Middle Tennessee is going to the dogs, literally.
Dogs from the Nashville Kennel Club kicked off the four day event on Thursday, with 1292 dogs vying for the coveted Best in Show trophy.
GCh Mysharas Dancing Queen, an Australian Shepherd took top prize in the Herding Group, moving on to compete in the evenings Best in Show competition. The Non-Sporting Group saw a Standard Poodle named GCh Jaset’s Satisfaction take top Group honors. Others competing for top honors were GCh Jaset’s Satisfaction, a Poodle who won the Toy Group, Russel Terrier GCh Goldsand’s Columbus, named best in the Terrier Group and GCh Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, a Wire Haired Pointer who also competed in Friday's competition, was award top prize in the Sporting Group. GCh Topsfield-Sanchu Eenie Meenie Miney Moe, a Basset Hound won the Hound Group, while Boxer Ch Hi-Tech’s King Of Sherry Shoot JP not only winning the Working Group, but also taking home the grand prize by being named Best in Show.
On Friday, the Tullahoma Kennel Club Of Tennessee took the spotlight, proudly crowning a German Wirehaired Pointer owned by Victor Malzoni Jr Best in Show. After winning best in breed and best in Group, GCh Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, handled by Phil Booth, was considered the top dog out of the day's 1466 total entries. GCh Lightning Strike El Xargall, a Briard owned by Tommy and Merry Jeanne Milner and handled by Gretchen Conradt, was the runner up.
Results for Saturday's show are still pending.
The show, which runs through Sunday, March 10th, expects to have approximately 1,200- 2,000 dogs entered into the show each day. Shows begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until 4:30 p.m. each day.
The day begins with the Breed competitions each morning. Once the Best in Breeds are announced, the Group competitions begin in the afternoon. Each evening, the Best in Show winner is announced.
Besides the All Breed Confirmation Dog Show, this year's show featured a Junior Handling class Saturday afternoon, followed by a pizza party. Several vendors are also on hand, with items including collars and leashes, plus toys, grooming supplies, raw food and treats. Various dog related items such as jewelry, paintings, key chains and apparel are also available.
This year was the first time the show has a Kids & Kanine Korner, an area reserved for children who want to meet show dogs up close and personal.
The show continues through 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.