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Pampered and primped pooches on parade

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on March 8, 2012 at 6:12 am with No Comments »
March 1, 2012 7:45 pm

Tongues will wag along with tails this weekend at the 74th Annual Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show at CenturyLink Field Event Center March 10-11.

The show comprises 154 breeds and 1887 dogs competing daily. The long-running event combines American Kennel Club events with a special exhibitions. In recent years it has drawn 10,000 paid admissions, according to organizers.

Judges from across the U.S. and beyond will officiate. You’ll be able to see seven dogs from Washington State that were breed winners at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

From the press release:

Along with Conformation, Obedience, Rally, Junior Showmanship and Agility competitions, you will find herding, fly-ball, dancing dogs, police dogs, explosive-detection dogs, K-9 Nose Works and Reading with Rover demonstrations. A “Meet the Breed” feature will showcase dogs presented by knowledgeable members of local breed clubs, who will discuss each breed’s structure, temperament, exercise requirements, size and other needs, then answer questions.

More than 60 vendors with thousands of canine products on sale will be on hand. Plus, you’ll find several dozen booths dedicated to dog training, breed rescue and animal control.

Guided show tours will be conducted hourly from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. both days by a club member, who will explain the intricacies of an all-breed dog show and answer questions. Tour sign-ups will be done at the Seattle Kennel Club booth near the front doors.

Show hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. Admission is $10 for adults; children under 4, free; seniors and children 4-14, $5. Info: www.seattlekennelclub.org.

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