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Putt'n on the dog

The Old Fort Cluster dog shows opened with the first show of their five day stand at the Memorial Coliseum Wednesday morning.

 Each day is a complete dog show and The Old Fort Cluster dog shows is a joint effort of The Marion Kennel Club, The Northeastern Indiana Kennel Club Inc.,  the La Porte County Kennel Club and the Sturgis Kennel Club who each sponsor a show. (The Northeastern Indiana Kennel Club sponsors two).The show continues over the weekend, through Sunday. Over the next five days a total  of 5, 666 dogs have been entered in the shows. With Saturday's Marion Kennel Club show having the highest number of dogs entered, 1391. Sunday's show which is sponsored by the Northeastern Indiana Kennel Club, Inc, has 1350 dogs entered in the show with 160 different breeds. There is no charge at the door to attend any of the shows which run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. all five days.

(Photos by Ellie Bogue of The News-Sentinel)

DeNiro, a 9-month-old Shetland Sheepdog, keeps his eye on his groomer as he is beautified for the show ring Wednesday at the first day of the Old Fort Cluster Dog Shows.
Handlers stack their Afghans in the ring Wednesday morning as they vie for the judges eye during the first day of the Old Fort Cluster Dog Shows at the Allen County Expo Center
Zach Newton works on the silky coat of  Jordan,3, a Yorkshire terrier Wednesday at the first day of the Old Fort Cluster Dog Shows.
 Nichole Denny, puts some finishing touches on Nikki, a French Bulldog, as they await their turn in the ring Wednesday morning at the Old Fort Cluster Dog Shows.
A pack of Great Danes and their handlers get a chance to socialize before showing Wednesday at the first day of the Old Fort Cluster Dog Shows.
Aston, 10 months, is primped for the show ring by her owner, breeder and handler, Kathleen Strunk. Strunk, a retired middle school teacher from Chicago, said she loves having the time to show her dogs full time now.
Tired out from the first morning of the  Old Fort Cluster Dog Shows a woman dozes in her chair around noon Wednesday.
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