By Lisa Coryell
WEST WINDSOR — The throngs of eager spectators were missing. The maze of vendors had packed up and left Mercer County Park.
But the dogs, owners and handlers at the center of the Trenton Kennel Club dog show on Sunday stayed on for one more day of competition yesterday.
Billed as the club’s 83rd Annual All Breed Dog Show, yesterday’s program yielded a familiar Best in Show winner, “Banana Joe V Tani Kazari,” an Affenpinscher from Brownsville, Pa., that took home top honors for a second consecutive day.
“It’s pretty amazing for the same dog to win Best in Show in back-to-back competitions,” marveled Stephanie Brocksbank, vice president of the Trenton Kennel Club.
Yesterday’s show featured more than 140 breeds, including some dogs that had not participated in Sunday’s competition.
“It was a laid back, calm day,” Brocksbank said. “No vendors, no crowds. Just quiet and lovely.”
The club decided to have back-to-back shows this year to give dogs, owners and handlers two chances to compete in the Northeast’s largest outdoor show.
The events also kicked off the spring and summer showing season with a bang, Brocksbank said.
“The owners and handlers want to get their dogs out into the ring to earn points,” she said. “And it’s a great way for the owners and handlers to get some practice in.”