Fulton County 4-H members exhibit dog projects

LEWISTOWN - Ill. - Fulton County 4-H held its Dog Care and Dog Obedience judging on Monday, July 26, a program of University of Illinois Extension.

For Dog Care, the 4-H member and his or her dog are judged on grooming, health, cleanliness, and the member's knowledge of the dog and his or her needs.  Seven 4-H members exhibited their dogs. 

Best of Show in Dog Care went to Amy Shaeffer with her Border Collie, Belle. Other exhibitors were Kaylee Asher with her Australian Shepherd mix, Eva; Makenna Johnson with her Labradoodle, Wrigley; Addison Roddis with her Siberian Husky, Bella; Cameron Stone with her Cowboy Corgi, Mo; Alex Wetterauer with his Labrador Retriever, Rosie; and Luke Wetterauer with his Labrador Retriever, Avery.  All received Blue ratings.  Judge for Dog Care was Robin Fisher.

In Dog Obedience, the participants and dogs are put through a course and scored according to how the dog performs.  Seven 4-H members and their dogs were judged, and some also participated in the Open Show.  There are different categories depending on their level of experience -- Beginner Novice I, Beginner Novice II, Pre-Novice, Novice, and Graduate Novice.  Judge for Dog Obedience was Sherrill Filzen.

 In the 4-H Dog Obedience competition, Amy Shaeffer was selected the Best of Show winner with Belle.  Also exhibiting and receiving Blue ratings were Harper Hess, Braylee Irwin, Makenna Johnson, Lillie Ray, Addison Roddis, and Ashley Tarochione.  Several of the 4-H exhibitors achieved a score high enough to qualify them for the State 4-H Dog Show.

For more information on the Fulton County 4-H Program, contact the Extension office at 309-547-3711.

SOURCE - Janis Blout, Fulton 4-H program coordinator

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