TRURO – A local smooth collie is the number one of its kind in Canada and this weekend will see the collie and its owner go for best in show.
Onslow Mountain’s Beth Rutherford is participating in this weekend’s Cobequid Dog Club show being held at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds in Bible Hill.
“Beth breeds collies and her goal is to improve collies – their structure, their temperament and their overall health,” said Nancy McRae, show secretary. “For her to want to do that is just great.”
The dog show runs both Saturday and Sunday in the Industrial Building, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and going until about 4:30 p.m.
“Our Rally Obedience is quite big,” said McRae. “We have some of the biggest entries (for dog shows) across the province.”
Between the rally obedience, regular obedience and conformation classes, McRae expects to have more than 200 dogs in attendance.
“They’ll be coming from all over Nova Scotia, as well as some from New Brunswick and P.E.I. Our numbers last year were up from the year before, but this year we are at our norm.”
McRae said entries to dog show throughout the world are down, especially in Ontario and even in Cape Breton.
“It’s because there aren’t as many people coming from the United States. I’m pretty sure our numbers have remained because we are in the hub of Nova Scotia and it’s not that far for people from Amherst and New Brunswick to travel.”
Another local to keep an eye on this weekend is Brookfield's Dawn Fougere, who McRae said is keen to show in all three classes.
“She has a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, Celtie, who is a year-and-a-half years old. She’s a very versatile dog and it’s neat to see a young dog so active,” said McRae.
Admission to the show is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Only dogs entered into the show will be admitted on site.