Every year the Tanana Valley Kennel Club holds 3 days of dog shows and obedience trials over the Memorial Day weekend. I used to participate in both breed and obedience. (In tracking, too, but that’s a different weekend.) Sadly, I was already too unbalanced (physically) to participate by the time the AKC added agility, herding, and rally obedience, but I still enjoy watching and fantasizing about what some of my Shelties could have done if those activities had been available back when.
I still attend, to catch up on old friendships and watch the dogs. Here are a few of the things I saw—mostly this year, though I’ve included one shot from past years to show the Chinese Crested.
This Papillion won Rally Advanced B, which included heeling off lead between a dish of bacon treats and a toy.
Harlequin and mantle Great Danes. Cropped and uncropped ears are now equally acceptable (at least in theory.)
A Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, not a common breed.
A blue merle Sheltie , ring ready, with ringside activity in the background.
Most of the exhibitors camped out on the fairgrounds, with a wide assortment of campers and tents.
The first day’s group second, chilling out after ring time. Exercise pens are common in the camping area.
Not a breed adapted to Alaska!. This Chinese Crested is not shaved; the breed has hair only on the head, legs and tail. The spotted skin is actually not uncommon in some white dogs.
A pair of Whippets outside the show building