Waneta Mall will be overrun with dogs from the West Kootenay Kennel Club this weekend, waiting to say hello with a wag of their tails.
On Saturday afternoon, handlers and their pure bred pups will be at the mall ready for questions and conversations about all things canine.
Shirley Hubley, a member of the club with her Shetland Sheepdog, Tux, says the club loves sharing its expertise with the public.
“A lot of people just don’t know about different dog breeds, what they are used for or which ones make good family pets,” she said, adding that the club has dogs of all shapes, sizes and attitudes.
“Some are more strong willed, and not good around children. We want to help people know their stuff before they go out and get their own puppy. People can ask questions and we always have a great time out there.”
The public event will also provide a chance for people to ask questions about the club itself, and see demonstrations of the different sports dogs and their handlers participate in across the country.
“There will be a little bit of conformation, agility, obedience and rally obedience,” said Hubley, adding that having fun is a big part of what the club does.
“We want to teach the public that even though we do all these sports, it is not just about competition. The dogs have a blast getting to see their friends all the time and it is also a great social thing for the handlers. We just have a great time.”
Anyone with questions about dogs, the kennel club, or even those who just want to give a dog a good scratch behind the ears is welcome to stop by Waneta Mall anytime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday.