A group of four dogs and their owners/handlers traveled from Abaco to Nassau to compete in the 33rd Annual Bahamas Kennel Club International Dog Show returning with new titles and two Best in Shows.
Candace Key and her Bedlington Terrier, Carley, competed in Conformation classes where a dog is judged against an ideal specimen in movement, conformation, coat and display of a show attitude and ring presence. Maureen Koepp with her Shetland Sheepdog, Odie, and Tara Lavallee with her dogs, Ari, a mixed breed, and Kai ,a miniature Australian Cattle dog, competed in performance events of Agility , Rally and Obedience which require a working partnership between handler and dog to guide the dog over, under, around and through obstacles and hurdles.
American Kennel Club (AKC) judges are brought in each year to pass judgment on the dogs and handlers. These four dogs are also shown in the US and have many titles from there as well as The Bahamas.
“Carley” received her Bahamian Championship and was awarded two Best in Shows over all dogs shown in conformation classes.’Odie” won 5 Agility “Legs” (or parts) toward a title or class. He is now being shown in the Master level which is not only the top level of Agility but also very challenging.
“Ari” earned 7 Legs and is moving up into the Master class as well. Not to be outdone, “Kai” earned 3 Legs at the show. She is so fast racing through the obstacles she is nicknamed the Pocket Rocket.
Carley’s official name is now “Best in Show Am. and Bah. Champion Sandon n’ Oakhill Small Craft Warning” She will now be competing for her Grand Championship title.
Odie’s Official name is: “Champion Summerlove’s Bark of the Bay CD,RE, AX, OAJ, OF.” The initials after his name indicate an obedience, rally or agility title won.
Ari’s official name is: “Abaco Ari RA,OA,OAJ,XF.” Again the initials after his name indicate a title he has won in the Performance events.
Kai is: “High Banks Makin’ Waves RN,OA, OAJ ,OF.” She is catching up quickly to her brother, Ari in titles.