Valdosta Daily Times

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February 17, 2008

Valdosta Kennel Club dog show takes place Friday

VALDOSTA – The Valdosta Kennel Club will host its 58th American Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show Friday, which will include more than 750 dogs, and the entire area community is invited to attend.

In the years since getting its start, the VKC Dog Show has grown with show entries and support as individuals and many families come to take part in the annual event.

“This is a family sport as well as a profession for handlers, and with the addition of obedience, agility, rally and some other events that many dog shows have, it is a lot of fun to put your dogs through their paces and hope to bring home the ribbons,” said Sandy Miles, vice president of the VKC. “Many friendships are formed and it is always fun to see what the next generations of puppies are able to achieve.”

As the show draws people from all over the Southeastern region to Valdosta, the arrival of them all is sometimes a show within itself.

“Entries for the Valdosta Kennel Club’s AKC dog shows have increased since the show began and the mode of transportation for many owners and handlers is eye-popping,” said Miles. “All types of rigs are used to come to the dog shows, from cars, vans, pop-up campers, small motor homes and big rigs that cost over $1 million. Many of these rigs have not only sleeping and cooking facilities but areas for many dog crates, bathing and grooming areas. Some even carry a dog treadmill to keep the dogs exercised on long trips.”

The VKC Dog Show is the first show of the New Deep South Circuit, which will include five follow up shows, to take place in Tallahassee, Fla., Dothan, Ala., and Panama City, Fla.

“Circuits run anywhere from three days to a week or more,” Miles said. “It’s always nice when there are 3-5 shows in one location, saving driving from one show to the next daily.”

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