Dogs strut their stuff at the Fair
By Thorn Compton
RAWLINS — On a beautiful Friday afternoon, the Carbon County Fair hosted its 4-H Dog Show for dogs to show off their ability to run through obstacles and obey their trainers.
Dogs were judged on four different criteria: obedience, rally obedience, showmanship and agility.
Morgan Kenneda, 16, said she has been working with dogs for six or seven years and has been working with her current dog, Malaya, for three year.
“My sister chose the name Malaya — in Hawaiian it means ‘freedom,’” Kenneda said. “We thought it was a fitting name, though in reality she is very controlled. I’ve worked with her for three years and my sister worked with her the other three. I had a different dog but we gave him to our grandparents.”
Working with dogs is what Kenneda said keeps her coming back to these shows.
“Being with the dog is the best part,” she said after finishing her run in the rally obedience portion. “I know that’s kind of a normal answer, but I really like training with her and how she responds to me. Sometimes she doesn’t, but most of the time it’s good.”
Johanna Horn, 18, has also been working with her dogs for a while. She has an Australian Shepard she has shown almost the entire time she has shown dogs, but recently she has taken up a new challenge.
For the last two years, Horn has also shown a Corgi named Dude. Corgis aren’t exactly normal show dogs, due to their whimsical nature and stubby legs, but Horn said she likes the dogs and wanted to give training them a shot.
“I really like Corgis and one of the teachers from the high school said he had one I could show so I started working with him,” Horn said. “When I started with him, he didn’t really know how to sit or lay down, except when he wanted to.
“Now I tell him to do those things and he does, but now he won’t stand.”
Both Horn and Kenneda have shown their dogs at other events besides the Fair dog show. Kenneda said she did other shows to continue working on her bond with Malaya.
“I’ve done other shows once or twice just for training to help with me and the dog,” Kenneda said.
Horn, who will be attending University of Wyoming in the fall, said she wants to continue working with dogs in the future.
“I really hope I can continue,” Horn said while rubbing Dude’s belly. “I’d love to do (American Kennel Club) shows with future dogs — it really all just depends.”