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PHOTO GALLERY: Dogs, handlers compete for Best in Show at Columbia Kennel Club Dog Show

Saturday, March 10, 2012 | 8:59 p.m. CST; updated 10:26 p.m. CST, Saturday, March 10, 2012

More than 900 dogs and their handlers gathered at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday for the annual Columbia Kennel Club Dog Show. The show judged dogs successively by breed and group before choosing a Best in Show from the 170 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds that competed.

Denise Agre-Gill reacts to the expressions of her dog Kenny, a 14-month-old miniature poodle who was shown earlier in the day at the Columbia Missouri Kennel Club Dog Show at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday. Agre-Gill has been showing dogs for over 30 years.
Finalists in the hounds group showing wait for the winners to be announced at the Missouri Kennel Club Dog Show at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday.
Le Hedstrom, of Lenexa, Kan., practices with Eli, an Afghan hound, before their showing in the Columbia Kennel Club Dog Show on Saturday at the Boone County Fairgrounds. The 23-month-old Eli is a nationally-recognized grand champion Afghan hound. Hedstrom and his wife, Carol, have been showing Afghan hounds since his return from time in the military, when he acquired his first hound, Duke.
Handler Daryl Martin brushes her dog Tango’s coat before showing her at the Columbia Missouri Kennel Club Dog Show on Saturday. Tango, a 2-year-old Lhasa Apso, is currently the second-ranked show dog of this breed in the nation.

Jane Travis packs up her three Pembroke Welsh corgis—(from top) Isabella, Lizbeth and Heather—after they exit the show ring at the Columbia Missouri Kennel Club Dog Show on Saturday at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Travis traveled from Broken Arrow, Okla., to exhibit 9-year-old Heather and Heather’s two offspring.
Assistant Handler Barbara Brem of Belleville, Ill. blackens the nose of Ireland, a standard poodle, before her showing in the Columbia Missouri Kennel Club Dog Show at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday. Brem normally shows Shih Tzus at dog shows, but traveled to the show to help groom dogs with a friend.

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