Almost 800 dogs and their owners will strut their stuff this weekend at the annual Bonanza Kennel Club of Carson City Dog Show.
The event will be held at Fuji Park off the corner of Highway 395 and Clear Creek Road. Pooches and their trainers will be participating in handling, showmanship, and obedience competitions 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Admission is free to spectators, but personal pets are not allowed on competition grounds. The only dogs allowed on site will be those who are part of the show.
“We’ve had a lot of extra work to pull together this year… We’re really looking forward to having everyone here,” said Candy Roper, president of the Bonanza Kennel Club in Carson City.
The kennel club’s dog show has been an annual event since 1989, but the pandemic put the 2020 competition on hold. Roper told the Appeal over the phone that it’s been difficult getting back into the swing of things with that two-year gap between shows. The club has lost a handful of their longest standing members – Tom Wise, Sieg Goepner, and Bob Newman.
While he was with the club, Goepner held almost every leadership position the kennel club had to offer, and Bob Newman served as treasurer for more than 20 years.
As for Wise, “Tom was one of those guys who didn’t hold an office but was always there when you needed him,” Roper said.
The Bonanza Kennel Club is dedicating their 2021 shows to the memory of Wise, Goepner and Newman.
“We’re really happy to be able to get back to offering a show,” Roper said.