The occasional bark split the air from the fields behind Skyview Middle School on Saturday, but for the most part, the crowds of dogs and owners were focused on the competition at hand.
The Kenai Kennel Club hosted its annual dog show and obedience and agility competition at the middle school in Soldotna from Friday through Sunday. The parking lot temporarily became outdoor kennels attached to RVs; rolling carts became grooming stations; the soccer fields became a stage for high-stepping canines and their owners.
However, it wasn’t all work and no play. Between competitions, toys abounded to keep the canines entertained, and treats packed many of the owners’ pockets. Down on the lower field, owners guided their dogs through the agility course and the cones for the obedience trial.
Dog owners came from all over the state to participate. There are only six dog shows in Alaska each year, so many of them take advantage of the local shows when they can.