TRURO - There are only about 50 points between Betsy Jaworski's dog and the top spot in conformation in the country.
© Raissa Tetanish - Truro Daily News
South Branch's Betsy Jaworski and her three-year-old smooth collie Vicar are hoping to gather some points in conformation at this weekend's Cobequid Dog Club's annual show. Vicar is ranked second in his class in the country and any points this weekend will get him that much closer to first.
Jaworski, a member of the Cobequid Dog Club, is hoping to gain those points this weekend in the smooth collie breed at the club's show on Saturday and Sunday.
"If he places or wins his group, he will get points, but we won't know how many - it depends on how many are in his breed," the South Branch resident said about her three-year-old named Vicar, who currently ranks second in Canada.
Jaworski, a 64-year-old retired registered nurse, has always had rough collies before bringing Vicar home from the breeder - Beth Rutherford.
Since then, she's been working with Vicar in obedience as well as competing in some agility classes and training in sheep herding.
"I'd wanted to show dogs, but as a registered nurse, I never had time. I always had dogs and they always had basic obedience," she said.
When she retired, Jaworski had a sheltie that she showed, and had success with it in both obedience and rally obedience classes.
"I was never too interested in showing dogs until I went to my first show in Dartmouth. I moved back to Truro and starting ring stewarding for the Truro show, which is a huge show. After helping there, I thought I would get into it."
With retirement, Jaworski now has the time to spend with Vicar - spending an hour for breakfast five times a week, an hour for supper three times a week, and weekly hour-long classes. They also participate in fun matches, herding, and are members of the K9 High Flyers out of Stewiacke.
In the shows he's participated in this year, Vicar has won best of show in his breed in all.
When Jaworski started showing Vicar in conformation (Rutherford actually handles him in conformation) in 2011, Vicar was ranked fifth in Canada.
"He was still puppyish in 2011. He wasn't filled out. We didn't show him last year - Beth wanted him to mature," she said.
Along with this weekend's show, Jaworski and Vicar will travel to Prince Edward Island this month and Moncton in November to try to get those points to claim the top spot in his breed.
When it comes to the club's show this weekend, Jaworski is looking forward to it.
"It's such a great place for people that might be thinking about getting a dog but don't know what to get," she said. "There are handlers, trainers, owners and breeders at the show, and unless they are rushing off to get in the ring, everyone is really good at speaking with the public. It's a great place to spend a day with the family."
Vicar will show in conformation on Saturday, followed by rally obedience Sunday morning.
There are 229 dogs entered in conformation, which is one of the largest entries in the Maritimes this year, 23 in obedience, and 33 in rally obedience classes, which is also the largest in the Maritimes this year. All events will be held at the industrial building at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds.
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: Cobequid Dog Club's annual fall show
WHEN: Oct. 12 and 13, starting at 8:30 a.m. both days and running until 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Industrial Building at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition in Bible Hill
ADMISSION: $2 for adults and $1 for children
NOTE: Only dogs entered in the show are allowed in the building