Lo­cal dogs take top awards

Har­bour Grace dog shows at­tracts prized ca­nines

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN THE COM­PASS

Two locally owned ca­nines took top awards at this year’s an­nual dog shows held in Har­bour Grace over the Labour Day week­end.

Lily, a two-year-old fe­male West High­land white terrier named Cham­pion Wow Dash­wood of Sur­prise, was cho­sen best-in-show No. 177 on Sun­day, Sept. 2.

Faye An­drews of Har­bour Grace im­ported the award-win­ning white terrier from Hun­gary.

Paul Odenkirchen of On­tario, who served as judge for the show, also chose a locally owned English cocker spaniel as best puppy in the same show.

Jag­ger, a 10-month-old male English cocker spaniel named Cham­pion Es­pe­cially Moves Like Jag­ger, is owned by Laura Lee His­cock and Faye An­drews, both of Har­bour Grace.

Hosted by the Con­cep­tion Bay Ken­nel Club, the 53rd an­nual Dog Shows were held at the S.W. Moores Memo­rial Sta­dium Sept. 1 and 2.

Club spokesman Al­bert Legge said four shows were held over the two-day sched­ule, with show Nos. 175 and 176 tak­ing place Satur­day and Nos. 177 and 178 on Sun­day.

Legge, who serves as club trea­surer, said an av­er­age of 86 dogs were en­tered in each show. While most dog own­ers bring their prized an­i­mals to the show from the St. John’s area and around the Avalon, the Har­bour Grace shows also at­tract en­tries from across the prov­ince. While the event used to at­tract en­tries from the main­land of Canada and the U.S., those num- bers have de­clined in re­cent years, due largely to the es­ca­lat­ing costs of travel.

The Con­cep­tion Bay Ken­nel Club has been or­ga­niz­ing and host­ing the an­nual dog shows since their in­cep­tion in 1959.

Other top award win­ners were:

• Best in Show No. 175 – a four-and-a-half year-old male named Akita - Cham­pion Bear­dusk’s Dark­est Hour owned by Ed Wil­son of Por­tu­gal Cove – judged Carol Gra­ham of Al­berta

• Best Puppy in Show No. 175 – a ninemonth-old fe­male Great Dane, Soul Trublood Queen of Hearts, owned by Jen­nifer and Michael Hay­ley of St. John’s. Carol Gra­ham of Al­berta acted as judge for that show.

• Best in Show 176 – a two-year-old fe­male, long coat Chi­huahua - Cham­pion Pas­tel Manor­born Let’s Dance, owned by Regina Caspar Coultas and Dave Coultas of Paradise.

• Best Puppy in Show 176 – a nine-mon­thold fe­male Great Dane, Soul Trublood Queen of Hearts, owned by Jen­nifer and Michael Hay­ley of St. John’s. Sue El­lyn Rem­pel of Man­i­toba served as judge for this show.

• Best in Show 178 – Lily, a Whip­pet, owned by Jackie Power of Mount Pearl.

• Best Puppy in Show 178 – an eight-mon­thold male, west High­land white terrier, DunKeller’s Celtic Knight, owned by Mary Dun­phy of St. John’s. Thomas Touzel of On­tario acted as judge for this show.

bbow­man@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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