Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on October 20, 1974 · Page 9
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 9

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Sunday, October 20, 1974
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The hardware--silver bowls and' trays--given as priies at the match, doesn't seem.«o interest the dog, though no doubt if one of the bowls were filled with food, he might find the prize more tohis taste. Dogs: Just People In Disguise Gene 1 Mauller, of Joplin, literally has his hands full of French poodles. The fluffed-up poodles have to be held ctill before their judging, lest they shake down their bouffant fur styles, Mauller said. Story and.Photos by Rick Pendergn Sheron Harkey, of Fayetfeville, helped keep the 1 retards at a scorer's fable in the obedience trials, while McKeever, her Scottish te'rrier, attended her. Pert, prim little women sit quietly holding their pert, prim little dogs as big, lumbering men stagger by, pulled at the end of a leash by big, lumbering dogs. The images are limitless and often comical at a dog show and illustrate that the adage is ever proving itself: dogs look like their masters, o r - vice versa. The Northwest Arkansas Kennel Club last week sponsored an American Kennel Club s a n c t i o n e d match a n d obedience trial, a contest pitting dog against dog in both obedience and looks. The dogs are all purebred, pedigree show dogs, raised for just, these purposes, though in almost all cases, the animals double as pets. One of the few exceptions to that rule is when the animal is show stock for a commercial kennel, interested in making a profit by selling puppies and breeding services. But despite their royal lineage and often, rather bizarre monikers -- Dan Dee Offshore Tiny ,Tim or Tasmin's Beta Kafcus Kate or perhaps Ferndale's Bad Bad LeRoy Brown-they still remain dogs at heart. They sometimes snarl at each other, often decide to go investigate something across the room, dragging, handlers under tables, across chairs and through show rings, and, of course, keep the forlorn youngster busy with the scoop and broom. The dogs seem to enjoy the hectic 'goings-en, if indeed dogs can enjoy such things. The children attending the show certainly enjoy the affair. One little boy, in .a fit of exuberance, was even seen to make a full flying tackle of a Great Dane. The dog, which never lost .its balance, merely sniffed, · looked annoyed and walked away. Of course some of the dogs looked as if they "should of stood in bed." These are the toys: the poodles and the 1 Pekingese and some other furry creatures, doomed to man's (or, most likely, woman's) misguided' ideas of beauty-bouffant fur . styles, powder, ribbons and eye makeup. In all fairness, though, it must be pointed out that these again are the exceptions ' to the general rule. Most of the dogs at the show ere healthy, down-to-earth dogs who look as though one false move witb a pair of clippers and look out, buddy. For instance, try cutting a German Shepherd like a poodle. Or Iry powdering a Doberman's face. Perhaps adorn a Great Dane with pink ribbons? Doubtless these noble hounds would eye such plans with disdain, and who in his (or her) right mind cares' to take on a disdainful , Great Dane? Overall, the impression given the inexperienced visitor to such a gathering is that the dogs, as a group, take things with greater calm than do the people. As a matter of fact, by comparing the canine's demeanor with that of the bipeds in attendance, one might think the dogs could run such a show just as well without any human help. Also curious to the inexperienced visitor is the fact that so many different types, sizes and shapes of dags can be gathered under one roof without c o n s t a n t skirmish. Glen Shackleford, chairman of the match, said serious dog fights at such matches are rare, mostly because the handlers Brian, left, and Andy Shulstad, sons of Dr. and Mrs. Bob Shulsrad, of Fayeftevilie, quickly made friends with a pug puppy offered for sale ai the' match. know how to avoid such un- pleasantries, not because of any lack of interest among the dogs. He said it also depends greatly on the weather and conditions at (he match site. If , the building is hot, stuffy and crowded, the potential for pugilism among grumpy dogs is as great as it is among grumpy people in hot, stuffy and crowded places. But generally, happy dogs -are pacifists, interested only in the next meal and a place to recline, be they grand champion show dogs or Sam. t h e beagle who wanders through ihe neighborhood, calling door to door for leftovers as payment for being the local security patrol. So really, they're just l i k e people, because aren't we all just looking for a meal and a place to lie down? The top three winners of the match are, from left, Dee's Babe' of Manahtow, a Siberian husky, in obedience, owned by Kerry Karsch, of Tulsa; Jerec's Chi Chi, a lhasa Apso, top adult, owned by Jerec Kennels, Kansas City, and Nancy's Ptxo T. Diablo's Baby, a chihuahua puppy,, owned by Nancy Enslehart, of Alexander, Ariz.

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