OK, there’s no excuse not to go to a dog show this weekend. The weather should be nice, there are no holidays to require you to be at your obnoxious cousin Fred’s house, and there are shows in every region of the US. In fact this will be the busiest show weekend yet this year, with 35 shows in 14 different locales.
We’ll start on the east coast, in New England, where the Springfield, Pioneer Valley, and South Windsor Kennel Clubs will pool resources to host three shows in West Springfield MA starting Friday. Continuing down to the Mid Atlantic we have the Cherry Blossom Cluster in Timonium MD. Long before assuming the fey name, this weekend was a major date for the fancy. Kicking off on Saturday with the venerable Old Dominion Kennel Club of Northern Virginia, the weekend continues on Sunday with the Baltimore Kennel Club, and closes Monday with the Catoctin Kennel Club hosting. With nearly 2,400 dogs entered on Saturday, this will be one of the largest weekends this year.
Also in Region Two, are traditional Saturday/Sunday fare in Aiken SC and Zolfo Springs FL, courtesy of the Columbia KC & the Heartland Dog Club of Florida respectively. In Region Three, the Central Ohio & Licking River Kennel Clubs will field a pair of shows in Columbus OH.
Folks in the heartland will have three different venues to choose from. Head to Terre Haute IN for four shows starting Thursday, with the Bloomington and Terre Haute KC’s joing forces. Or remember Napoleon at the Waterloo KC’s double header in Waterloo IA. The Fond Du Lac County KC will also field a pair in Fond Du Lac WI.
Region Five will be busy as a bee with three sites to visit. Appropriately there are two shows in Beeville TX with the Bee-Tex Kennel Club taking charge. Harrison AR is the location for the North Arkansas Kennel Clubs two shows. If you have the time, and no fear of alligators, head to Boisser City LA where the Shreveport & D’Arbonne Kennel Clubs will stage a quartet of shows starting Friday.
Region Six will also have a foursome of shows in Lewiston ID choreographed by the Lewis & Clark KC and the Palouse Hills Dog Fanciers. Bay area residents can head to Vallejo CA for the Chief Solano KC’s two shows. The lone Region Seven offering will be in City of Industry (It’s all LA) CA with the Angeles Canyon Dog Club taking charge.
Come on, gas is cheap. You might even see a Portuguese Water Dog.