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A Very Long Weekend of Shows

Sandia Peak Tramway, Albuquerque, NM

Our dog show “weekend” started today in Perry, GA, and will conclude next Tuesday in Albuquerque, NM. Today’s Columbus Kennel Club is the first of four slated for the Crossroads of Georgia Cluster in Perry. Tomorrow’s Southeast Alabama Kennel Club show will be followed by the Macon Kennel Club’s shows on Saturday & Sunday. Tuesday’s show in Albuquerque will be the closer for the High Desert Cluster’s four-day set hosted by the Rio Grande Kennel Club & the Coronado Kennel Club of New Mexico.

Northeastern fanciers will choose between two three-day weekends (you can’t really call them clusters) following the model found only in that region, the split venue. Exhibitors can spend Friday & Saturday in North Stonington, CT, then pack up and travel to Woodstock, CT, for Sunday with the Windham County Kennel Club, or they can visit the Chester Valley Kennel Club’s Friday & Saturday shows in Ludwigs Corner, PA, then pack up and travel to Lebanon, PA, for Sunday’s Lancaster Kennel Club show.

Great Lakes residents can choose among a quartet of traditional two-day weekend offerings: the Ravenna Kennel Club show in Tallmadge, OH, the Midland Michigan Kennel Club shows in Midland, MI, the Scott County Kennel Club shows in Rock Island, IL, and the Indianhead Kennel Club show in Eau Claire, WI. We also have Saturday-Sunday events for Great Plains fanciers in Topeka, KS, courtesy of the Sunflower Kennel Club of Olath and with the hometown Denton Kennel Club in that Texas town.

We have a full contingent of West Coat shows this week. In Southern California, it’s the Apple Valley Kennel Club in Victorville. In Northern California, it’s the Camellia Capital Kennel Club & the Santa Cruz Kennel Club in Woodland, CA, and in Klamath Falls, OR, it’s the hometown Klamath Falls Kennel Club.

That’s 32 chances in six days to see an AKC dog show. Do it. You will be glad you did. And that’s today’s Back Story.

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Billy Wheeler has been attending dog shows as a spectator and exhibitor for over 40 years. Billy is the man behind the popular Dog Show Poop. He is a retired management consultant who has advised multiple organizations affiliated with the AKC and the Cat Fanciers Association on business management, long range planning, customer service, and legislative matters. After 25 years of living in the big cities of New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, he now resides in his hometown of Memphis TN with his wife, Brenda, her Toy Poodle and his Cairn, Scottie, & IG. When he is not blogging, Billy can be found in the kitchen cooking, and listening to opera.