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Dogs were barking up the right tree at Applegate Park

Photos by Adam Rice / Yosemite Kennel Club


Applegate Park in Merced was filled with four-legged friends last Sunday as the Yosemite Kennel Club invited both club members and the public to participate in their Doggy Fun Day event.

The day’s activities included everything from costume contests and agility courses to an array of resources for man’s best friend.

Of course the highlight of the event was the large turnout of dogs of all sizes while club members and local pet owners came together. Throughout the event, both humans and their canines were able to socialize and meet a large group of like-minded individuals. With the relaxing greenery of the park surrounding them, residents were able to enjoy what they enjoy the most — a sunny day out with Fido.

The Yosemite Kennel Club was founded in 1964 and accredited by the American Kennel Club in 1973. Since its inception, the non-profit organization has worked to bring the fun of dog showmanship to the Merced area. Throughout its existence, the Yosemite Kennel Club has made both obedience and conformation training classes available to the public for an affordable price.

In addition to working with the public, members of the Yosemite Kennel Club have worked to positively impact everything from state politics and legislation aimed at dogs and their owners to donating time, money, and energy to local no-kill shelters and the Sheriff’s Office K-9 program.

Meetings for the Yosemite Kennel Club are held on the second Wednesday of each month, and while most who have made their way to the Yosemite Kennel Club have a keen interest in purebred dogs, all members of the public are invited to attend. For those looking to become a part of the Yosemite Kennel Club, prospective members must join two meetings and pay annual membership dues before becoming a full-fledged member. Meetings are held at 7 PM at Round Table Pizza on Olive Avenue, January through November.

For more information on the Yosemite Kennel Club, residents are encouraged to follow the organization on Facebook at where they will find the most up-to-date information and upcoming events and information about the organization. In addition to the Facebook page, readers can also learn more about the history of the organization by logging onto

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