By Staten Island Advance
Photo: Advance File Photo”Hunter,” a fox terrier runs the ‘Excellent Standard’ course at last year’s Staten Island Kennel Club’s All-Breed Dog Show.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Staten Island Kennel Club President Kay Pisile said the group will hold its 106th annual Dog Show on Saturday and Sunday.
The event will take place at the College of Staten Island’s Sports and Recreation Center, Willowbrook, for the second year in a row, running from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.
This year’s show will feature judges from Ohio, Connecticut and New Jersey, as well as Long Island and Staten Island.
They will have to judge more than 400 dogs representing 98 breeds over the two-day event. Categories include rally, obedience, best in show, agility testing and others.
The winner of the Best in Show has the opportunity to be entered in the Westminster Dog Show in February.
The Staten Island Kennel Club, which was founded in 1905, is focused on a sense of community and not just of dog lovers. They are trying to break away from the old conformation of dog shows.
“We want people to appreciate and love dogs,” said a spokeswomen for the club “but we also want it to be a community event.”
The dog show isn’t just for show; families find it to be a great outing. Children especially love to see the dogs perform in the agility course, where the pooches run through tunnels, scale seesaws and jump through hoops.
Specialty foods will be available. All judging will take place indoors in the air conditioning. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children under 12.