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Dog show is over, but their work never stops

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The Scottsbluff Kennel Club's dog show has come to a close,but that doesn't mean the four-legged pets stop working back at home.

Sherry Maclennan travels from Byers, Colorado each year to have her dogs competein the show.

She has been entering them in shows since the '80s, but comingto this one in particular since 1997.

She says it takes a special bond with your dog to properlytrain them for competition, but that bond can also help when the contests areover.

Maclennan says having dogs that are bred to perform other tasks can be more rewarding than entering them in shows.

"I feel that a dog should be able to do what it was bredfor, so I like to be able to prove that they're beautiful by confirmationshows, and then go home and they get to work on our ranch," says Maclennan. "So dogs aremulti-functional. And that's fulfilling to me."

Maclennan's dogs won many awards during this year's show including "best border collie puppy."

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