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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — The Hanover Kennel Club, Inc is pleased to announce that it will hold its 106th & 107th annual AKC licensed all-breed dog shows in Wilmington on Saturday & Sunday, October 12-13, 2013 at Legion Stadium on Carolina Beach Road. Approximately 500 dogs will compete for the coveted Best in Show prize, which is a donation to the local Humane Society in the name of the dog’s owner.

The club is also offering free dog handling classes on Thursday evenings at Hugh MacRae park.

“We are delighted to welcome spectators back to the Hanover Kennel Club’s annual dog shows in Wilmington,” said John Boozer, show chairman of Hanover Kennel Club. “Not only is this a fun activity for families but it is the perfect place to talk to breed experts about topics such as training, grooming and the right breed for your lifestyle. An AKC dog show is also a great place to start your search for a responsible breeder.”

Free dog show tours will be offered each day at 11am and 1pm. A Canine Good Citizen Test will be offered on Saturday, Oct 12, from 11am until 1pm. Tarheel Treats will sell their famous refreshments, and vendors will have a wide array of dog related items for sale. Spectators are welcome and admission is free. Show hours are from 9am to approximately 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Under American Kennel Club rules, dogs not entered in the show are NOT allowed on the show grounds.

A schedule of when each breed will be judged each day will be posted on-line at: www.hanoverkennelclub.net, approximately 2 weeks prior to the shows.

Originally organized in 1938, the non profit Hanover Kennel Club is the only American Kennel Club licensed dog club East of I-95 in North Carolina. To further its mission of promoting responsible dog ownership, the club participates in and supports many dog related activities, including public education on dog safety in the schools and in the community. Other activities include sponsoring Canine Good Citizen tests, contributions to New Hanover County Animal Services building fund and spay/neuter clinic fund, providing bullet proof vests for local law enforcement canines and supplies for the military dogs at Camp Lejeune. HKC members also volunteer with the local Humane Society and other rescue organizations.
For more information on how to enter a dog (must enter 3 weeks prior to show), how to obtain training locally for the show or Canine Good Citizen Test, or to join the Hanover Kennel Club, contact:

John R Boozer, III
Show Chairman, Hanover Kennel Club, Inc.
(910) 791-3950 home

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