82nd annual Vancouver Island Dog Fanciers show a family event

Show an excellent place to get dog breed information — or just be entertained.

  • May. 21, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Ina Bureau

Kids and families are encouraged to come out to the 82nd annual Vancouver Island Dog Fanciers Association’s dog show this weekend, but please, leave your own dog at home.

“It’s just a distraction for the registered dogs,” said Ina Bureau, president of the association.

“We’re hoping that people who are looking for something fun and inexpensive to do with their kids, we’re hoping they’ll come,” said member and longtime Airedale breeder and trainer Joanne Helm.

The show will feature four All-Breed Championship shows, plus various obedience, agility and rally shows throughout the weekend.

Obedience and agility are always entertaining, but rally is really where it’s at when it comes to having fun, says Helm.

“It’s the most fun of anything you do as an owner.”

A cross between obedience and agility, rally is fast-paced and clever, and is growing as a sport in the dog show world.

The show is also a great place to get more information about specific breeds, says Caren Holtby, also a member of the association.

“There will be breeders available to answer questions,” she said.

“Anyone who’s looking for a dog, it’s a good place to come,” added Bureau, “because it’s the creme de la creme of dogs.”

Not everything will be dog-related, said Helm. The show will also have a variety of vendors available — all selling people food — for families to indulge in.

The public are also encouraged to bring donations of pet food and supplies, as the association is collecting donations for Our Place in Victoria.

Many of the homeless people who come to use Our Place’s services have pets and often aren’t able to get pet food, said Bureau.

“And if the bag is open, they’ll still take it. So if your own dog tried a new food and turned up his nose at it, bring it.”

The show runs from May 22 to 24 at the Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stellys Cross Road in Saanichton.

Admission is free, and parking is available on the upper level of the fairgrounds.

For more information, including a detailed schedule of when specific breeds will be shown, visit bcdogshowservicesltd.ca.

Just Posted

Tomato planting controversy inspires Victoria author’s book on transforming cities

Woman behind the Collinson street mural pens third book

Stem cell donor with rare genetic makeup needed to save Saanich man after cancer returns

Jeremy Chow is half Canton Chinese, half British and needs a donor with a similar ethnic background

Victoria Humane Society needs volunteers after flood of puppies and kittens

Pregnant cats, dogs and their litters are in need of foster care

Police identify man found dead in Saanich, seek his backpack and shoes

Investigators seek shoes, backpack that Andrew Michael Sidor was seen wearing

Disney Plus to launch in Canada in November

Analysts say latest streaming service may escalate cord cutting

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

Okanagan bus driver assaulted for asking patron not to smoke

59-year-old in hospital with non-life threatening injuries

B.C. sets rules for ride hailing, same minimum fee as taxis

Larger operating areas seen as threat by cab companies

Two hiking families team up to extinguish fire in B.C. backcountry

Children and their parents worked for three hours to ensure safety of the popular hiking region

Police seek tips in 2015 death of Island teen Brown

Four years has passed since the body of Penelakut Island woman was discovered

Vancouver man arrested after pregnant woman’s SUV stolen, then crashed

Police are recommending charges against a 22-year-old Vancouver man

Elections Canada to assess ‘partisan’ climate change rhetoric case by case

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier has said climate change is not an emergency nor caused by human

Most Read