|07-30-03: Candid canines strut their stuff
|Dog Care Judging held at Auglaize County Fair
By SHELLEY GRIESHOP
The Daily Standard
WAPAKONETA - The Dog Care Judging event was running late Tuesday
afternoon at the Auglaize County Fair and the contestants were getting anxious.
Every few minutes a howl and some nervous panting could be heard ...
from the dozens of young 4-H members. The dogs, on the other hand, appeared cool as
"It's always fun to see how the kids handle their dogs during the
interview," said Bridget Weigly, the sole judge of the contest.
Amanda Newlove of St. Marys, a member of the Cloverines, proudly took a
chair next to Weigly for the judging interview. Her basset hound, Cocoa, wasn't as
thrilled to take her turn.
"Sorry," Newlove told Weigly as the brown and white canine
tried to make a clean get-away under the judge's chair.
"Don't worry about it, she's just a puppy. That's what puppies
do," Weigly assured the 12-year-old.
Weigly of Columbus, who works for the Ohio 4-H Foundation, said she's
judged the dog care event before and loves every minute of it. A dog lover herself, she
said it's good to see the children learn more about their pets.
Several dozen 4-H boys and girls from all over Auglaize County waited
at nearby tables with their four-legged friends for a turn to tell the judge what they've
learned about caring for dogs.
An Australian shepherd named Sydney gracefully took her place at the
foot of her owner, Amanda Tebbe of St. Marys.
"We just got her during the last year," said 14-year-old
Tebbe as she rubbed the well-groomed dog's coat. "I brought a cat here last year, so
I guess I'm trying something new."
Tebbe, a member of the 4-H group Spirits and daughter of Jerry and
Stacy Tebbe, said doing the dog care project taught her the importance of pet
"I learned how important it is to get them their shots cause
people can get some diseases from dogs," she said.
Just a few steps from the judges table, 10-year-old Taylor Schmit of
New Bremen looked as unexcited as her dog Max. The small, black and white Shiht Tzu rested
patiently on the table in front of Schmit, occasionally lifting his head as bigger dogs
"He doesn't mind being here one bit," said the young girl as
she petted the back of the puppy's hairy neck. "But I think he's getting bored.
Schmit, the daughter of Kevin and Lisa Schmit, said there's more to
owning dogs than most people think.
"You have to give them baths, get their hair cut and feed them
every day," said the young blonde. "And you have to make sure they don't get
Nearby, a mother of one of the other contestants shook her head and
smiled, "Yep, it's a lot like being a mom."
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