Scores of dog entered in the annual show of the Columbia Kennel Club today, with final judging to take place tonight at the Township Auditorium, range from tiny dogs to giant canine, as these pictures show.
In the photograph above, Samuel E Harrison of Greenville holds one of his injuries, a Chihuahua weighing only one and one half pounds and carrying the name Jessie Enuff En-Je-Dusto. (Record photos by Jimmy Price.)
In this picture, Jon Winn, president of the Columbia Kennel Club, goes into a serious mood as he greets one of the great Danes entered. This massive dog appears extremely amicable.
A morose-looking Chow-Chow is shown here by Mrs. Almand Carroll of Doraville, Georgia. Champion Carrolland’s Lov-Li is one of three Chow-Chow Mrs. Carroll entered in the Columbia show.
AT THE AUDITORIUM
Title Dog Judging Goes on Tonight
Preliminary judging began this morning in the 16th annual all breed Dog Show sponsored by the Columbia Kennel Club in the Columbia Township Auditorium. Competition continued this afternoon, with the decisive judging scheduled for the finale tonight.
A total of 318 dogs from 27 states were here-many in big green boxes with their names lettered on the outside: others in unpretentious, smaller black carrying cases, and two Pomeranians luxuriously reclining on a green satin and lace pillows inside a fancy transparent plastic case. Among them were some of the nations top show dog.
The basement scene was an interesting, all around as ever. There were barks and yelps, of course, and guarded dogs both friendly and more serious-minded.
Some owners sat quietly, nervously stroking a sleek, shiny fur and whispering encouraging words. Others drink coffee and consulted dog-eared programs. But most of them preferred to sit out the waiting with fellow dog lovers, gathering together in small groups to exchange points on pointers and the other 50 breeds represented in the show.
One of the youngest exhibitors was 10-month-old Robert Wood of Lexington, South Carolina, here with his mother, Mrs. A. W. Woods. He showed two Keeshonds – Woods Kau-Coo, a name which he’s boiled down to Big Boy, and Kingleigh’s Allure, which have become in, Robert’s language, Lulu.
Among the veterans at the show was F. W. Conley of 1525 Denny Road, who has been exhibiting dogs 27 years. Today he brought three Keeshonds and an Afghan Hound. In his button hole Mr. Conley wears the emblem of the “Old timers of the Kennel Club.”
“That means” he says, “that you’ve been exhibiting dogs 27 years or more and it’s an international club. You know, people who exhibit dogs don’t do it for the money. They do it because they just naturally love dogs. There’s no money in it unless you have a champion and it will cost $300 to show a good dog 20 times to become a champion.”
why do people go in it for raising dogs and exhibiting them at shows like this? Mrs. J. B. Rotureau Jr. of Blaney has the answers for that.
“Well, it’s a sport for one thing. And then competition enters into it. And, of course, the love of the dogs I got my first Dachshund two years ago and I have 14 exhibited here today. We’re getting overcrowded with all the dogs and puppies. Why do I raise Dachshund? They’ve got character. They’re loyal, lovable dogs. They’ve easy to groom – all you do is cut their toenails and whiskers and they’re ready for a show- not the case with that poodle over there.”
Included in the show are several unusual breeds – a basset hound, which is making a big comeback in popularity, according to the show official; a solid black Swedish pointer – ” the first I’ve ever seen.” According to Bill Blackwell of 1303 Gladden, former president of the local kennel club; plus a Golden Retriever, Brittany Spaniels, Afghan hounds, Salukis, a whippet, Welsh Corgi, (Pembroke), Skye Terriers, Longhaired Dachshunds, and three kinds of poodles – Toy, Miniature and Standard.
Also on exhibit is the Cocker Spaniel judged “Best in Show” at this year’s Madison Square Garden Event.
“We’ve got the best quality dogs we’ve ever had.” commented Edgar A. Moss of Greensboro, who is superintending the show.
“it’s one of the nicest shows I’ve been to.” agreed C. A. Corbet of 1105 Beltline, an Americal Kennel Club licensed professional handler, “and this is the best buildings on the current dog show circuit.”