My friend, Jane, and I recently applied to the Twin Brooks Kennel Club. The President, Ruth and her husband, Donnie are our friends and of course, Jane's mother Marcia (Bedlington Terriers) was a member, too.
Next week is the club's big show which is really two shows, back to back, at the William G. Mennen Sports Arena, 161 Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960. If you have time, stop by and see the beautiful dogs and meet knowledgeable dog handlers and owners.
If you are looking for a purebred pooch to add to your family, this is the place to be. Take the time to meet some of the breeders, dog owners and handers who spend time breeding and working with these dogs. Dogs at the your local dog shows generally conform to the breed standard; are health tested; and are loved, cared for and socialized well.
If you see a breed that you are fond of, don't be shy ask a question. Just not right before the handler has to the dog in the show ring. And for those of you who do not have time to go to a show, check out the akc.org website and learn more about a breed in which you are interested. Breed clubs can put you in touch with breeders who have pups for sale.
Before buying a dog, do your research. Just don't purchase a $2000 mutt because it has a cute name like shih-chi.