Dogs on Parade
Canines get a workout in the heat at annual Leavenworth County 4-H Dog Show
This may be the dog days of summer, but even the canines at Saturday's Leavenworth County 4-H Dog Show had trouble concentrating in the heat and humidity.
"We've had a tough day," said judge Christie Holmes. "It's very hot out, and the dogs are tired."
The annual show, held at the Leaven-worth County Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie, featured obedience and showmanship categories, as well as a Dogs-N-Duds Contest that included prizes for the funniest, the cutest, the most original and the sportiest.
After Amara Packwood and her 1 1/2-year-old chocolate Labrador completed their obedience category in the novice division, she headed off for a horse show at Fort Leavenworth.
Amara, a 16-year-old Leavenworth 4-H'er, said she was pleased with Pika's performance.
"She did really well until we got to the recall," Amara said. "She didn't sit."
But Pika's work in the show ring earned her a champion designation.
Last year, Pika earned champion in a lower class, and two weeks ago the animal took home reserve champion honors at a show in Valley Falls.
"She's really smart," Amara said, running her had over the dog's smooth head. "I've had pretty good luck with her."
For Bryan Ross, Saturday's obedience competition with his 7-year-old sheltie, Tyler, was a little frustrating.
"Just about everything, he didn't do right," said Bryan, 18.
But the show was good experience for Tyler. Bryan, who has shown dogs for 11 years, said he enjoys training the animals in preparation for shows, such as Saturday's event.
"It's really fun, and it's a good way to learn about your dog and get to know your dog," he said.
Bryan shows his dedication by working with Tyler on a daily basis. It's paid off as the two competed in the top division of the obedience competition on Saturday, earning a white ribbon.
The two will head to the State Fair Dog Show on Sept. 15 in Hutchinson to compete in the showmanship category.
When 12-year-old Riley Vogel left the show ring, she was worried how judge Donna Krueger would rate her work with Bridgett.
"She usually bites heels," Riley said.
And, true to Riley's words, the 2-year-old border collie did nip at her leash when she was in the show ring. But Riley and Bridgett walked away with reserve champion honors.
Following are complete results from Saturday's 4-H dog show:
Bryan Ross and Tyler, white.
Zach Buddish and Bessie, red.
Camielle Schmierer and Hope, red.
Camielle Schmierer and Rose, white.
Shannon Smith and Dai, white.
Sarah Smith and Sweetie, white.
Amara Packwood and Pika, champion.
Sarah Smith and Scout, reserve champion.
Natalie Hall and Lucky, white.
Bryan Ross and Jenny, red.
Sarah Smith and Dylan, white.
Shannon Smith and Sydney, champion.
Riley Vogel and Bridgett, reserve champion.
Jennifer Douglas and JD, champion.
Ethan Johnson and Heidi, white.
Zach Buddish and Bessie, purple.
Camielle Schmierer and Rosie, reserve champion.
Bryan Ross and Tyler, champion.
Sarah Smith and Sweetie, champion.
Shannon Smith and Dai, reserve champion.
Anna Buddish and Jenny, purple.
Clayton Hall and Lucky, champion.
Ethan Johnson and Heidi, reserve champion.
Funniest, McKenzie Mitchner and Kira.
Cutest, Riley Vogel and Bridgett.
Most original, Bryan Ross and Jenny.
Sportiest, Camielle Schmierer and Rosie.