FORT MYERS — The floors of the Lee County Civic center on Saturday and Sunday hosted the Annual Spring Dog Show of the Fort Myers Dog Club.
The floor was center stage for 900 dogs per day for two days, with 120 breeds competing. The competition was in two areas.
Comparison completion features dogs being judged on their breed standards and characteristics as evaluated by the American Kennel Association which judges the dogs. Dogs are judged on individual standards and then matched against other breed champions for best of all presentation.
In the second category the dogs are judged on Obedience in various categories. They must perform several challenges, and commands, and are evaluated on their performance in association with their trainers. In this competitive arena dogs must be able to stay on command independent of their trainers for extended periods and recover items by smell, in addition to performing other challenges.
Many attended the event to watch the many fine specimens of pure breed dogs on display for the competition. In addition to the main civic center building which featured the competition, a separate site was open for grooming. In order to conserve on overburdening the air and support systems a grooming center served as the beauty shop of the star dogs on display.
This year's show also featured a first time presentation of Parade of Rescue Dogs. This was to bring attention to the efforts and outcomes of rescue animal shelters and pure breed rescue organizations; fighting to provide shelter and new homes for abandoned dogs, pure breed and otherwise.
The show featured 7 pure breed dogs in a non-competitive showing that have been rescued and adopted by area patrons. For more information on other activities of the club they can be contacted at www.fortmyersdogclub.com for information on pure breed adoption www.akc.org