Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bits of Life :: Harrisburg All-Breed Dog Show (April 09)

The kids had off school today (a very LONG Easter break this year!) so we headed off to the Harrisburg Farm Show Complex for a dog show that runs today through Sunday. Our daughter LOVES dogs, and we rescued a wonderful chocolate lab mix, Henry, who has been with us nearly two years. She is very interested in dog breeds and would love to someday be a junior dog handler. The show was not crowded so the owners and handlers were very willing to let the kids pet the dogs and share some information about the breed. We had a fabulous time and may have to go back on Saturday. I couldn't resist posting some images here, so enjoy these loveable pups!

The Adorable Jack Russell

I don't know why, but I love this image...maybe it's his concentration

The Price of Beauty

The kids and I could barely resist hugging these perfectly groomed Siberians,
but I know their handlers would have freaked after all the detailed brushing!

Sweetest dogs ever...Greater Swiss Mountain dog...I want one!!!

GSM "Honey" taking her turn around the ring...

Admittedly, I am not a fan of small pooches, but Miss Georgiette sat sooo pretty for a portrait

Australian Cattle dog...another one to take home, if I lived on a farm!

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