Best in Show

By: Lindsey Ward Email
By: Lindsey Ward Email

June 3, 2007

It may have sounded like the puppy pound, but these pooches are here to show off what they're made of.

“This is what we call a medium show, so about a 1,000 dogs,” said Sandy Lady, President of the Charlottesville Albemarle Kennel Club.

Big, little, calm and feisty, this show is full of different dogs.

“We have a 125 different breeds and varieties,” said Lady.

Each of the dogs is judged on how they stack up to a perfect pet.

“There is an ideal dog,” Lady said, “Every dog has an ideal standard.”

Ideally the winner will be the most well rounded.

“We're looking for balance and we're looking for beauty. We're looking for the soundness of mind, we want a strong dog physically and a strong dog mentally,” Lady said.

“This is our dog champion William Wallace,” said Lydia Hutchinson, introducing her dog.

What better way for William Wallace to be of sound mind than to spend the day being groomed.

“He's glad to be back here today he's been having a great time,” said Hutchinson.

It's fun for dogs and owners, but it's still a tight competition. Each dog is put into one of seven categories and the top dog is chosen from each category.

“Then the seven group winners compete for best in show,” explained Lady.

However, the big winner may be Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

“Each dog show brings about $350,000 a day into the economy of the community,” Lady said.

It's a big weekend for the county and big win for man's little friend.

Plans for next year's 50th annual dog show are already in the works.


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