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  • Putting on the dog

    Grooming is half the challenge in getting a win, say canine handlers competing at the Southern Oregon Kennel Club show this weekend
  • Dino the standard poodle, Casanova the English bulldog and Dirk the Clumber spaniel were among approximately 500 dogs to pack into the Jackson County Expo on Saturday to compete in the Southern Oregon Kennel Club dog show.
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      What: Southern Oregon Kennel Club dog show.
      When: Show continues today. Doors open at 8 a.m., show runs until 8 p.m.
      Where: Jackson County Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point.
      Admission: ...
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      If you go
      What: Southern Oregon Kennel Club dog show.

      When: Show continues today. Doors open at 8 a.m., show runs until 8 p.m.

      Where: Jackson County Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point.

      Admission: Free.
  • Dino the standard poodle, Casanova the English bulldog and Dirk the Clumber spaniel were among approximately 500 dogs to pack into the Jackson County Expo on Saturday to compete in the Southern Oregon Kennel Club dog show.
    The all-breed show gave competitors a chance to collect valued points to carry forward on the busy dog show tour.
    The show was broken into a traditional show arena that featured competition between classes of canines, such as herding dogs and terriers, and a nearby agility course for working dogs.
    Olivia Hodgkinson of Sacramento spent a large chunk of her Saturday grooming champion standard poodle Dino.
    "The grooming is the hardest part of showing this dog," she said.
    Dino strutted around the arena in a mane of well-coiffed black fur that rose above Hodgkinson's waist. As his official groomer, she worked quickly to trim and shape Dino's fur before his grand entrance.
    One would think Dino would be spoiled and aloof with the attention he gets at shows, but the entire affair is an act for him. When he's not competing, Dino resembles any other dog you'd see playing in a backyard or sniffing the ground during a walk.
    "When he's not here, he's just a regular dog," Hodgkinson said. "He likes to play and run through the mud."
    Dino would go on to win the poodle competition.
    Meanwhile, Dirk the Clumber, a spaniel with flowing white fur took fourth place in the sporting dog category.
    The easygoing dog stood patiently while his groomer toiled over his immaculate coat.
    Dirk's handler Raina Moss of Washington echoed Hodgkinson's claim about grooming.
    "It's especially hard in the Northwest to keep them clean," Moss said. "Because of the rain, mud gets in their fur."
    The show continues today with doors opening at 8 a.m. The show runs until 8 p.m. Admission is free.
    Several vendors are on hand selling canine-themed knickknacks and pet supplies.
    Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or email cconrad@mailtribune.com.
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