The Ozarks Country Kennel Club, the local chapter of the Missouri Pet Breeders Association, sponsored an American Canine Association Confirmation Show and Open Agility Contest at Mammoth Spring State Park, May 19 and 20.
Marlisa McAlmond, club Vice-President, was thrilled that the show had an impressive turn out of more than 50 dogs and dog owners. The club expected 20 to 30 dogs for its first event At the event, the ACA registered dogs for free, if the owner brought official papers. Children and adults from the surrounding area were invited to show their dogs, and compete in an agility contest. The event also provided a free class for 4-H kids, to give them tips on training their dogs. On Sunday afternoon, trophies were awarded to the overall, top seven dogs. A silent auction was also held during the show.
The event was a fundraiser to help the club with inspection fees, state fees, and continuing education. McAlmond explained that all licensed pet breeders must have contining education, and the ACA and Missoui Pet Breeder's Association hold seminars for the further education. Money raised at the show and future events will also be used to help in crisis situations, such as recent flooding in Poplar Bluff, Mo., and the tornado in Joplin, Mo. Funds will also go to local animal shelters.
The primary goal of a licensed kennel club is to keep everyone informed and educated. The Ozarks Country Kennel Club, which was approved in January, serves Oregon and Howell counties and surrounding areas.
The community supported the Ozarks Country Kennel Club by donating items for the silent auction. Hirsch's, Fin to Fur, Thayer Farm Supply, Thayer Wal-Mart Relay for Life team, Langley's, and MFA Oil (West Plains and Houston), were supporters of the weekend activities.
The Ozarks Country Kennel Club wants to shine a positive light on dog breeders through community service. It plans to donate a puppy each year to the St. Jude Radio-a-thon, which is then bought and donated to a child at St. Jude's. Members also take dogs to the nursing home to visit the residents.
The Ozarks Country Kennel Club would like to thank everyone who supported the first dog show and thank the Mammoth Spring State Park for being fantastic hosts. Another show is planned for the fall.
Anyone wanting to learn more about The Ozarks Country Kennel Club can visit its website at http://www.ozarkscounrykennelclub.com. The Ozarks Country Kennel Club meets the first Thursday of every month at the Hirsch Feed and Farm Supply in West Plains, Mo., at 6 p.m.
More photos from the show can be found on page 7A of this week's edition of The South Missourian and page 7B of The News.