Dogs make wonderful pets. This is something that people in both the city and the country can agree with. For the most part the dogs that you find in the city will have one purpose and that is to be pets. Country dogs may simply be a pet or they may actually be trained for other purposes. Rio Blanco County is full of dogs that are more then simple pets. You can see some of these dogs working daily on ranches helping with the livestock. There are a few times a year in the county though where you can actually see these dogs perform their skills.
This coming Monday, August 1st will be your first chance to see some dogs compete and show off their skills. This is the date of the Dog Show for the Rio Blanco County Fair. The judging will begin at 9:00 a.m. and it is really a neat thing to see the dogs that the 4-H kids have been working so hard with compete. There is also an open class for people who are not 4-H members. Open events include showmanship, sub novice for 1st year handlers and 1st year dogs, novice for any mix of dog or handler experience and dog agility. For the 4-H kids the classes include the same events but they are split into novice, junior, intermediate and senior groups. The dogs do not need to be purebred to enter and the event is not an American Kennel Club event but simply a fun event. The dogs must be on six-foot leads with a collar or choke collar. Whether you are entered in this event or not be sure to come watch it at the Rio Blanco County Fair Grounds on August 1st at 9:00 a.m.
The Dog Agility Fun Course, also in conjunction with this year’s Rio Blanco County Fair, will be held on Saturday, August 6th. It will start at 11:00 a.m. and be held on the baseball field over by the Meeker Recreation Center. This is a great event to come and watch and kids of all ages will enjoy seeing these dogs do their thing. This is a fun event and will not be judged so bring your dog and enjoy. Each run will cost $3.00 and the proceeds will go to the Marvelous Mutts Dog Club.
One of the biggest events of the year in Meeker is the Sheepdog Classics held each September. This is a multiple day event that features working ranch dogs doing what they do best, herding sheep. There are multiple contests and this event always draws a very large crowd. There are also booths and other activities to do at the event so it is fun for the whole family. It is really amazing to see these animals work and respond to their owners and their own skills and instincts. As this event approaches stay tuned for more on specific days and times for the sheepdog trials.
Whether your dog is a working dog or just a pet be sure to let them know daily how much you appreciate them and keep up on their training.