ST. PETERSBURG — The St. Petersburg Dog Fanciers Dog Show at Azalea Park on Sunday was open to all American Kennel Club-registered dogs. It served as an opportunity to find out whether dog shows were for dogs and their owners. For many, it was their dog's first time being shown, because there was a 4-6 month old division offered.
Janie Getz of Dunedin, who for many years showed her own afghan hounds, was showing one, named Eliza, for a friend.
"I've said all my life, if I could have one dog that could encompass all the best qualities of all the breeds it'd be a Great Dane," said Getz, who took a moment to whisper into the 8-month-old dog's ears that she was getting ready to enter the ring and that they were going to do great.
It was Eliza's first time in a show ring, and she walked away with a group first place and best of breed ribbons.