Dogs of all breeds descend upon Lebanon for AKC dog show

Angie Mayes • Oct 15, 2017 at 10:28 PM

Nearly 840 dogs, their owners, groomers and handlers took part in the Tri-Star Kennel AKC Dog Show last weekend in Lebanon.


Thomas Wright, chairman of the dog show, said the club has held 10 shows in all, but this was the first one in Lebanon, at the Wilson County Expo Center.

People from 40 states and four countries – Denmark, Great Britain, Mexico and Canada – trekked to Lebanon for the three-day show, which, like other American Kennel Club shows, named best in breed and best in show.

All breeds of dogs, from the Puli to the beagle, from the Neapolitan mastiff to the Labrador retriever, the dogs were rested, groomed and led to the competition area.

Wright said the club enjoyed holding the event in the Expo Center.

“We have the Puli National and the Neapolitan Mastiff National this year,” he said. “This is our first time at this beautiful building. We’re really thrilled. We have so much opportunity for growth.”

The Puli is a dog with corded hair, and is well known in Denmark. It is a Hungarian breed, known for its herding and livestock guarding.

The Neapolitan mastiff is a large dog with wrinkles and folds that attracted many people. Among them was show emergency medical technician Scott Reinard. He stopped to pet dog Dorian Gray, one of many of the breeds on hand last weekend.

Nancy Johnson was at the event with Amelia, a 5-month-old Labrador retriever. She said while it’s hard to train a puppy because they are so active, the more practice they get, the better they are.

“It’s a long process, but all the practice helps,” said Johnson, who has been involved with shows for more than 30 years.

Judy Russell, president of Tri-Star Kennel Club, said people were happy at this year’s event.

“We’re really thrilled with the room, the parking and RV spaces,” she said.

For more information about the club or future shows, visit tri-starkennelclub.com.

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