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This Week’s Shows

People think of the Northeast and West Coast as hotbeds of dog show activity and normally they are. However, this week, fanciers will look elsewhere for their weekly show fix. There are 22 all-breed shows this week in nine different areas from Florida to Hawaii. While most are of the traditional two-day variety, there are four show clusters in two of the states.

The lone East Coast offering this week is in Hilton Head, SC, where the hometown Hilton Head Island Kennel Club will host two shows this weekend. Floridians will get a shot at a split four-show weekend starting tomorrow. The first two days, the Okaloosa Kennel Club will set up in Fort Walton Beach, after which the whole crowd will move to Pensacola for two days with the Pensacola Dog Fanciers Association.

Great Lakes residents have their pick of the Detroit (MI) Kennel Club’s two-day offering or a weekend in West Allis, WI, with the Wisconsin Kennel Club. In the Midwest, exhibitors will be at Purina Farms outside St. Louis, MO, for Saturday & Sunday with the Belle-City Kennel Club. Here in my area, the Tupelo Kennel Club will be in Verona, MS, for the weekend.

The only offering in the Great Plains states is the Faith City Kennel Club of Wichita Falls weekend in that Texas town. Scottsdale, AZ, will capitalize as the only show site for 900 miles, offering dog lovers four all-breed shows and an all-Terrier limited-breed show. The Sun Country Terrier Club show is up first tomorrow, followed by the Scottsdale Dog Fanciers Association’s two shows and the Superstition Kennel Club’s twofer. Finally, our fellow fanciers in Paradise will be enjoying the beautiful dogs in beautiful Honolulu, HI, with the Hawaiian Kennel Club.

Post Oscar weekend, you can still see the stars come out. Take in an AKC dog show. 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.
  • Rosanna April 21, 2012 at 4:57 AM

    I think it usually comes out aurond April 4-6 so you should know before any mid-May shows close. But amen to that on the crossing majors over. I am getting so sick of that, I have a bitch who is very nice, she was Best Puppy at our National last year and she currently has 12 SINGLES only. She has recently won two WB for 1 or 2 pts where there was a FIVE point major in dogs and despite the fact she is a nice bitch, and in great coat, the major was not crossed over. VERY discouraging after I had driven 5-7 hrs to have a shot at this major, both for me and for the people who didn’t get any singles because my singled-out bitch won. Frustratingly on a weekday before I arrived at the show, a bitch who was completely out of condition and has taken years to win just 3 singles DID cross over for a major when there were only 2 or 3 bitches present. There were 6 the day mine won. Where’s the justice in that? (especially since for some crazy reason they only require 5 DOGS for a major, but 9 bitches!) I really wish the award was not called best of winners but you deserve as many points as the other winner, even if you’re not quite as nice . LOLOL

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