Castlegar and area celebrates the love of dogs

Thirty-ninth annual West Kootenay Kennel Club show coming up

WKKC Planner Donna Konkin with some special friends.

Whoever the dog-lover was who coined the phrase: ‘man’s best friend,’ was pretty close to the mark. The only revision would be ‘man, woman and kids’ best friend.’

Yes, we all love our dogs and there are a million reasons why.

The West Kootenay Kennel Club has been celebrating purebred dogs for the past four decades and is holding an event in Castlegar Friday through Sunday, August 16-18 at the Castlegar Community Church field. It’s up the hill near Kinnaird Park.

“This year we will be hosting our 39th Annual All Breed Dog Show and Obedience and Rally Obedience trials,” says club planner Donna Konkin. “Over the years the dog show has been held in various locations throughout the area.”

It’s fascinating to see this wide variety of dogs, especially when they’re put to the test in their various trials. The public is welcome to come out and enjoy the spectacle. These competitors don’t see any difference between themselves and world champions and neither would a casual observer.

The West Kootenay Kennel Club encourages interested folks to join the group which currently stands at 28 members. The club meets monthly, is governed by the Canadian Kennel Club, and currently has 20 beautiful breeds represented.

“We support each other in all aspects of training and just enjoying the time we spend with our dogs,” says Konkin who, in 2012, earned the distinction of ‘Owner/Handler of the Year.’

Keep this August 16-18 event in mind and if you want more information, please contact Shirley Hubel at 250-365-7038 or email

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