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July 6, 2004 > A Weekend for the Animals

A Weekend for the Animals

by Nancy Lyon

If you love animals and enjoy great family entertainment, then the end of July will provide a wonderful opportunity to indulge yourself -- and support the welfare of our area's companion animals and wildlife. Two great events will be happening on the same weekend and we encourage everyone to attend.

The 6th Annual Niles Dog Show and Pooch Pow-Wow will take place on Saturday, July 24th, at the Niles Community Park in Fremont. Public participation is encouraged and welcomed.

The fabulous and animal-free Circus Chimera hosted by OHS, is scheduled for seven performances- pending final City approval -- to be held Friday through Sunday on July 23-25 at Fremont's Kennedy High School.

Known as America's Finest Live Entertainment Value, the Circus Chimera has appeared in cities across California to rave reviews of "amazing and incredible." Featuring astounding feats of human ability, such as international stars Ganna and her spectacular contortion act from Mongolia, the death-defying, high-flying Russian Swing, Olga the Internationally acclaimed Russian Magician and quick change artist, the show is an extravaganza of unending and breathtaking action.

Pending final approval by the City of Fremont, the show will be presented as a benefit for Ohlone Humane Society's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. The center has undergone major and costly refitting over the last winter to protect its orphaned, injured and abandoned wildlife from the invasion of area predators. Rather than resort to the common approach of "removing the offenders" who were also only trying to survive, we instead chose to fortify the building but at cost to our finances.

Proceeds from the circus will enable OHS to continue to offer a unique and valuable service to our community. We can only hope that the City of Fremont values a service that works so closely with Fremont Animal Services.

The Niles Main Street Association is once again hosting the popular Niles Dog Show &Canine Convention. They would like to extend an invitation to community dog lovers to share a day of fun and contests in beautiful Niles Community Park.

The day's events will include demonstrations of agility by Von Weissenberg All Breed Dog Training and fly ball by the Gold Rush Flyball Club. Fremont's Fire and Rescue Department will present an enactment of an emergency situation starring "Tammy" their amazing Labrador Retriever search and rescue dog. Tammy was donated to the City by the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation.

The show will include canine competition classes with ribbons presented for Best Costume, Performer, Prettiest Female, "Rescued Dog", Unusual Mix, and Handsomest Male. There will be special presentations for the "Best Veteran" with the oldest dog the winner, and a "Look-A-Like" award based on the dog that looks most looks like their guardian - to be judged on audience participation and judge's discretion.

In between classes the show will feature other canine-related demonstrations. There will be variety of beverages and foods available from vendors, and vendors offering companion animal-related items for sale. If the day is warm, a cooling water park will be available for the dogs.

OHS will be co-ordinating the rescue organization booths featuring dogs available for adoption after the event. This will offer a great opportunity for people to view the wonderful dogs that go through rescue who are looking for permanent and loving homes.

We wish to express our appreciation to the generous promoters of this event who will be donating twenty percent of the event's proceeds to help fund OHS's Spay/Neuter Assistance Program. That gesture will help to low-income families, seniors, and feral cat providers a way to address our community's tragic companion animal over-population problem.

If you would like to obtain advance tickets before Circus Day-- they are available at Fremont Animal Hospital, Bogie's Discount Pet Supply, and the Tri-City Animal Shelter in Fremont. Or you may contact the circus directly via email at

For further information on the Niles Dog Show, they may be contacted at

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