At The Dog Show

By on 6 November, 2015 in Carole King, Pets with 0 Comments

Jingles in the Obedience Ring

As all of our traditional holiday events start cranking up, some of my favorite happenings are the bi-annual dog shows at Garrett Coliseum. This year, the events will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21-22. The Saturday show is sponsored by the local Montgomery Kennel Club, and the Cahaba Valley Kennel Club from Birmingham will host the Sunday show. If you can only attend one of the days, you’ll more than likely see the same dogs competing on each day. The shows are officially sanctioned by the American Kennel Club and will follow their nationally recognized rules and regulations, with approved professional judges specializing in the breeds they will be judging.

The shows will offer conformation and obedience competitions, with an estimated 800 to 1,000 dogs participating each day. These shows are a wonderful opportunity to observe the various levels of dog training and to connect with others interested in this fun pastime. Here’s your chance to find a school to enroll your dearly loved canine companion in a New Year’s resolution for the both of you!

The conformation part of the shows will give you an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of a sound, healthy, well-bred animal. The animals that will be showing will be some of the top ranking in the country. Each breed will be judged separately with the judge looking for the dog that best fits the AKC’s standards for that particular breed of dog. The standards include height, coat texture, coat color, tail length, and, very importantly, how the dog moves. That’s why you see the dogs being run around the ring and in an assortment of angles. The dog should move with grace and ease with the person. This is how the dog really gets “shown off” for the judge!

If the dog wins “Best in Breed,” it will move on to the next level of competition which is the Group Ring. AKC acknowledges seven groups of dogs: Sporting, Hound, Toy, Non-sporting, Working, Herding, and Terrier. One dog is chosen from each of these groups to compete for the Best in Show. So, as you can see, it is usually a day-long process!

These shows give the public an opportunity to learn about different breeds of dogs by watching these competitions. You can also visit with the exhibitors and breeders at the show. This is an especially good idea if you are thinking about acquiring a certain breed. You can see firsthand the dog you’ve been thinking about getting, get to know its personality type and maybe even get on a waiting list for a future puppy!

With the competitions come lots of fun vendors who handle “all things doggie!” There will be dog food and treat vendors, dog grooming and product vendors, dog bed vendors, dog and human clothing vendors, and tons of other creative and interesting resources to shop for your pet, yourself and holiday gifts.

For more information, check out the Montgomery Kennel Club’s website The week of the show the actual times the various breeds will be showing will be posted so you can see exactly when the breeds you’re interested in will be showing. Be warned to to wear good clothing because there’s lots of dog hair, sniffing wet noses and fur heads to be scratched, but it’s a great event for the whole family.

Carole King (not the singer, just the hummer) enjoys midtown living from South Capitol Parkway in Capitol Heights where she has lived for 25+years. Carole has been the historic properties curator for the Landmarks Foundation that manages Old Alabama Town for 28 years and is passionate about neighborhoods, their architectural character, their people, and their preservation!

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