First of all I want to apologize for not posting updates more frequently and keeping you up to date. Please be assured that when you don’t hear from me, the cause is that we are busy trying to get the show ready for August. We have met with many of the clubs using Zoom and are encouraged by the enthusiasm of those that are attending. We recently met with both the Working Dog Club and the Sporting Dog Club and they are moving forward with their plans for the show along with the individual specialty clubs we have met with. OKC is currently working on the Covid-19 guidelines for the show. As I have communicated to many of you we will plan for the worse case scenario and write the guidelines based on that premise, but at this time expect that we will be into Phase 4 of the Washington plan by mid-July and our guidelines and recommendations will change based on National, State, County, City and Expo Center requirements at that time. We are in constant contact with all entities to assure that we are prepared to proceed when Phase 4 becomes active. As we have told clubs as we meet with them, there will be limitations on social gatherings at this show. Some of the activities from prior years just will not be possible this year. As a result of this, there have been some suggestions made that some of you may want to consider. The normal banquets and meetings are not encouraged. If you wish to do some sort of meal, the suggestion is that you consider ordering box lunches and maintain social distancing in a group area such as the RV parking areas where members can spread out and maintain that social distancing. If you want to do a raffle, it can still be done, but will have to be an online raffle. Tables will not be provided for this type of activity at the show because it would be difficult to maintain social distancing and there is no way to control how many people handle the item or how to sanitize the items up for raffle. We are attempting to come up with some ideas for fun activities or competitions for the folks attending the shows that will provide some distractions and enjoyment in addition of the the joy of being able to have a dog show and see our friends. I think we are all ready for fun so lets come up with some ideas. Let me know what you think you and your club might enjoy.
Liz Swearingen Chris Lyden
President, Olympic Kennel Club Show Chairman, Olympic Kennel Club
OKC Specialty Coordinator
RV Parking Chair
Enumclaw and Buckley can still ban “dangerous breeds,” but individual dogs that pass a class must be exempted from the ban.
Tonight's board meeting has been postponed due to weather conditions
Showing dogs is a great sport where the thrill of competition is combined with the joy of seeing
beautiful dogs. Dog shows are one of many types of AKC dog events in which AKC-registered dogs cancompete. These events, which draw more than three million entries annually, include dog shows and tests of instinct and trainability, such as obedience trials, Canine Good Citizen® tests, field trials, agility trials, lure coursing, hunting tests, herding trials, tracking tests, and coon-hound and earthdog events.
Dog shows (conformation events) are intended to evaluate breeding stock. The size of these events ranges from large all-breed shows, with over 3,000 dogs entered, to small local specialty club shows, featuring a specific breed. The dog’s conformation (overall appearance and structure), is an indication of the dog’s ability to produce quality puppies.
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