Toys, toys and more toys were immediately evident at this year's Kern County Kennel Club dog show, held at the fairgrounds on March 28 & 29. What wasn't evident were any of the local rescue groups or dog activity groups. Maybe with the economic downturn they didn't have the funds in their coffers to be able to attend. If that's the case, it's too bad, as these events are the perfect opportunity for dog enthusiasts to share their passion with other, and a chance for the public to get a little up close and personal with some of the groups who are diligently trying to reduce the number of homeless pups in Kern County. I missed seeing them.
On the other hand, I also missed seeing...people. While my husband and I were there, it looked like fewer than 200 people were in attendance as visitors. Maybe that's another reflection on the economy, but since we spent all of $10 for parking and admission, I just want to let people know they missed out on a gorgeous day full of equally stunning dogs. My apologies in advance for the sad photo quality. I've really got to learn how to properly take a picture.
This young Afghan was busy getting buffed and puffed prior to ringtime. Such a beauty!
I caught a brief shot of the gaggle of Goldens, having just exited the ring.
This Beardie was busy getting some finishing touches before heading off for judging.
The Bouviers were being judged as we passed by. Despite their teddy bear looks, these are some seriously protective dogs.
A Saluki and a Whippet taking a snooze in one of the vendor's booths.
A Miniture Schnauzer waits for his moment in the ring.
A Westie busy getting beautified.
A Whippet patiently waits amid all of the ruckus in the exihibition hall.
Two of the sweetest Cavilier King Charles Spaniels of the day.
As you can see, our own critters got in a good snooze while we fawned over some other pets for a change.