Arts in the Park will have a little extra bark this year thanks to the Hub City Kennel Club.
The Hub City Kennel Club will host "meet the breeds" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 16 at Arts in the Park at Melgaard Park. The event is designed to promote the club and educate people about various types of dogs by showcasing their traits at a public show, said Tim Schaeffer, president of the club.
Schaeffer said the dogs, which are owned by members of the kennel club, will be shown off by three dog trainers: Sheryl Erickson, Amanda Boulais and Patsy Brosz. Each breed will have an accompanying printout that details the breed's attributes, temperament and specialities, he said.
A whippet, Irish wolfhound, poodle, Welsh Corgi, German shepherd and a pit bull are some of the breeds that will be featured, Schaeffer said.
Since it was founded in March, the Hub City Kennel Club has kept a low profile as it went through its start-up phase in Aberdeen, but that will change when the club begins its membership drive in earnest through the event at Arts in the Park, Schaeffer said.
"We haven't really spent much time promoting the club," he said. "We've been focusing on getting this event set up because we think it will help encourage people to join."
As of Wednesday, the club has nine members, he said. A kennel club needs 30 members to be officially recognized by the American Kennel Club, which is one of the goals of the group, Schaeffer said.
Anyone who is interested in joining the Hub City Kennel Club may call Schaeffer at 605-216-3760CQ or fill out the application forms that will be handed out during Arts in the Park, he said.
There is no fee to join, and you don't have to own a dog, Schaeffer said.
"Basically, if you have a dog or just want to learn more about dogs, you should apply," he said.
The purpose of the Hub City Kennel Club is to help show members and the general public how to be responsible dog owners and why that is so important, he said.
The group meets at 5:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at Mugs Coffee House, and anyone interested is welcome, Schaeffer said.