4-H Dog Show in Princeton

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Zoey Theriault with Puddin and Ruthie Bell with Vixen (Photo by Penny Theriault)

By Sandra Smith


Another event that was held last weekend in Princeton was the 4-H Dog Show for 4-H members, sponsored by the Northwoods 4-H Club. On Friday the members participated in a poster, record book, picture and quiz activity. Saturday featured a showmanship and obedience competition for Cloverbuds, and Junior and Senior divisions. Hope Carle was the the overall senior winner. Cali Berry was the overall Grand Champion Junior Steward. Zoey Theriault, Phoebe Shank and Ruthie Bell were Cloverbud participants, and this was an important learning opportunity for them.


In addition to obedience and showmanship classes, there was a Candy Land agility run and costume contest. The judge was McKinley Magni, from the 4-H dog program in Massachusetts and was assisted by Sandra Copel-Parsons, 4-H Community Education Assistant representing the University of Maine Cooperation Extension-Machias. Judge Magni was very impressed with her first trip to Washington County and is looking forward to coming back. This show qualified Hope Carle and her dogs Azzy and Grizz for Eastern States Exposition in September. The other members of the club will be trying to raise funds this summer so that they may attend the Expo to learn and watch the Northwood’s dogs compete. (Special thanks to the Machias Savings Bank for donating the funds for the tent and the Bellmard Inn for donating lodging for the judge)