Dog show entries amaze and delight club president

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A total of 2,022 dogs were entered at the Calgary Kennel and Obedience Club All Breed Dog Show held in Olds, which was well around the target of 450

OLD — Calgary Kennel and Obedience Club President Della Kync says participating in the May all-breed dog show gives her hope for the future.

A total of 2,222 dogs participated in the show, which was held May 6-9 at the Megadome on the Olds Regional Show Grounds.

During an interview, Kyncl said she had hoped the show would attract at least 450 “and we’ve exceeded that by a hundred dogs a day.”

She notes that the figure is not far off the 2,400 dogs entered in a show in Red Deer.

Kyncl says the show’s success is helping erase bitter memories of last year when a dog show held in early May was canceled “at the very last second” due to COVID restrictions.

“But COVID is touching all of our lives, right? Everything in our lives,” she said.

Last year’s show would have been the club’s first at its new home base at the regional exhibition in Olds.

“We love this place. The agricultural society, the people there are great. They help us in whatever we want,” Kyncl said.

For years, the Calgary Kennel and Obedience Club had its headquarters in Okotoks. However, Kyncl said they could no longer afford the rent.

“We were at the fieldhouse, which was a lovely, dog-perfect facility, but way too expensive,” she said.

Kyncl said they were happy at Olds and the town was a good central location for the club.

“I think maybe that’s why our numbers went up a bit,” she said.

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