Kingswoof Dog Show takes over Lakeside Park

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Dog-Show3  by Sylene Argent

The Civic Holiday went to the dogs on Monday morning as the Kingsville Lions Club hosted the 5th annual Kingswoof Dog Show at Lakeside Park.

Everyone was invited to bring along their furry companions for the event, which was hosted so families could have fun with the four-legged and furry members of their family. The event judges assessed entrants in each class in the show, which sought out the shaggiest canine, the best vocal performance, the best dancer, and the pup with the most interesting heritage. Prizes, healthy dog treats, trophies, and medallions were all up for grabs in this fun competition.Dog-Show2

The registration fee will be forwarded to benefit Leader Dogs and Lions Foundation of Canada’s Dog Guides programs.
Joyce Mahovlich, District Governor of Southwestern Ontario for the Lions Club, was ring-side during the show, helping to hand out prizes to participants. She was also available to talk about the Lions Foundation of Canada and its Dog Guides program, which is funded through the Foundation and raises six types of dogs to assist individuals in need, including for vision or hearing impairments, epilepsy alert, special skills to help those who are in wheelchairs, diabetes alert, and to aid those with autism.

The cost to train a dog through this program is around $20,000. The dogs are free to clients, who spend several weeks at the Oakville facility to ensure they are paired with the right dog.

Mahovlich said the dog show provided a great way to talk about the Dog Guides program.

Lion Val Burningham was also ringside to talk about the Leader Dog program, which is based in Michigan, but serves clients here. She noted this program provides dogs to those with vision impairments or vision and hearing impairments.

There is also no cost for this school for clients, which lasts 26 days. She said the dogs could cost up to $42,000 by the time they are ready to join their new companion.

Burningham noted three Lions members started the Leader Dogs program 77 years ago, and has been supported since its inception.

Clients of Leader Dogs and Dog Guides hosted demonstrations at the halfway mark to give participants and audience members an opportunity to learn more about the programs.

For more information about the Kingswoof Dog Show, log onto www.facebook/KingswoofDogShow.