This year the dog show did not disappoint, how could it? Between Meet the Breeds, all the vendors, the show ring area, Fly Ball, the Barn Hunt and the dance ring there was so much to see. We decided to go on Friday this year. We had been going on Saturday when there were more people and different activities.
For example, this year Wed was free admission and parking, as well as limited events. Thursday and Friday were the Houston Kennel Club All-Breed Shows. Saturday and Sunday are the Group and Best in Show Judging as well as Creative Dog Grooming Contests, Agility, Flyball, Freestyle, Frisbee, Obedience, and Barn Hunt trials.
Since we went on Friday this year and the crowd wasn’t as bad we were able to talk with more of the various rescue groups. We donate our services to local rescue groups like IG Rescue Texas. Our lives are dedicated to the dogs.
Lets talk about costs for a moment. Parking is $12, tickets are $15 per person (or $10 for 55 and older, discounts for military personnel with ID, and free for kids under 12) but the most expensive part of the Dog show is the food.
Papa Johns, Chick Fil-a and a salad place have booths along with some cart vendors for beer, ice cream and a few other things. For the two of us to eat at Chick Fil-a it was $30 . We got a regular chicken sandwich, a chicken wrap, 2 bags of chips, a bottle of Coke, and a water. We usually spend around $20 at the actual restaurant. Our suggestion (and what we will be doing next year) is to eat somewhere close before we go.
We probably spent more than we should have this year. The rows of vendors offered everything from dog grooming supplies to beef jerky, to iron sculptures. We ended up getting a collar, two leads, a racoon tail, a Dog is Good sweatshirt, shoe ensoles, a necklace and some earrings. Honestly, I would have spent more if I could have. So much to see and enjoy at the dog show!