Pa­rade of pooches

Hun­dreds sit and stay to watch ca­nines com­pete at Kens­ing­ton dog show

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY DE­SIREE AN­STEY news­room@jour­nal­pi­oneer.com

Pam­pered pooches from around the world put their best paw forward re­cently at the Lady Slip­per Ken­nel Club Dog Show.

The an­nual event, held in the Kens­ing­ton Com­mu­nity Gar­dens, fea­tured four con­for­ma­tion shows, two obe­di­ence tri­als and two rally obe­di­ence tri­als.

In front of a panel of judges, 180 dogs – from sport­ing, hounds, work­ing, ter­ri­ers, toys, non-sport­ing, and herd­ing – com­peted within their breed over the two days.

Amid the echoes of barks in the com­plex, a four-year-old pug sat qui­etly on a prep­ping ta­ble watch­ing the world go by.

Todd Fo­ley, the proud owner of the pug, which is named Adam, is not afraid to take a break from groom­ing and leave his dog, if only for a mo­ment, to its own ac­cord.

“He’s kind of lazy, a lit­tle bit of a lump, un­til you get him in the ring and then he be­comes full of life,” smiled Fo­ley.

Born in Thai­land, Adam comes from a long line of award-win­ning Cana­dian pugs.

“He does have Cana­dian fam­ily. His grand­fa­ther was the top win­ning pug in Canada with 30 Best in Shows, and Adam has won 26 Best in Shows,” ex­plained Fo­ley.

“Adam came from Thai­land three years ago to be shown in Canada and ended up living with my wife and me. Now he’s our boy and I’m very proud of him.”

A dog wins Best in Show based on ap­pear­ance and ideal stride for the type of breed.

Sue Beat­tie, from Fred­er­ic­ton N.B., en­tered her 16-month-old Shiba Inu named Ko­hei into the con­for­ma­tion show.

“The Shiba Inu is orig­i­nally from Ja­pan and they were bred to hunt in the moun­tains for deer and wild boar, so they have a nice harsh coat,” ex­plained Beat­tie, a Shiba Inu breeder since 1997. “They al­most be­came ex­tinct dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, but then they were brought back.”

Ko­hei, named after a great Ja­panese artis­tic gym­nast, was judged on his ap­pear­ance and move­ment ac­cord­ing to the writ­ten breed stan­dard.

“They are an ex­tremely clean dog, in­de­pen­dent, some­times stub­born, but in my opinion he’s the best. He’s my baby,” grinned Beat­tie.

The Lady Slip­per Ken­nel Club was founded in 1979 with the pur­pose of sup­port­ing eth­i­cal breed­ing and responsible dog own­er­ship.

The event is held un­der the Cana­dian Ken­nel Club rules.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at the Lady Slip­per Ken­nel Club Face­book page.

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Chris­tine Heartz, who is from Truro, N.S., has been com­pet­ing in dog shows for 30 years. She en­tered her primped three-year-old Pomera­nian named Posh into the toy breed cat­e­gory.

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Sue Beat­tie came from Fred­er­ic­ton, N.B., to en­ter her 16-month-old Shiba Inu named Ko­hei into the con­for­ma­tion show.

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