CTV News: Sault Kennel Club hosts outdoor dog show

The Laird Fairgrounds in Echo Bay went dog-friendly this weekend as people and their beloved pets took part in the first Canadian Kennel Club-sanctioned dog show to be held in the area since the pandemic.

The dogs competed in obedience and obstacle competitions. The show was presented by the Sault Ste. Marie Kennel Club, which was established in 1967.

“A lot of people think we’re just purebred dogs, but that’s not the case,” said organizer Kimberly Doan.

“We’re also here for responsible ownership and behavior, to help people with behavior for any breed of dog, mixed breeds, purebreds.”

Doan says this is not only the club’s first dog show since the pandemic, but also the first to be held outdoors.

“We have great weather, a lot of people are coming,” added Doan.

“Not as much as in the past, but it’s a first for us at this site and at this time of year. And the results have been great so far and people are loving it.

While the dogs took a much-needed break between competitions, the human-only “Denim & Plaid” competition gave their owners a chance to shine. In the end, Amanda Lougheed and Lisa Ducharme won the gold medal.

“It’s something that supports something that’s really important to our breed and to the fan scene as a whole and our junior handlers,” Lougheed said.

“So we thought we’d have fun with it and we’re really grateful that we did so well.”

Ex-champ Kerry Bauer was graceful in the loss.

“I went out, gave my best and everyone improved their game this year,” Bauer said. “$108 was raised for juniors this year which is great. So, I’m just happy to be part of it and happy to be here.

The Sault Ste. Marie Kennel Club offers obedience classes as well as leash training and socialization classes for puppies.

More information can be found on their website.