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Dog days of summer hit Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 August 2013 at 12:00 am

800 dogs compete next 2 days in AKC shows

Photos by Tom Rivers – There are about 800 dogs competing today and Sunday in dog shows at Bullard Park in Albion. The all-breed shows run from about 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. They feature purebred dogs and have attracted participants from many states and Canada.

Carl Liepmann, an American Kennel Club judge, checks Sedona, an English cocker spaniel owned by Mindy Bartholomew during today’s Tonawanda Valley Kennel Club show at Bullard Park.

Jesse James, a French bull dog owned by Penny Barber of Sanborn, is all smiles after winning his event at today’s Tonawanda Valley Kennel Club dog show at Bullard Park in Albion.

Melanie Whitehair and Libby, an English bull terrier, wait for their turn in the show ring at today’s dog show in Albion. Whitehair and her husband Ty are Kendall residents. They travel to 15 to 20 dog shows a year, including two in Europe.