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By MATT CRANE
The Golden Triangle Kennel Club welcomes hundreds of canine enthusiasts with its annual dog show Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Mississippi State University Horse Park.
GTKC President Nancy Boden said entries increased for this yearâ€™s competition with approximately 600 participants scheduled to attend.
â€śThere are 160 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club and weâ€™ll have a majority of them here,â€ť she said. â€śItâ€™s a good chance for people to come out and see breeds they wouldnâ€™t normally see in everyday life.â€ť
The free event is the perfect opportunity for area residents to join fellow dog lovers for a day of fun and excitement, Boden said.
â€śWe have vendors with a variety of dog paraphernalia and things that you might not be able to find locally,â€ť she said. â€śItâ€™s a lot of fun and a great chance for people to see whatâ€™s happening with the kennel club.â€ť
While her title as president calls for organizing this weekendâ€™s event, Boden said she will be pulling double duty as she shows off two of her own Norwegian Elk Hounds: Troy and Maggie.
â€śIâ€™ve been showing for about six years,â€ť she said. â€śWe found a breeder in Michigan who had show dogs for years and she started talking about how much fun it was, so thatâ€™s how I got interested and I started doing some research.â€ť
Boden said she began training Troy since he was a puppy.
â€śWe start with the puppy class we offer through the kennel club and then on to the confirmation or handling class when they are about 12 weeks old,â€ť she said. â€śAfter that, Iâ€™ll take them around to different shows to get used to the noise and other dogs which can be kind of hectic.â€ť
Boden said grooming preparation depends on the particular breed of dog being shown.
â€śNorwegian Elk Hounds are to be shown in their natural state so thereâ€™s no trimming or extra grooming,â€ť she said. â€śMostly I just bathe them, blow them dry, brush them off and they are pretty much ready to go into the ring.â€ť
During the competition, Boden said each dog is judged on how well it conforms to the written standard, with each breed having its own standard providing the ability to judge a Pekingese next to a Great Dane.
â€śTheyâ€™ll be judged on movement, temperament, the condition of their coats and how they move,â€ť she said. â€śTheyâ€™ll have their teeth checked to make sure they have the correct bite.â€ť
Boden said judges will pick the best of each breed that will go to compete for best in show.
â€śA best in show will be chosen on both Saturday and Sunday, so itâ€™s like having two complete shows during the weekend,â€ť she said. â€śA different judge will come in Sunday and that allow for getting a different opinion.â€ť
Although she is a veteran of dog shows at this point, Boden said she still gets nervous before a competition but mostly tries to have as much fun spending time with her dogs.
â€śI just try and relax and have fun with the dogs,â€ť she said. â€śItâ€™s an educational time, but itâ€™s fun and filled with fellowship with other dog lovers.â€ť
The Golden Triangle Kennel Clubâ€™s annual dog show runs Saturday and Sunday at the MSU Horse Park beginning at 8:30 a.m.
For more information, call 662-323-2331 or visit http://www.goldentrianglekcofms.com.