By Beth Fisher

DETROIT (WWJ) – The Detroit Kennel Club dog show wrapped up a weekend of judging dogs at Cobo Center this weekend.

Kathy Belville of Leroy, Michigan owns and shows Shetland sheepdogs, saying it’s an expensive sport.

“As far as expense, you know we’ve got to consider the economy has changed, you know, the price of gas. Hopefully, you’ve got a friend nearby you can bunk on their sofa, and not have to expend the money for the hotels,” said Belville.

Belville, whose dog Mollie does well at the shows, says she shows her dogs more as a hobby and says it’s very rewarding.

Brian Clegg of Cincinnati handles ‘Blue’, a golden retriever who was top golden in the U.S. for a couple of years.

“With this dog, I’ll be all over this year, I’ll be all over the United States, and show him about 160 times in a year,” said Clegg.

Clegg also breeds goldens in Cincinnati.

Susan Wade was also showing her dog at the 2012 Kennel Club show and says, “(It’s) very costly, anybody that says they make money off of breeding their dogs or showing their dogs isn’t going about it the right way, we actually spend more money then we make money,” said Wade.


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