Panting For Poochie Prizes

JPEG  Bark  Paws 2013 Gold and Silver_212x124_thumbIs your pooch a show-stopper? Compete and win prizes locally at a fun Bark and Paws Dog Show in Denison this Saturday, Sept 7th from 9-3:00 at Heritage Park.

Last year I got to judge some of the fun contests–the pictures in today’s blog are from that event. Sadly, this year my schedule doesn’t allow me to participate other than long distance but if you live in the area, your pooches should have a wonderful time!

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You can tell dogs enjoy the event–or not! Be sure your pooch has fun or leave him home. Image Copr. Amy Shojai, CABC

Dog registration in the park is free and begins at 8 a.m. (every dog must abide by leash laws and have proof of current rabies vaccinations). Vendors will set up on Burnett next to the park. Those already signed up include chair massage, pet massage, veterinarian, groomers, trainers, pet adoption, and more.

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Winners of the 2012 Weinie Dog Race. Image Copr. Amy Shojai, CABC

Contest fees are $1 per event for the chance to win door prizes and drawings throughout the day. Events include Wienie Dog Races at 9 a.m., and an obstacle course and retriever competition also return. Other contests feature obedience tricks, the biggest, littlest, ugliest, oldest, and one that traveled farthest.

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The pet parade offers ample opportunity to “put on the dawg” with costumes and more! Image Copr. Amy Shojai, CABC

The pet parade will begin at Heritage Park at 10:00, with dogs of all shapes and sizes encouraged to dress like a favorite movie star. Have your dog channel her “inner Lassie” and dress up to match your furry star. The best dressed dog will win an award based on their red carpet or movie star outfit.

A live auction presented at 10:30 offers many prizes including dog houses, dog training, gifts, and other dog related merchandise. I’ve donated a PAW-tographed copy of my debut thriller LOST AND FOUND which features doggy viewpoint. The proceeds will go towards future events and making Denison dog friendly. At 10:45, a Blessing of the Pets will occur.

If your dog is ready for his close up, visit Bark & Paws Dog Show this Saturday September 7th in Denison where any dog that’s worth his bark will be strutting his/her stuff. The event is organized by the City of Denison’s Main Street Department and led by volunteers who love their dogs. For specific event times, contest rules, more information or volunteer forms, visit and see current events or call 903-464-4452.

Remember that all dogs are winners when they have someone to love them. Be sure your dog enjoys events where other dogs and people are present, because some pooches prefer to be home-bodies. Please be especially mindful of the weather and keep your hot dogs safe as cool companions. Check out the ASK AMY below to learn more about when panting is normal or a sign of problems. If your dog loves the spotlight, you’ll all have a howling good time.

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