Scenes from Portland’s Rose City Classic 2016

Portland’s Rose City Classic dog show is a major event for dog fanciers in Portland each year. Although the primary purpose of attending was to buy a Big G brush by Chris Christensen from the 3Cs booth, I took the opportunity to enjoy as much of the show as I could that morning. Here are a few scenes from the event.

(Rain was unable to go since non-competing dogs aren’t allowed in the halls of the Portland Expo Center.)

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Above, the Aussie show on Saturday. The woman in the grey suit is Summer Jewel Fuls of Ragtime Australian Shepherds in Molalla, OR.

A gallery of dog art contest entries was on display, and this year’s theme was Dogs in Space. Here’s one of my favorite entries…although I may be biased.

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The caption reads “Murphy the Australian Shepherd. Dreams to be with his idol Alan Shepard.” 🙂

Walking through the vendor areas at events like this is a treat if you’re a dog enthusiast. Of course there are plenty of companies offering high-quality treats, toys, leashes, and other items, but there are also artisans offering their wares in a variety of dog breeds. Fantasy in Glass out of Snohomish, WA, had a booth full of fused glass designs that were lovely, but they had already sold out of their Australian shepherd pieces. Drat! (Here’s a sample of one of their Aussie suncatchers.) Their other business, Metal Menagerie, also sells great breed-specific metal pieces! (Here’s the list of their Aussie metalwork products.)

One of the most unique vendors at the event was Let’s Go Design, a Wisconsin company that makes one product—a jacket made exclusively for dog walking. In addition to being waterproof, having a removable fleece liner, having a waterproof shell, and reflective piping, this jacket had a built-in poop bag dispenser in one of the pockets, another pocket with a liner for treats, and a belt that could detach to become a leash in an emergency. Pretty fancy!

In addition to the Big G brush I went to this event to purchase for Rain, I also got her a Dexas collapsable silicone food/water bowl for when we go hiking or traveling. The carabiner allows the bowl to be attached to the outside of a bag, so the bowl can dry off instead of getting water droplets over the things you may still have in your bag. Not like I have years of experience with that sort of thing from travels with Rain’s Uncle Atticus. No sir.

I only had a few hours in the morning to take in as much of the show as possible, so I never even got to watch agility trials, obedience competition, or check out any “meet the breed” presentations offered at this show! After watching an hour and a half of Australian shepherds strutting their stuff in the ring, another hour of perusing vendors, and a light snack, it was time to head out in order to make it to another commitment on time.

If you ever have a chance to get to the Rose City Classic (or any other larger dog show), even just one time—it’s worth the experience.

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