set up a terrific lineup of shows for their breed.

The American Chesapeake Club National Specialty, will be held in San Antonio, Texas, Sept. 19 through 23. The ACC is offering 4-to-6 Month Puppy classes this year, as well as obedience and rally. The ACC National Field Trial Specialty will be held Sept. 11 to 13 in Cascade, Idaho.

The U.S. Neapolitan Mastiff Club holds its National Specialty Sept. 21 to 23 in conjunction with the Spirit of the Heartland KC, St. Louis Dog Breeders Association and the Jefferson County KC of Missouri. Held at Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Mo., the judge this year will be well-known FCI judge Andrea Spiriev of Fruit d’Amour Mastino Napoletano in Hungary.

The Finnish Spitz National will also be held at Purina Farms beginning on Sept. 20, as will the English Springer Spaniel National, from Sept. 22 to 29. Among the other National Specialties that close Sept. 5 are the Sussex Spaniel National on Sept. 21, in Prospect, Pa., held prior to the Butler County KC shows; the 81st National Specialty of the Samoyed Club of America, Sept. 25 to 29 in Gettysburg, Pa.; and the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever National, Sept. 27 to 28 in Albany, Ore.