As you know by now from reading previous blogs of mine, dog shows are rare in Utah. In fact, there are only three shows a year. In hopes of increasing entries and helping make these shows a bit more popular year by year, I want to talk to you about how great they are.

Honestly, there’s nothing like a dog show in Utah. The faces you see here literally come from all over! Our devoted clubs never fail to arrange for a great panel of judges, activities and most importantly great dogs!

Unfortunately, I missed one of this year’s shows while I was attending one in Thailand, but this coming weekend I will be watching, exhibiting and photographing two days of the three-day show in Logan.

This is how the weekend will play out…

On Friday, the ever-so-welcome Alaskan Malamute Club of America will hold not one, but two, specialties during the day which will include everything from conformation classes to junior showmanship, and what will certainly will be a great time with great dogs.

Friday begins with the first of three days of agility trials put on by the Pocatello Kennel Club Inc. The club will also offer all-breed obedience and rally trials on Saturday and Sunday. The great thing about these events is they’re held outdoors, in what’s expected to be quite nice weather. Plus, the grounds offer lots of shade!

On Saturday and Sunday, the main attraction for most fanciers and spectators will be the Mount Ogden Kennel Club’s two-day all-breed conformation shows. This club has been my family’s club for many years now, and every single member does the best he or she can to help out in any way possible. Two additional events happening over the weekend are an AKC Sanction B Conformation All Breed Puppy Match Saturday night following Best in Show, and each day the Best Junior Handler competition will be held in the Group ring. Now, I remember having this same setup back when I was competing in juniors, and it makes the competition a bit more exciting. The whole crowd cheers for each handler, and it really puts a smile on everyone’s face!

If you ask me, this is definitely a show to put on your “list” for upcoming years. If you happen to be one of those faces from all over this weekend in Logan, make sure to find yours truly and say “hello.”

P.S. Dogs Freakin’ Rule!