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Dog show brings stiff competition to Rothschild

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A long-running dog show in Rothschild attracted people from across the nation this weekend.

Organizers said although attendance has dropped over the years, there's still some stiff competition.

For 50 years, owners have been showing off their prized animals at the Paper Cities Kennel Club Dog Show.

"It's a fun sport, it's a sport that you can enjoy for yourself and for your dog," said Todd Orthmann, Paper Cities Kennel Club President.

Organizers said the show attracts people of all ages and backgrounds and features more than 500 pure-bred dogs.

"You have to work with the dog, training it to do a whole variety of things, and then you have to show the dog also, and then you have to have a certain amount of luck to get through the thing," said Orthmann.

14-year-old Samantha Van Buren came from the Twin Cities with 2 Chihuahuas.

She's one of the more than 1,000 people taking part in the dog show.

"It's really about which dog conforms most to the standard, and junior showmanship is about who handles their dog the best," said Van Buren.

She started competing in the event two years ago.

"I found my first Chihuahua which she's now a grand champion," said Van Buren.

Van Buren said she's learned a lot about competing and how to create a sense of trust.

"Better with dogs and how to handle them and approach them, especially with smaller dogs that are scared of people," said Van Buren.

Although organizers said the number of competitors has dropped in the show's 50-year history, many competitors still find a way to take part in the sport.

"It probably has tapered off and we're not really sure why, if it's partly because people aren't as interested in dogs as they used to be, or might be the economy and the cost of travel," said Orthmann.

But handlers like Van Buren said they'll keep competing because every year brings another opportunity to grow.

Organizers said some of the money raised from the show will benefit the Headwaters Search and Rescue K9 organization in Eagle River.

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