Dog show wraps up at Fonner Park

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Some people traded in the Easter bunny for an animal with more bark Sunday for a competitive show.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes could be spotted at Fonner Park Sunday for the final day of the AKC All-Breed Dog Show. They were groomed to the nines with tails wagging.

The Grand Island Kennel Club hosted the event, which began Saturday.

"When my children were little I would pull out the book and say, "okay, there's a dog show here; there's a dog show in California; there's a dog show in Illinois: Where do you guys want to go?" And we would turn that into our vacation," said Celli Jones, one of the competitors.

Jones is from Denver. She breeds dachshunds, and has 17 champion dogs. She only competes with the dogs that she breeds.

Sunday she brought Dreamboat along, a 2-year-old wire-haired dachshund.

Jones and Dreamboat competed in the "Hound" category for the Confirmation Show. Judges evaluated the dogs based on looks and how the dog moves.

"Somebody said, "we have this little wire-haired dachshund that needs a home." I said, "nope. I don't do toy dogs. Nope. Not going to do it." But I realized very quickly that this isn't a toy dog. This is a hunting dog. They're pretty serious dogs," Jones said.

Unfortunately, Jones and Dreamboat didn't place in the show Sunday.

That didn't discourage Jones one bit, who joked that "you can't win them all." She said they're excited to move on to the next show.