Alaskan Malamutes took turns parading around the ring at the Douglas County Fairgrounds as their human companions jogged along beside them and judges watched attentively. Poodles with poofs of fur sat poised while Newfoundlands and Shih Tzus walked by on their way to compete.
Day two of the four-day Umpqua Kennel Club Dog Show was underway at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Friday, and hundreds of dogs of all shapes and sizes were prepared to show off. The dog show attracts dogs and their handlers from all over the U.S., Canada and Mexico each year.
Wendy Corr of Alamo, California, traveled up to Roseburg for the show with her team of handlers, six Alaskan Malamute puppies and the puppies’ mother. In 1970, her father had brought home an Alaskan Malamute as a pet, which began Corr’s experience in dog shows.
“They can do many things, they can snow sled, backpack, and do obedience, agility and conformation,” Corr said of the breed. She said they’re a lot of fun, but they also require a lot of work and energy. Corr has been to the Umpqua Kennel Club Dog Show several times over the years, and this year she took vacation time to come up and support the show.
Businesses with booths offering everything from canine massages to mirrors decorated with dog paintings were set up around the six rings where the dogs competed.
Susan Snelling of Glendale, owner of Susie’s Stitches and Things, was selling dog-themed stockings, dog bathing aprons with towel as skirts and dog beds her son Joel and his wife Chloe had created out of recycled tables. It was her first time at the local dog show and she said she’d been learning a lot about dog breeds from the handlers.
“It’s really huge and there’s a lot of dogs and it’s awesome,” Snelling said of the show. “Next year I’m hoping to do it again.” She said her favorite part of the show was seeing a gentleman with a kilt accompanying his Scottish breed dog.
Traci Banks of Redmond was also there with her business, Doggie Bakery, selling dog treats with flavors like pumpkin cream cheese, bacon cheddar and pineapple coconut. She said she comes up with the recipes by trial and error, and lets the dogs come in and sample the treats before their handlers buy them.
The Umpqua Kennel Club Dog Show brings 805 dogs to the fairgrounds on its busiest day, but show chairwoman Elaine Zech said the dogs are professional so it’s not difficult to keep them organized.
“They’re used to traveling and being with their people in their motor homes or trucks, and they’re walked on the grounds and bathed, groomed and shown,” Zech said.
The dog show continues through today and Sunday. For more information, visit www.umpquakennelclub.org/shows.htm.