Dogs take center stage at Steel City Kennel Club show

2014-04-12T20:30:00Z 2014-04-12T22:45:35Z Dogs take center stage at Steel City Kennel Club showRob Earnshaw Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 12, 2014 8:30 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Hundreds of dogs converged Saturday for the Steel City Kennel Club's All-Breed Dog Show at the Lake County Fairgrounds.

About 2,000 dogs, their owners and handlers were expected to participate in the annual show Saturday and Sunday in Crown Point, said Judy Davis, president of the Steel City Kennel Club.

"There are professional people here, breeders with their own dogs and families working together," Davis said. “There are dogs from all over the United States."

Davis said the club works toward a common goal of putting together a good dog show and informing the public.

Jake Jones traveled from Indianapolis to show his English bull terrier, Vinny. Jones, who attends about four to five dog shows around the country a year, said Vinny hasn’t been in a show in over a year but in 2012 was the recipient of a No. 1 white bull terrier award.

“I love the sport itself and showing dogs and the competition,” Jones said.

Elaina Zgrabik, of Hinkley, Ohio, entered her Labrador puppy, Tug, in the show Saturday.

“I love the camaraderie here, and I have tons of friends in the industry,” she said.

Taylor Loudenber, 12, of Valparaiso, was showing her rough collie, June.

June won second place in the herding group.

“You have to be the best in breed to get to this,” said Taylor’s grandmother, Misti Labs.

Taylor said after working a long day with June she planned to take a nap. She said she does shows because she gets to hang out with her dog.

“It’s something special me and June can do,” she said.

The show continues from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Food and pet supply vendors will be on-site. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for senior citizens and free for children 11 and younger.

For additional information, call Davis at (219) 365-5046.

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