The American Bloodhound Club hosted the ABC National Specialty this past weekend where Bloodhounds from around the country met and competed in a number of different classes including Tracking, Obedience, Rally, Top Twenty, Futurity, Sweepstakes, Conformation, and Regional Specialty. The event, held Oct. 25-31 in Wilmington, Ohio, allowed Bloodhound enthusists to celebrate their breed and show off its special abilities.
Judge Robert Dowd presents Veteran Dog Sweepstakes award to Garth and handler/owner Karen Dewey.
Judge Robert Dowd presents Veteran Bitch Sweepstakes award to Kitty and handler Sandy Katos.
Veteran Sweepstakes Winners Kitty and handler Sandy Katos (left) and Garth and handler Karen Dewey (right). Both Kitty and Garth have distinguished show careers.
Caleb and Tanner wait patiently to compete in Obedience with handler Jan Rothwell.
Jan Rothwell with Bloodhounds, Caleb and Tanner, competing in obedience as a brace.
In attention to the usual classes, there was also a fun costume contest on Oct. 29. One attendee dressed her Bloodhound up as a spider.