Trainers Show Off Their Canines for Title of Best in Show


All types of canines were on display this weekend, from Golden Retrievers to Pugs at the 2013 AKC All Breed Dog Show, Obedience & Rally Trials.

These dog trainers primped, fed and blow-dried their pooches for a chance to catch the ultimate title of "Best in Show".

One of the trainers, Sandy Dunaway from Holdrege, said she was warming up Maven, her Bernese Mountain dog, for the national competition.

"Hope we win best of breed which we did today and then next time we'll be going to the group ring where they evaluate all the dogs to their standard," said Dunaway.

There were even some out-of-state trainers like Dawn Craig from Colorado who came to show off her Poodle named Rocky.

"To be able to compete with a breed like this and be competitive -- it gives you a lot of self-satisfaction," said Craig.

This event, hosted by the Grand Island Kennel Club, had its second year in the Exhibition building at Fonner Park.

"The word is getting out. When you've been off the circuit for eight years it's hard for people to get back in," said Chairwoman of the Grand Island Kennel Club Caroline Buettner. "Generally they plan their whole year in advance and know what shows they're going to go to but because more people are coming in they're telling everybody how wonderful this facility is, how much room we have and then we end up getting more so that's what we want."

There were 28 states represented at the show this year.