Dogs and Dogs and Dogs…Oh My!

Last weekend I got the chance to take in the Alberta Kennel Club winter classic held at Spruce Meadows in Calgary. This was a Conformation, Obedience and Rally competition and the perfect place to find myself some wonderful pets and their people. (Psst…go check out my Pets and the People They Love project page for new additions!) I saw lot of preening and primping going on as I walked around

Old English Sheepdog Puppy

Old English Sheepdog Puppy

Polish Lowland Sheepdog (PON)

Polish Lowland Sheepdog (PON)

Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd

Rough Collie

Rough Collie

Standard Poodle

Standard Poodle

Tibetan Terriers (Adult and Pup). These are what my dogs would look like if they weren't wild wood running dogs :)

Tibetan Terriers (Adult and Pup). These are what my dogs would look like if they weren’t wild wood running dogs 🙂

I truly feel that if you want to buy a purebred dog this is the place to find caring, reputable breeders who are interested in finding good homes for their dogs. I loved watching the obedience and rally competitions here as well. There were competitors at every level, novice to expert. Formal Obedience is very detail and precise with dumbbell, glove and jumps incorporated. Rally (or Rally-O) is more relaxed and about relationship, the handler can talk to the dog more during the course. Here are some of the teams hard at work at Obedience with dumbbell work and then two teams doing the Rally course:
The handler puts her scent on a dumbbell by rubbing it in her hands then the Judge places it amongst the other dumbbells,

The handler puts her scent on a dumbbell by rubbing it in her hands then the Judge places it amongst the other dumbbells,

The dog is then given the one word command to find it sniffing each one,

The dog is then given the one word command to find it sniffing each one,

The dog then returns to the handler and sits in front of them with the dumbbell in its mouth.  Amazing!

The dog then returns to the handler and sits in front of them with the dumbbell in its mouth. Amazing!

Two and a Half minute sit stay with handles out of the ring and room! They also did this in a down stay too!

2 1/2 minute sit stay with handlers out of the ring and room! They also did this in a ‘down stay’ too!

Rally competitor during the course

Rally competitor during the course

These two made a great team in Rally.

These two made a great team in Rally.

This little dog was SO focused on his owner.

This little dog was SO focused on his owner.


Here are some of the Junior Handlers working with their dogs in the show ring. What a confidence builder for the kids and a bond builder between the kids and their dogs.
Cutest little girl with her Pug

Cutest little girl with her Pug

This little girl and her dog were perfectly matched!

This little girl and her dog were perfectly matched!

All lined up for judging...the dog in #3 spot kept laying down :)

All lined up for judging…the dog in #3 spot kept laying down 🙂


There was lots of waiting around time for the dogs and you were able to walk around and interact with the dogs and their owners or handlers. I met some really nice people who loved talking about their pets. The show had a Sheltie and Collie Specialty which meant there were a great number of entries of those breeds at the show (I think there were 35 Shelties!) so a win at a big show like that is quite prestigious.
Mom and Pup, they were playing together when I walked up.

Mom and Pup, they were playing together when I walked up.

Gorgeous Aussie pup

Gorgeous Aussie pup

Papillon pup

Papillon pup

This guy had the funniest expressions and his ears just wouldn't stay still!

This guy had the funniest expressions and his ears just wouldn’t stay still!

Lounging Great Danes

Lounging Great Danes

Now this is how to relax!

Now this is how to relax!

Pretty Pomeranian

Pretty Pomeranian

Doberman Pincher pup wouldn't look at the camera, just at his mom.

Doberman Pincher pup wouldn’t look at the camera, just at his mom.

Rhodesian Ridgeback in focus on his mom

Rhodesian Ridgeback in focus on his mom

Sheltie pup

Sheltie pup


It was a fun couple of days; I got to meet a Tibetan Terrier breeder that was great to talk to and had adorable dogs. I love this breed (or combinations thereof like Tashi) they are such a cool dog. I learned lots about the different dog sports and got to get out and shoot with my camera. So for me…dogs and camera equal a perfect day! Cheers!
8 month old Tibetan Terrier beauty

8 month old Tibetan Terrier beauty

4 thoughts on “Dogs and Dogs and Dogs…Oh My!

    • Thanks so much Siobhan! It was a fun event…there is a Cat Show coming to Calgary in April so I think I’ll head there and see if the Cat Owners are as happy to have me take their photos and ask lots of questions 🙂 I’m also waiting for the weather to get nice for some outdoor horse shows.

  1. Hey Sheila, I really enjoyed that post. Haven’t been to a dog show/competition for years and years…. I need to do it again. Thanks for the kick in the pants and the great pictures:-)

    • Thanks Kathie!It was lots of fun and it was great meeting so many wonderful dogs and their people. My post probably could have been longer I had so many photos. I’ll probably go to the outdoor one in August if you want to come along with your camera and play :).

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