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BIBLE HILL – It’s almost impossible to put into words what it feels like to be on the winning end of a dog show, says a Wittenburg woman.
Brandi Allan has been showing dogs for six years and is currently the owner of Roxy, a four-year-old bull mastiff who, in June, claimed the top female dog in Canada.
“It’s huge to win, especially when you breed it, you make it, you work with it. It’s like your child winning. People take for granted a breeder’s pride in it,” said Allan at the Cobequid Dog Club’s annual fall dog show in Bible Hill on Saturday afternoon.
There were 229 dogs entered in conformation, which is one of the largest entries in the Maritimes this year, as well as 23 in obedience, and 33 in rally obedience classes, which is also the largest in the Maritimes this year. All events were held on Saturday and Sunday at the Industrial Building at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds.
Allan had Roxy and two seven-month-old bull mastiffs in the competition. She said the amount of training it takes to enter a dog in a special show varies depending on the breed and temperament, although constant work is necessary. She spends at least 10 minutes a day training hers.
Allan said it’s a natural thing to consume a lot of her time with dogs, training and dog shows.
“We always had horses (growing up) so dogs were the next step.”
For Hazel Parker, also from Wittenburg, the social aspect is a big part of the show as well.
“You know everybody and you really have to step back and say, ‘it’s a dog show and friends here are more important.’”
That doesn’t mean competition is not important. In fact, Parker has been showing dogs for 20 years and has earned many top prizes, including best in show.
“In Nova Scotia we are a pretty dedicated bunch ... It takes dedication but you have to take the good with the bad. There’s only one judge’s opinion in one day and if you try to keep it a happy thing the dogs will enjoy it,” said Parker, who had two rhodesian ridgeback dogs in the show, ages three and 15 weeks.
“They are a beautiful breed, are easy to live with and are athletic,” she said, adding with “good temperament, outgoing nature, good form and function
… absolutely any dog” could be trained for competition.
Participants were also vying for as many points as they could get during competition. The more points earned, the more possibility of advancing or placing in top categories, some in Canada or overall. Event goers also had the opportunity to speak with breeders and educate themselves on the do’s and don’ts of dog training.
BIBLE HILL - The Cobequid Dog Show in Bible Hill is showcasing some of the best canines the province has to offer.
There are more than 200 dogs participating in the annaul fall show, that is being held in the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Grounds' Industrial Building. The event continues until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and will return on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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