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July 17, 2007 > Niles is going to the dogs

Niles is going to the dogs

By Janet Grant

Once again, the historic district of Niles will be going to the dogs, when on Saturday, July 21 the Niles Dog Show comes to town. The 9th annual Canine Pow Wow and Pooch Convention with it's motto of "No Pedigree? No problem!" gives all dogs, regardless of heritage, a shot at the show and performance ring. All compete in fun categories of: Best Costume, Best Performer, Best Rescued, Prettiest Female, Handsomest Male, and Most Unusual Mix.

Purebred dogs are welcomed to this show, but the real emphasis is on companion dogs that make great family pets. Whether purebred or mixed, your beloved family canine can show off his or her talents and skills in this one-of-a-kind event benefiting the Niles Main Street Association and the Ohlone Humane Society Spay Neuter Program. Awards will be presented in every class by local elected VIPs, and it might just be your pooch - whether stylish, clever, loyal, appealing, or comical - that walks away with one.

The Niles Dog Show has gained in popularity every year and hosts about 200 dogs and 800 people annually. This year's show promises more thrills and entertainment with remarkable examples of the rewarding relationship between dog and man.
Included are Tom Hall and Zetta, a four-year old German Shepherd, who will demonstrate the tracking phase of a modern Schutzhund trial. The trial consists of three phases: tracking, obedience, and protection. A dog must pass all three phases in one trial to be awarded a Schutzhund title.

Always a crowd favorite, canine agility will be demonstrated by TopnOTCH Training presented by Happiness Country Kennels. Owner and trainer Karen TenEyck-D'Augusta and friends will leave you cheering as a dazzling display of dogs rocket through tunnels and over obstacles, bounding over hurdles at top speed.

A newer dog sport that has become very popular with enthusiasts around the country, Rally, will be demonstrated by the Fremont Dog Training Club. Rally has been described as a sport combining the characteristics of traditional dog obedience and agility with sports car racing. In Rally, a dog and handler team navigates a course made up of event stations that may include basic or advanced obedience commands and even some jumps. Handlers are allowed to speak, praise, clap their hands or even whistle to encourage their dogs through the course.

Whether watching the exciting sports demonstrations, listening to the heart-warming and often tear-jerking stories of rescued dogs, or competing in any of the exciting dog classes, this show should not be missed. There will be something for everyone including food vendors and retail booths offering pet supplies, unique gifts and canine art. A special doggie water park will also be set up for your thirsty companion.

Don't have a dog? The Ohlone Humane Society (OHS) can help you. The OHS information booth is staffed with volunteers with years of personal and professional canine experience. The OHS and other rescue organizations will be offering dogs for adoption during the event.

Admission is free to spectators, but show participants must register and pay an entry fee of $20 on the day of the show which includes a "goodie bag" and entry in one class. Entries in additional classes are $5 each. Pre-registration is recommended, and pre-paid entries receive a $5 discount. Participants may register online at www.niles.org or call (510) 742-9868. Only the first 200 dogs will be admitted to the show. Dogs must be at least 6 months old with a current license and be on a leash at all times.

This show is made possible through the cooperation of the Alameda County Water District, East Bay Regional Parks, the city of Fremont, and the hard work of community volunteers from Niles Main Street and the OHS. Sponsors include Bogie's Discount Pet Food, Alternative Mortgage Resources, The Animal Nanny, Southland Dental Care, and The Florence Bar and Grill.

This event will be sign language interpreted for the hearing impaired.

Show Schedule:
9:00 a.m. - On-Site Registration at Park's 3rd Street Entrance (After show starts, register at the Main Street Booth)
9:40 a.m. - Schutzhund Demonstration
10:00 a.m. - Best Costume
10:30 a.m. - Best Performer
11:00 a.m. - Prettiest Female
11:30 a.m. - Rally Demonstration
11:45 a.m. - Best Rescued Dog
12:00 p.m. - Best Veteran (aka oldest dog)
12:30 p.m. - Adoption Parade, Special Awards, and Announcements
1:00 p.m. - Agility Demonstration
1:15 p.m. - Most Unusual Mix
1:30 p.m. - Most Handsome Male
2:30 p.m. - Prize Drawing

9th Annual Niles Dog Show
Saturday, July 21
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Niles Community Park at 3rd and H streets
Niles District, Fremont
(510) 742-9868




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