Cranbrook’s Deb Girvin (from left)

Cranbrook’s Deb Girvin (from left)

Cariboo Kennel Club hosts sanction match

Big Lake’s Carol Ashby and her four-month-old black Labrador, Solo, playfully wagged their way to best in show.

Big Lake’s Carol Ashby and her four-month-old black Labrador, Solo, playfully wagged their way to best in show at the Cariboo Kennel Club’s Sanction Match July 12.

The two-day event, which featured demonstrations and dog agility Saturday, was followed by the show on Sunday where a silent auction and barbecue also took place.

“A Sanction Match is a licensed CKC event which closely resembles an actual dog show,” said Kim MacDonald, president of the CKC. “The same rules and regulations are followed except there are no points or titles awarded. We always have a good entry of local dogs, as well as dogs from 100 Mile to Prince George.”

Ashby, meanwhile, was thrilled to receive the victory.

“I’m having fun,” she said. “It’s my first time showing.”

MacDonald noted Saturday’s event was well attended and was packed with informative demonstrations.

“It went really well,” she said.

“We had the [RCMP] attack dogs here and they did a demonstration and lots of people here. Sunday, we would’ve liked a few more [entrants] but what can you do?”

Dogs are judged in the Sanction Match based on who has the best conformation, shape and structure.

The CKC said a big thanks is in order to all who donated for the silent auction and to Williams Lake councillor Scott Nelson for manning the barbecue.

The CKC was formed in 1972 and now has 38 members — most who are actively involved in conformation, obedience, field, agility, herding and Schutzhund (protection dog). Its membership is open to all dog owners and MacDonald said everyone is welcome. For more contact her at 250-302-9263.

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