West Coast Kennel Association Dog Show

Look at me, look at me, look at me, I’m so pretty……..

happy dog Greymouth dog show

grooming time greymouth dog show

Instead of dust flying there is dog hair flying today.  The groomers are busy with their brushes making sure that last hair is put back in place – a little fluff up here, a little dab down there.  The dogs actually seem to enjoy it – guess it is no different from us humans enjoying going to the hairdressers or beauty therapist – nice and relaxing.  Some of these dogs even turn and look at their groomers/owner as if to say don’t stop.

enjoying the spectacle greymouth dog show (2)

dogs in the ring Greymouth dog show

strutting their stuff greymouth dog show

It is the annual West Coast Kennel Association show day in Greymouth, held at Omoto Racecourse.  The sun is out, deck chairs are strategically placed around the rings, gazebos are added for protection against the sun, there are dogs, there are people – whew it is full on.  Some of the dogs truly have the dog’s life with their own tables to lie and relax on between their turn in the ring.

big and small greymouth dog show

There is quite the array of dog breeds – all sizes big and small.  I guess it is a little like a child’s beauty Paget – perhaps more set up for the humans than the dogs as it is certainly some of the humans showing their competitive side rather than dogs.  The dogs are obviously all well socialized and while there is the occasional bark or growl many are happy to say their doggy hellos and the little ones enjoy playing together.

showing off Greymouth show day

It is a great day out full of colourful dogs and owners.  It is fun watching the “runners” take the dogs round the ring with the dogs strutting their stuff – chests puffed proudly, prancing around and almost smiling.

playtime greymouth dog show

playing with friends Greymouth dog show

There is plenty of playtime too for some – especially the younger ones and for others it was all about lying in sun and getting petted……..  I think a good time had by all, competitors and visitors alike.  Look at me, look at me, look at me – I’m so pretty………

enjoying some time out greymouth show day

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and exploring the West Coast and the goings on in the area.  Check out their activities page or the website of the local tourism organisation Tourism West Coast for further information.


About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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2 Responses to West Coast Kennel Association Dog Show

  1. bulldog says:

    I attended a two day dog show not long back and whilst I captured photos of the dogs.. I was tempted rather to capture the owners… their facial expressions, their walks and runs were just too amazingly amusing to me, but I felt a little embarrassed to capture these and share them on the blog… some of them might just get to see themselves and sue me…

    • coastingnz says:

      Haha Rob you are so right – hence why most of our photos are of the dogs. Stephen got down at their level for most of his photos so as not to be tempted to photograph the owners – as I said, bit like a beauty paget – don’t think you wanted to mess with them 🙂

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