‘Rumor’ the German Shepherd took home Best In Show a couple of months ago, and deservedly so. If you’re like us, Westminster inspired dreams within you as a dog lover, of jogging around that show ring with your intelligent, loyal animal at your side, remaining serene under the spotlight, and finally standing next to your best friend, as the judge, with his or her arcane canine knowledge, pokes and prods. Will your purebred rise above the rest?
Well, when you come out of your reverie and give your dog a smile and a treat in real life, also get out your schedule and clear some room for the Eighth Annual Southern Maine Coastal Classic Dog Show, to be held at Wassamki Springs Campground (56 Saco St, Scarborough) over the four days between Thursday, May 18 and Sunday, May 21, starting each morning at 8 a.m. Admission is $5.00 per car, with ample parking in and around the campground.
This event is proof that even though National Purebred Dog Day has passed (it was Monday the 1st), the spirit of canine showmanship lives on in Maine this spring. The Coastal Classic is the state’s largest dog event. Hundreds of purebreds will converge on Wassamki, bringing their owners, breeders, and/or handlers, of course, to show off their poise and instinct to obey. Sponsors The York County Kennel Club of Maine and Vacationland Dog Club promise that a large percentage of the AKC’s 180 recognized breeds will be present for spectators to meet. Over the show’s four days, which will go on rain or shine, events will include daily All Breed Dog Shows and Obedience and Rally Trials; a 4 to 6 Month Beginner Puppy Competition; a Junior Showmanship competition in Open, Intermediate and Novice classes; a Best Bred By Exhibitor Competition, and more. This is the real deal.
Convinced? Just one more thing. Learn more and get directions if you need them, at http://www.yorkcountykennelclub.org/events/cluster-shows.html