Over 800 dogs took their chance in front of the judges during the annual St. Clair Kennel Club dog show Sunday. The American Kennel Club accredited competition has been held at Goodells County Park for the past eight years, according to Kristie Stocker, the show’s chairwoman. “We want a lot of great quality dogs and for people to have a good time,” said the Chesterfield Township resident.
Exhibitors came from throughout the state and country to compete Saturday and Sunday. Christa Tolkien brought her 15-month-old Maltese Satin to the show from Minnesota. Saturday, she was named best female in breed. Doris Ingles of Kimball Township prepared her four Norwegian Elkhounds for the ring Sunday morning. Ingles started competing with her dogs in 1990 after becoming hooked on the breed. “I like their personality, they’re very outgoing, they’re devoted to their people, they’re very smart — sometimes too smart,” she said.
Elizabeth and William Bills traveled from Bay City to show their curly-coated retriever, Gladrags Intruder, also known as Rudy. “We love (showing), and you meet a lot of different and nice people,” Elizabeth Bills said. Their dog’s exuberance for the ring also adds to their excitement, she said. “When you put her leash on and start her over to the ring she drags us to the ring if she can,” she said.
[Source: The Times Herald]