Dog show delights many near Clovis

February 4, 2014 by  

The 100th and 101st shows of the Sun Maid Kennel Club in Fresno, near Clovis, took place on February 1 and 2, bringing in hundreds of dogs and people to the Fresno Fairgrounds.

More than 900 dogs were entered in the show, with a total of 125 breeds. The show featured a mix of professional handlers as well as owners who prepared the dogs and took them around the ring. In some cases, the Fresno dog show is a practice round for the Westminster Kennel Club show, held the week after in New York.

Bentley, an Australian Shepherd, won the title “Best of Breed” during the show. The dog was led around the ring by Megan Hof, his handler. Bentley’s been appearing in dog shows for the past 18 months, traveling around the state, to Colorado and to Missouri.

Sierra, a Samoyed, also won “Best of Breed.” It was Sierra’s first time competing and her owner, Lynda Tusoni, was very surprised at the win. To award the prize winners, the Kennel Club can use stationery printers to produce certificates.

Plenty of dog lovers from across California turned up to watch the performance. Five-year-old Sebastian Delgado, who convinced his family to attend the show, stated that the event was very fun. Laura Slagle, 52, attended the show for the first time, too. She expressed surprise at the size of the event, saying:

“I didn’t realize it would be this big.”