Dogs show off looks and skills

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ERIE, Pa. — More than 1,000 dogs put their best paw forward at the 111th annual Erie Kennel Club Dog Show.

The two-day all-breed dog show also featured obedience and rally trials at the Bayfront Convention Center.

“This is my first show dog. I’ve owned dogs my whole life. I’ve owned terriers. This is my first Glen of Imaal terrier and she’s doing really well with showing,” said Brian Lorek; of Painesville, Ohio. He says bringing his award-winning dog to shows has some added perks for the family.

“She has quite a few titles, and we really enjoy her, my wife and I. It’s a good hobby for both of us. We can both go places and meet nice people.”

The criteria for judging dogs is based on an ideal, standard for each breed.

“What this is are people showing their dogs to the expert judges to determine our best breeding stock,” said Carol Maxwell, co-chair for the Erie Kennel Club.

The event attracted people from across the country.

“They come from a long way. This is a beautiful show, and they love this venue. It’s so lovely, and the hotels: the Sheraton, the new Marriott are really a bonus for everybody,” said Maxwell.

The century-old event continues to grow each year.

“It’s really fun. I like having fun with my friends and also enjoying my time with the dogs,” said Lorek.

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