Fall color in the Poconos

As we put the summer wardrobe away and pull out the tweeds and sweaters in anticipation of fall, we wonder where the dogs will be over the next four weeks. September can be a slow month for the sport, but if you do your homework, you can still find the points out there. Here are a few of the shows I will be looking for.

Last year the big weekend in the Northeast was canceled when North Branch Park in Bridgewater NJ was underwater. However, things look good for the Tuxedo Park Kennel Club, the Somerset Hills Kennel Club & the Westchester Kennel Club who will give us three all-breed shows there this week with entries totaling 5,000 dogs. Limited-breed shows hosted by the Big Apple Sporting Society, the Central New Jersey Hound Association & the Non-Sporting Group Club Of The Garden State will give members of those groups an opportunity for even more points on Thursday. The Evergreen Colorado Kennel Club will draw over 3,000 for its two days with an assist from limited-breed shows by the Mile High Sporting Dog Fanciers, the Rocky Mountain All Terrier Club & the Metro Mile Hi Kennel Club, an all-Toy affair, on Friday.

The following week, the Cape Cod Kennel Club & the South Shore Kennel Club four-show cluster in Falmouth MA will bring in better than 3,000 dogs. You can do as well in Pennsylvania, though you will have to change venues, with the Pocono Mountain Kennel Club’s two shows in Gilbert PA on Thursday & Friday, and Lehigh Valley Kennel Club & the Berks County Kennel Club shows on Saturday & Sunday in Macungie PA. Northern California exhibitors will only have to spend two days to see better than 3,000 dogs at the Sir Francis Drake Kennel Club’s in Vallejo CA at the top of San Francisco Bay.

Three weeks from now, the numbers will be smaller, but you can still find better than 2,500 points at the West Volusia Kennel Club’s two shows, more if you visit either the Central Florida Working Group Association or the Sunshine State Herding Group Association limited-breed shows. The Santa Ana Kennel Club’s two shows in the Southern California town of Cerritos will be a little larger, but will not have the limited-breed shows.

The month ends with the largest number of points available of September. The four shows in Romulus NY hosted by the Kanadasaga Kennel Club, the Finger Lakes Kennel Club, the Elmira Kennel Club & the Onondaga Kennel Association will draw well over 5,000 points. However, don’t overlook the Monroe Kennel Club’s two shows in its Michigan hometown, expected to draw better than 3,000 points for the two days. Terrier owners will get an extra shot at points at the Terrier Club Of Michigan’s limited-breed show warm-up.

As always, don’t ignore your local shows, even if they are smaller. The more leisurely pace will give you more opportunity to catch up with friends, or if you’re going to your first show, more time to ask questions. Friday, I will look at next month’s premier event, the Terrier Super Bowl, the Montgomery Kennel Club show. And that’s today’s Back Story.