Dog show gets record entries

DOGS of all shapes and sizes strutted their stuff at the Eaglehawk and Bendigo Kennel Club dog shows over the weekend.

Beagles, golden retrievers and pugs were among some of the dogs to grace the stage at the Exhibition Centre at the Prince of Wales Showgrounds.

The weekend consisted of four different shows put on by the Eaglehawk and Bendigo kennel clubs.

Eaglehawk and Bendigo kennel clubs secretary Carol Hobday said that this year there was a record number of entries for the show.

“We are very, very pleased,” she said.

“We had a good panel of judges and they finished the show early. There were around 2500 entries, which is really good.”

Ms Hobday said exhibitors from as far as Western Australia had travelled to take part the in the competition in Bendigo.

“We have had exhibitors from South Australia, New South Wales and from Western Australia,” she said.

Sharon Murray and her Shih Tzu Bohbi travelled from Western Australia to compete in the competition.

“Bendigo has got four shows and at home there was none on this weekend,” she said.

Ms Murray said she came to the show with her friend Maria Holland and her Keeshond, Axsol.

Ms Murray said she had been to dog shows all over Australia.

“It gives you the opportunity to connect with your dog,” she said.

“I have only got the one but he is my best friend.”

Eaglehawk Kennel Club president Betty Alexander said the shows, which have been running for 63 years, went smoothly.

“It has run beautifully,” she said.

“Everyone really enjoyed it.”

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