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Tri State Kennel Club holds annual dog show

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It's a competition for dogs and their owners with the ultimate goal to sniff out a prize. More than 100 breeds of dogs took over Joplin for the tri-state kennel club dog show...all trying to win that coveted blue ribbon, but when it comes to judging that perfect dog, it's more than just outer appearance.

"Each breed has their own standard,  which is what the judges are judging the dogs by." says President of the Tri State Kennel Club, Joan Gardner.

But what is the best standard when it comes to the choice of food?

Show Chairman Linda Emmer says owner "they have to pick what's best for their dogs."

The foods you do feed your furry friends is all a matter of personal preference but experts say it can make a difference when it comes to showing your dog in shows.

Blue buffalo dog food company will soon be making it's home in Joplin building a new plant in Joplin. The company thrives on using real meat products in its  food. Which is why experts recommend Blue Buffalo natural dry food, over store bought brands.

"A lot of times all natural are a little less allergenic for dogs than others."  Emmert says.

Hampshire pet foods also focuses  on natural, holistic food sources...all designed to  keep your little champion healthy.

"Almost anything you can buy at walmart for the most part is not something you'd want to feed your dog.  is full of fillers and preservatives and garbage." Gardner says,

Foods with healthier ingredients  may cost a little more, but experts say it's worth it for dog owners planning to show in years to come, so their dogs can look their best.

"They may be looking at coat. they may be looking at their feet and legs, their backs, their top line, their head, their nose, everything. It all comes in to play." Emmert says.

Owners of dogs from the show agree, and want only the best for man's best friend.

The Blue Buffalo plant is expected to begin production in 2015, and employ more than 150 people.

"We're really excited for them to come here because they do produce quality food." Gardner says.



 

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