Dog-lovers delight in show

By Stephanie Rice, Columbian Vancouver city government reporter

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photoSteve Matthews, left, of Vancouver directs his dog Hobie, 6, over an agility trial obstacle Saturday. Matthews said that he and Hobie took a year off from competition and are still trying to work the rust out of their runs.

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photoLori Langton of Monroe trims the paws of her 13-year-old dog Tess -- an American Show Champion when she was 6 years old -- for the Mount Hood Doberman Pinscher Club’s all-breed agility trial Saturday at the Clark County Event Center. Langton’s Windance Design -- clothing, jewelry and pet photography for people who love dogs -- is a vendor at the event.

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photoHandlers walk the course before competition at the 8th annual American Kennel Club sanctioned all-breed agility trial at the Clark County Event Center on Saturday February 4, 2012. The three day event has 277 dogs competing that are mostly from Washington and Oregon. (Zachary Kaufman/The Columbian)

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photoSix month old Pembroke Welsh Corgi "Tori," left, belonging to Nancy Bock of Sweet Home, Ore., plays with another Corgi, "Riley," 4, belonging to Barb Meyer, of Portland, Ore., between events at the Clark County Event Center on Saturday February 4, 2012. The three day event has 277 dogs competing that are mostly from Washington and Oregon. (Zachary Kaufman/The Columbian)

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photoDogs soak up the sun and view from the dash of a motor home outside the 8th annual American Kennel Club sanctioned all-breed agility trial at the Clark County Event Center on Saturday February 4, 2012. The three day event has 277 dogs competing that are mostly from Washington and Oregon. (Zachary Kaufman/The Columbian)

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More than 270 dogs are competing this weekend at the eighth annual Mount Hood Doberman Pinscher Club’s all-breed agility trial at the Dr. Jack Giesy Arena at the Clark County Event Center. The trials, sanctioned by the American Kennel Club, are free to the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Dogs and their handlers compete for time and accuracy through two different obstacle courses, which include jumps, tunnels and seesaws.