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Ladies Dog Club Centennial Celebration – By Julie Luther and Kathi Brown

Ladies Dog Club held it’s back-to-back Centennial shows with the sun shining on May 31 and June 1, 2014. Founded in 1914, it is one of the oldest dog clubs in the United States. With white tents and red pendants fluttering in the breeze, all club members, as well as many exhibitors sported red and white, the club colors.

The weekend started on Friday with Specialty shows for Boxers, Bull Terriers, Golden Retrievers, Irish Setters, Miniature Bull Terriers, Poodles, Scottish Terriers, and Shetland Sheepdogs. Many more breeds had supported entries throughout the weekend, including Airedales, Fox Terriers, Old English Sheepdogs, Bearded Collies, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Gordon setters, Siberian Huskies, Glen of Imaals, Boston Terriers, Lhasa Apsos, and Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Four additional Specialties are expected in 2015. Entries continued to climb for another year. Ladies’ Dog Club continues to be the show weekend to enjoy dogs and to find majors.

Specially made for the occasion, Ladies pins were handed out to every participant. Also designed by club members just for the occasion and available for purchase, were silk scarves for the ladies and neckties for the gentlemen, covered with many breeds of dogs.

Besides all the wonderful vendors there was an archival display with lists of all the members of the club throughout its history as well as many fabulous photos from the past and books filled with even more photos and memorabilia. There was also a Doggie Fun Zone, an obstacle course, in which any dog, regardless of pedigree, could participate. A bake sale for Bake the Lead ran throughout the weekend thanks to Maribeth O’Neill, Terri Hundt, and member Pam Beale. LDC President Judi Johnson and member Julie Seeley were dressed in historical costumes, setting the mood for the occasion.

Several white umbrella topped tables with red tablecloths were scattered about the show grounds, providing a place to sit and enjoy the activities all around. No detail was too small, from beautiful red and white floral arrangements everywhere, to the red buckets holding the armband elastics ringside. The judges and workers enjoyed a light breakfast of coffee, tea, fruit and pastries and a scrumptious buffet lunch on red and white checked gingham tablecloths. A huge cake and strawberries dipped in chocolate were available for everyone outside the ring during group judging.

Ladies’ President, Judi Johnson, presented a special award to member and Show Chairman Kathi Brown, for all her hard work and dedication to the club, following the Terrier Group.

The Governor of Massachusetts sent a special proclamation citing the 100 years of history and charitable contributions to the Commonwealth that was presented by the State Senator and Local Representative just prior to Best in Show.

Saturday’s Best In Show win went to the Gordon Setter, BISS GCH Sandpiper’s Castles In The Air and Reserve Best In Show was the Colored Bull Terrier, GCH Banbury Bedrock Bright Star Bright.

On Sunday, Best In Show went to the Affenpinscher, GCH Yarrow’s High –Tech Ben There Done That. Reserve Best In Show awarded to the Gordon Setter, who was BIS the day before.

Many comments were heard about what a great show it was, like those of days gone by. We’ve set the bar high and will continue to do so in the future.

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  • Kathy Brosnan June 15, 2014 at 5:00 AM

    A great venue with attention to keeping exhibitors and their dogs safe and comfortable. Ladies did it once again, a great weekend for the dogs ! Thanks to Kathie Brown and the rest of the show committee for another year of great people , great dogs and great venue. See you next year !

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