Carteret County 4-H’er Holds First 4-H Dog Show
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Four-H’ers, their friends and their canine companions took over the Morehead City Rotary Dog Park for the first ever Carteret County 4-H Dog Show during National 4-H Week, which was held October 3-9, 2021.
Four-H empowers young people with skills to lead for a lifetime. It’s a research-based experience that includes a mentor, a hands-on project, and a meaningful leadership opportunity.
This Dog Show idea gave that exact opportunity to 4-H’er Bethany Copeland, to expand her leadership skills and her 4-H project for the year. Bethany planned and held our first Carteret County 4-H Dog Show.
Youth registered to participate in one or more of three categories; a Costume Contest, Best Trick and Showmanship. There was a 4-H Division as well as a Community Division that was made up of youth who are not 4-H members.
The event was judged by two volunteers with a plethora of experience in the canine world, Ms. Terry Murphy and Ms. Rosey Ward. Murphy is the owner and trainer at Sound Dog Training Center in Newport and has successfully trained and titled dogs at many levels. Ward is a trainer with Hole in the Wall Dog Training Academy and has been part of a certified Love On A Leash Therapy Dog Team.
The show got started with Mrs. Tisha Kirby, who shared her experience with fostering and volunteering with Misplaced Mutts of Carteret County. She has been fostering dogs with the organization since March of this year and says that, “it is rewarding to be able to watch dogs go to their forever homes and the excitement that they bring to their new families.” Additionally, Roger Spencer, Kirby’s father, shared his rescue pup’s story. Lucky was Kirby’s first foster and was adopted by Spencer. Spencer has been active with dog rescue organizations for many years.
Before closing the event, Ms. Murphy of Sound Dog Training Center held a brief showmanship workshop and gave instructions on how best to show your dog in the show ring.
In 4-H programs, youth complete hands-on projects in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Youth experience 4‑H in every county in North Carolina through in-school and after-school programs, school and community clubs and 4‑H camps. To learn more about Carteret County 4-H, contact our office at 252.222.6375 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.