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Dog show brings out thousands

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Dog show brings out thousands. There were more than a thousand dogs at Columbia Park in Kennewick. Both big and small dogs were there to show off their training and get American Kennel Club points for breeding.

Show Chairman Charles Ames says "we work with Columbia Basin Dog Trainers Club on having the obedience. They do part of our obedience show. So it's really a huge community event for all of the dog clubs in our area."

It's an event that's been going on for more than 64 years. It takes a lot of training to get these dogs ready for the competition. Competitor Lori Solomon says "it takes a while. They have to get 15 points towards their championship, and six of those have to be major points, so it takes a while."

Afghan Competitor Connie Brunell says "obviously she needs to have a bath and be groomed and you know. You want them in good physical condition also. So you want them to have lots of daily exercise. Afghans need a lot of daily exercise."

There were people of all ages that got to compete this year. We talked to some of the winners. Youth Competitor Caleb Campbell says "It makes you proud. I like to be with my dog, that's why I do it."

It costs thousands of dollars to take care of these dogs and get them ready for competitions. Owners say it's worth it to have their dogs in the best shape of their lives.