Barktoberfest, the annual dog show sponsored by the Sierra-Tuolumne Kennel Club Inc., took place at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp on Oct. 16-17, and it did not disappoint. 

There were 717 beautifully groomed canine representatives of 130 breeds competing in seven categories, each winner vying for best of show within their breed. 

Breeds ranged from the familiar to the exotic, including Icelandic sheepdogs, Swedish vallhunds, Tibetan terriers and Belgian Tervuren.

The weekend’s events included obedience and rally trials, a puppy competition sanctioned by the American Kennel Club, dock diving and junior showmanship competition. 

Dogs are classified according to seven groups: sporting, herding, toy, working, non-sport, terrier and hound. The best of each group went on to compete in the best of show according to the breed standard.

Sandra LaFlame traveled to the show from her home in Redding with her 15-month-old English cocker spaniel, Hank, who was one of 48 entries — the most of any breed competing in the show. 

Jeremiah Paul and his wife, Christine, of Fresno, brought their three Shih Tzus, with Jeremiah Paul stating that “it is my wife’s hobby” and “I am just the helper.” 

Thirty-one puppies from 24 different breeds or varieties competed in the AKC-sanctioned 4-to-6-month-old puppy competition judged by Barry Leece, of Peralta, New Mexico. 

Grayson Rohfler, 7, of Clovis, said he was looking forward to competing in the junior showmanship competition with his pup, Ellie, a 2-year-old papillon. It would be Ellie’s first competition. 

Rohfler’s sister, Addison, 5, said that she was looking forward to competing someday, too.

The kennel club is a nonprofit group and provides training, classes and donations to the Humane Society and law enforcement dogs in both Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. 

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