Ohio Valley is going to the dogs

Dog lovers can unite this weekend at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds when the Friendship Cluster All Breed Dog Show returns.

This fantastic four-day event will have canines representing more than 130 breeds and as young as 4 months. It will feature AKC all-breed shows, obedience competitions and rally trials, and will, organizers say, bring participants from all parts of the United States and Canada, as well as from overseas, to Friendship Park.

While competition is a big part of the show — championship points will be awarded — the event will offer the opportunity for Tri-State Area residents to see the dogs in action, whether they are being judged against set standards for their particular breed, performing obedience tasks or navigating a set course.

There also will be events for puppies, in which the next generation of competitors will get the chance to prepare for the time when they will be able to show for points. Attendees also will have the opportunity to interact with some of the competitors and get to know more about the individual breeds.

There also will be a dock diving competition for the canine competitors, and a rabies and microchip clinic, with a minimal fee, will be open to the public on Monday.

Officials with the presenting organizations — the Fort Steuben Kennel Association, the St. Clairsville Kennel Club and the Beaver County Kennel Club — said the event, which will run Friday through Sunday, will be fun for families and dog lovers, and will offer a chance to show off the amenities of Friendship Park, including its beautiful lake and miles of trails.

It’s a chance to spend some time with your friends and celebrate man’s best friend, and a good way to relax over this Labor Day weekend.