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A show of the furry kind

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Visitors and Roswell residents will be able to see a large variety of the smartest, prettiest and best looking dogs at the annual Rio Pecos Kennel Club Back to Back All-Breed Dog Show, Sept. 8-9 at the Roswell Industrial Air Center Park on Earl Cummings Loop, across from the National Guard Armory.

The individual breed shows are scheduled to begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. and on Sunday at 8 a.m. The actual schedule will be posted on site. The group judging begins at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday and 1:15 p.m. on Sunday where a representative of each breed will vie for Best in Show.

The RPKC Show is certified by the American Kennel Club and is held under the AKC’s rules and regulations with ribbons and awards for all breeds, age groups and classes. The RPKC has been holding this popular show since the 1950s.

The show is open to visitors and is free of charge. RPKC chair Elaine Mayfield is asking the public to leave un-entered pets at home. “The American Kennel Club prohibits un-enterted dogs being at the show,” she said.

Judges this year are Carol Jean Nelson of Avery, Texas; William E. Usherwood of Springfield, Illinois; Bruce E. Voran of Strawberry, Arizona and Sharol Candace Way of Cochranville, Pennsylvania.

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A new exhibitor briefing will be held 30 minutes prior to the published start of judging on Saturday. The briefing location will be posted at the superintendent’s table. Spectators are welcome to attend.

There are 371 dogs from all over the U.S. and New Mexico entered in this show with a total of 377 entries, divided in four rings on Saturday and Sunday with the final being the public’s favorite: the regular variety group ring. The regular variety groups include the herding groups, sporting groups, working groups, terrier group, hound group, toy group, non-sporting group and as a last highlight, the Best in Show — unless otherwise announced.

With the temperatures cooling off, the outdoor event will be ideal for the four-footed and two-footed contenders.

The sport of raising purebred dogs for competitive events dates back to 1884, the year of AKC’s birth. Shared values of those involved in the sport include principles of sportsmanship. They are practiced in all sectors of the sport: conformation, performance and companion. Many believe that these principles of sportsmanship are the prime reasons why the sport has thrived for 134 years.

For more information, visit onofrio.com/jodstwo/clubs/allbreedclubs/peco.html or email Mayfield at condor@dfn.com or call 575-626-2640.

Christina Stock may be contacted at 622-7710, ext. 309, or at vision@rdrnews.com.