Karen Mammano trims up Alaska, an 18-month-old golden retriever, at the Michigan Winter Dog Classic in Novi on Friday. The show continues at the Suburban Collection Showplace through Sunday with hundreds of breeds and their handlers at the annual event. (Photos by David Coates / The Detroit News)
Novi— Thousands of people — and dogs — on Friday attended the Michigan Winter Dog Classic, which runs through Sunday at the Suburban Collection Showplace.
Among them was Roxanne Robertson of Charlotte, who was handling two cavalier King Charles spaniels, a Scottish deerhound and a Rottweiler puppy.
“I have a kind of a light load today,” she said. “But that’s OK.”
Roberston, 53, also bred another Rottweiler that’s with her husband in Florida this weekend, preparing for the Westminster Kennel Club show in February.
This weekend’s show will feature more than 7,000 dogs from more than 160 breeds taking part in traditional obedience, conformation and agility competitions. Other attractions include breed seminars, educational demonstrations and a pack of border collies displaying their duck-herding skills.
“Our show is all events under one roof,” said Alan Dorfman, show chairman.
Cynthia Kranz, 57, said the vendors were a big draw. “I’ve already spent about one hundred bucks and it’s still early,” she said.
Kranz attended the show Friday with her husband, Jeff, and her 6-year-old Belgian Malinois service dog, Jami.
“She mainly helps me with my mobility,” said Kranz, who uses a wheelchair. “Her favorite — and my favorite — is she helps me do the laundry.”
The trio traveled to the show from Mason. The trip was worth it. “I love coming to dog shows to see the different breeds,” she said. “It’s just fun to come and watch, sit and relax and talk to people.”
The show continues from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. today and Sunday. Guests can bring their own dogs both days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for “My Dog Can Do That!” agility and obedience sessions with American Kennel Club trainers.