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White German shepherd international dog show in city this weekend

June 22, 2007

The White German Shepherd Dog Club International, Inc. is holding its 2007 National Specialty Show and Convention at the Hagerstown Sleep Inn & Suites June 22-24.

Approximately 15 people and 25 dogs from across the country will gather for the three-day event.

The show and convention includes dog showing today, a member picnic and awards presentation on Saturday, and the 35th National Specialty Show on Sunday. Dogs will be shown in a variety of classes, including one just for puppies.

"This show is held annually in June," said show secretary Barbara Hively, of Mercersburg, Pa. "In the past we've had it in Oklahoma, Arizona, Arkansas and Texas. This is our first time we're having it in Hagerstown." Germantown, Md., hosted the 2001 show.

"We're very pleased to have this kind of convention come to Washington County. Having pet-friendly hotels is important, and we've had several regional, national, and international animal-related conventions come here in recent years," said Betsy De Vore, director of sales of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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The dog club is an international organization whose purpose is to protect and preserve the heritage and integrity of the white-coated German shepherd. The club is dedicated to promoting the interests of this dog by educating the public. The club is the largest and oldest organization serving owners, breeders and fanciers of the white German shepherd. The club encourages and promotes quality breeding of the white German shepherd by collecting and distributing information pertinent to all white shepherd owners through its publications and special programs.

The first club was formed in 1964 in Sacramento, Calif., and in 1977 became known as the White German Shepherd Dog Club International, Inc. Presently, there are many chapters across the United States, with new ones being formed all the time. The club and its chapters offer conformation shows, obedience matches, demonstrations and many other activities. For more information about the club, visit www.whitegermanshepherd.org/.

For information about Washington County, go to www.marylandmemories.org on the Web.

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