Our family tradition began one Thanksgiving when a dog show appeared on TV right after the parade. Since then we gather around each year to ooh and aah at the dogs. Some are big, some small and all are so talented! So this year we jumped at the opportunity take our family to a live dog show and learn more about this fascinating canine event!
We arrived and the kids were mesmerized from the moment we pulled into the parking lot. In every direction there were dogs to watch. They came in all shapes and sizes, colors and they were literally everywhere! We went inside to explore and spent the day spotting our favorite breeds and learning the names of so many new ones. We stayed at the show for 5 hours which is a long time considering their young ages!! There’s lots to see so let me share a bit about what you can expect:
GROOMING AREA > Our first stroll was down the many rows where puppies and their handlers each have their own little area to primp. We watched the pooches get blown dry, poofed and snipped to perfection and the doggies and people were so happy to say hello and visit with us! We made lots of friends and admired their perfectly coifed coats.
VENDOR MALL > For those of you who have dogs at home you will find a slew of interesting products, clothes, supplies and toys for your pets that are not available at regular, retail pet stores. We picked up a bunch of stocking stuffers for all the doggies in our extended family! They are all coming over on Christmas Day so we stocked up on holiday outfits and toys to keep them busy!
BREED BOOTHS > We loved visiting the booths designed to showcase each specific breed. The environments were styled to reflect the heritage of the animals and we learned so much! Some of our favorites were Dixie, the Chinese Crested, Toby the English Cocker Spaniel and Potter the Schnauzer in the castle, who was named after Harry.
DOCK DIVING > Doggies run and jump into large pools to catch their toy! It’s one of the more hilarious competitions and I was surprised to see small and large dogs both winning at this event.
AGILITY COURSES > Of all the dog events this was the most engaging for our little ones! They were begging to “have a turn” but of course we didn’t bring a trained, registered pup! They watched and watched as dog after dog went through the course. We were so impressed with their skills and enjoyed cheering them on.
If you love dog shows on TV I hope attending one will bring your family a fun-filled and educational day as it did ours.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.