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All-breed show set for Saturday, Sunday at NIU Convocation Center

DeKALB – Hundreds of dogs will invade Northern Illinois University’s Convocation Center on Saturday – but there will be room for yours, too.

Diane Corkey, treasurer of the Kennel Club of Yorkville and chairman of Saturday’s All-Breed Dog Show and Obedience Trial, said there are more than 850 entries for the 64th annual event – although some are duplicates, with the same dog being entered multiple times. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, with doors opening at 7:30 both mornings. Admission is free, but it costs $5 to park.

Attendees can look forward to seeing dogs judged on their physique, agility and obedience, among other qualities.

No matter how agile, prim, proper or mangy your dog is, it also can get checked out by an eye doctor or a heart doctor, who will be on-site, Corkey said. It’s $40 for a drop-in appointment.

“The eye doctor will be there the whole time, but the heart doctor will only be there for the first part of the morning,” Corkey said.

You also can bring the humans of your pack and admire the wide range of dog breeds. Or, if you’re in the market for a dog, Corkey said the show is a great place to study.

“A lot of people are looking for a specific breed and whether it will fit in with their lifestyle,” she said. “Obviously, if you live in an apartment, you don’t want a Siberian husky.”

She said breeders do multiple screenings from vital organs to dogs’ hips, so you shouldn’t hesitate to approach breeders with questions – even if they seem preoccupied.

“They love to talk about their dogs,” she said.

The Greater DeKalb Kennel Club will host its 28th annual show starting July 7 at the Convocation Center, and if you think your pooch has what it takes to compete, you have until June 20 to enter it. Entry is $30 a dog. For information, call the event’s chairwoman, Ronnie Bizer of Maple Park, at 815-899-4335.

Corkey said various vendors also will be on-site this weekend, selling anything from antlers for dogs to chew on to sweaters for them in the fall, winter or the spring weather we’re dealing with.

She said the dog shows are great for kids, but the club always is looking to recruit more members. She said it’s gotten more difficult, with so much competition in people’s lives.

“They’ve just got so many other things on their plate that they don’t have room for another hobby,” she said.

Corkey is hoping for a good turnout Saturday – even with shows happening in Kansas, Wisconsin and Michigan.

“It all depends on which judges people like – that can dictate where they go,” she said.

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