Many of today’s most popular family dogs, like the golden retriever, were originally bred as hunting companions. Others, like heelers and border collies, have been used to herd sheep and cattle for generations.
If you’ve never had the chance to see working dogs in action, be sure to check out Dogs With Jobs at the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo Grounds in Barriere July 29 and 30.
“This is our second year of what we hope will become an annual event,” says Brenda Wilson, co-founder of the North Thompson Stock Dog Association and one of the event’s primary organizers. “The event was well received last year and we anticipate the same enthusiasm this year. Dogs With Jobs is an opportunity to celebrate working breeds and educate the community that these dogs are so much more than just companions.”
This two-day special event includes a variety of demonstrations, clinics and a trade show. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to see your favourite breeds doing what they love!
Cattle Dog Trial:
Watch as handlers and their dogs move cattle through an obstacle course and race against the clock to earn points and compete for the best time, proving themselves as top dog in this amazing show of team work.
Hoping to participate? It’s not to late to enter but spots are almost full! Call Brenda Wilson at 778-208- 7513 for more details.
Working Dog Demos:
While many working breeds now ‘work’ primarily as man’s (and women’s) best friends, plenty of pups are out there working hard to keep us safer. Catch the following demonstrations throughout the weekend as well:
- Agility Demo
- Search and Rescue Demo
- Drug Detection Demo
- Dog Pulling Demo
- Gun Dog Demo
- and more!
A trade show featuring local crafts and food vendors round out the weekend Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for students/seniors, and kids under 10 are free! Tickets will be available for purchase at the gates.