TRURO - More than 200 dogs are expected to be in attendance during this weekend's Cobequid Dog Club show at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds in Bible Hill.
The dog show runs today and tomorrow in the Industrial Building, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and going until about 4:30 p.m.
"They'll be coming from all over Nova Scotia, as well as some from New Brunswick and P.E.I.," said Nancy McRae, show secretary. " Our numbers last year were up from the year before, but this year we are at our norm."
That's encouraging because, according to McRae,
entries to dog shows are down, especially in Ontario and even in Cape Breton.
"It's because there aren't as many people coming from the United States," she explained. "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."
Classes include rally obedience, which is very popular, regular obedience and conformation.
Among the local dog owners taking part are Onslow Mountain's Beth Rutherford and Brookfield's Dawn Fougere.
"Beth breeds collies and her goal is to improve collies - their structure, their temperament and their overall health," said McRae. "For her to want to do that is just great."
Fougere will be showing in all three classes.
"She has a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, Celtie, who is a year-and-a-half years old," said McRae. "She's a very versatile dog and it's neat to see a young dog so active."
Admission to the show is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Only dogs entered into the show will be admitted on site.