This year’s visit to the Golden Gate Kennel Club show was Saturday, January 28, 2017, sixty years on from when it was held in San Francisco in another era of dog shows but still a tradition and memorable occasion.
Now, at the state-owned Cow Palace in Daly City, San Mateo County, California as two individual shows rather than one 2-day show, it remains distinctive as a benched show that caters to the public gate. Weather was sunny with no protesters at the front door, after several years, and the American Kennel Club booth up front in the main concourse.
The main arena, not the bustling, social place it used to be, but a stop off place to check out the catalog and get a feel for this year before beginning the trek. Becky Richardson Luft and Dalmatian, Hacker, with his wagging tail in the corner Utility B ring.
The candy vendor must have retired, leaving nothing but a coffee stand. We’ll call this the new meet & greet area for those old folding chairs from the now gone “center aisle” with tables for the weary in the space formerly used by vendors who needed large spaces for their inventories of crates, beds, leashes and grooming equipment, no longer in attendance.
But once walking the aisles, there it is…through the years, the place where contacts are made, special things bought, memories and futures made. The benches:
The breed tables:
The rescue tables:
Another year and more stock and color for Let’s Go Design! High end, practical “dog walking” jackets.
In 2017, the vendors were all in the main building, fewer but still plenty from the familiar to unusual.
Associated Obedience Clubs of Northern California — AOCNC — now “upstairs.”
One more look at the main arena.
Hope to be back, 2018.
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