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Dog Shows in a New Era, Part 2: Welcome Back
By Jess Pearson
Photos by Elizabeth Melzer & Anita Eley
Our sport made a come back two weeks ago with the completion of The Learning Cluster in Guthrie Oklahoma, hosted by the Southern Handlers Charity League, Onforio, and the local clubs. What a weekend it was!

Two different dogs of different breeds both set new records in the same weekend! On the first day of the cluster, it was Siberian Huskey, GCHP CH Sharin Nick of Dynasty RC Kennel, bred and owned by Hsu Wen Tang and presented by Michelle Scott, who became the top winning Best in Show Siberian of all time. Nick, as he is better known as, was selected Best of Breed by Cledith Wakefield, Group First by James Moses, and Best in Show by Louis Sosa.

The very next day, Boxer Wilma (GCHP2 Cinnibons Bedrock Bombshell, bred by Bonnie Wagaman, owned by Keith & Cheryl Robbins, Bonnie Wagaman, and Deborah Caywood) and handler Michael Shepherd, tied the Best in Show record for Boxers. She was chosen Best of Breed by Cledith Wakefield Group First by Louis Sosa and Best in Show by John Cole. On the third day of the cluster, Wilma topped her win off by beating that record by being selected as James Moses’ Best in Show. She was selected as the breed and group winner by Garry Newton.
    
The Learning Cluster proved one thing: dog show fanciers and exhibitors are ready to go back to dog shows. With mask requirements in place, an abundance of hand sanitizer and cleaning, and social distancing, club members and exhibitors alike put their best foot forward to making this show a success.

As we embark on our journey back to the “new normal,” let’s always remember to be kind to one another, no matter their opinion. Some people are ready for shows to start, while others remain at home. Whichever exhibitors choose, please be kind and respectful of their decisions. Remember that everyone working at these shows are volunteers, and let’s not forget what this is all about: the dogs.