Cuteness, elegance and power will be on display during the Cobequid Dog Club show this weekend.
Two hundred dogs, representing dozens of breeds, will be entering the show ring as the club marks its 50th year.
“We have a baby puppy class, with 27 entries,” said show secretary Nancy McRae. “This is a great way for them to socialize, and they’re adorable.
“Because we have such a big show this time, we’re starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, and classes start at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.”
There will be a few members of breeds not often seen in the area taking part, such as the Finnish Lapphund, Glen of Imaal terrier and Ibizan hound.
“Because it’s the club’s 50th anniversary, we’ll have some memorabilia,” said McRae. “That will bring back memories for some people.”
McRae has been a member of the club for about 30 years, serving as show secretary for the past 22.
“I was grooming and wanted to be more involved with things connected with dogs,” she said. “They needed a secretary and my sister told me I needed a challenge. The club was huge then, with 40-50 members. Now we just have a few.”
McRae had standard poodles for many years. She now has a couple of Labrador retrievers who participate in obedience and rally obedience.
The show will be held in the Industrial building on the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds. A canteen will be available on site. Members of the public are welcome to stop by and see the dogs, free of charge. Anyone planning to stay for long should bring a chair.
For a list of the breeds taking part, and the times they’ll be in the ring the Canuck Dogs website at https://www.canuckdogs.com/upload/DogShowDocs/e7118f84-e860-11e9-b12d-0050569873b0.pdf