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Dogs put on a show

Right before showing a 2-year-old black and tan Doberman pincher at the specialty show at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on Friday, Wendy Bettis was busy grooming the dog, making sure he took the ring by storm.

Champion Kay O seemed relaxed with his handler, who meticulously wiped dirt off his eyes, talked to him and fed him treats.

Bettis is one of the hundreds of canine owners and handlers who are in town from across the western United States, and as far east as Illinois, for the eighth annual Gold Country Kennel Club All-breed Dog Show.



Bettis’ parents and her husband are all professional handlers from Southern California and are showing dogs every day of the show that started Friday and continues through Sunday.

“It’s just a beautiful country up here,” Bettis, 39, said. “Dog shows are normally at fairgrounds but most don’t have trees like this one has. It’s a bit warm here this time of the year, but the shades of these pine trees are nice.”




Bettis and her parents are staying in mobile homes and trailers at the fairgrounds.

Her youngest son, Nathan, celebrates his fourth birthday today.

Bettis is showing 10 dogs during the show, including a bearded collie, Dobermans, Boston terriers and her 2-year-old boxer, Bosco, who ranks eighth in his breed in America, she said.

“I was five when my mom and dad got our first show dog, a black and tan Doberman,” she said. “Today, we do shows almost every weekend of the year.”

Bettis’ father, Ron Mattson, 62, is handling eight dogs at the show, including bull mastiffs, Ibizan hounds and whippets. He’s also showing his own pet pooch, a 4-month-old, chocolate-colored Doberman called LB.

LB evidently isn’t at ease in the close proximity of other dogs, because he has no “siblings,” Mattson said. “But he is great with people, and has to be able to stand still so that a judge can examine him,” he added.

Mattson has been showing dogs full-time since 1991, he said. He’s attended the Gold Country Kennel Club show for the past six years, he added.

“This is a decent show ground, though it’s a little warm here,” Mattson said. “But we have a good parking spot and power to keep on the air-conditioning. The most important thing is to take care of the dogs.”

About 1,770 dogs from 156 different breeds have entered the show this year, said Chuck Teasley, president of the Gold Country Kennel Club. This year, the breeds with the maximum participants are the Labrador Retrievers, followed by the Boston terriers, Dobermans and Siberian Huskies.

The all-breed show will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday, said Susan Shaw-Teasley, one of the judges of the show and Chuck Teasley’s wife.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.


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