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July 16, 2008 > Niles dog days of summer

Niles dog days of summer

By Janet Grant

The Dog Days of summer are here and once again, the historic district of Niles in Fremont plays host as the 10th annual Niles Dog Show comes to town. On Saturday, July 19, the Canine Pow Wow and Pooch Convention, with it's motto "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, Most Unusual Mix, Best Veteran, and the coveted Best in Show class.

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 locally 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 comic juggler and performing dog trainer Dana Smith, and his spunky trick dog Lacey. Dana Smith's unique blend of fire juggling and circus arts is skillfully woven into fast and eye-catching entertainment. Add the performing Lacey and you have a real mix of energy, originality, and family fun.

Always a crowd favorite, canine agility comes back this year with a demonstration by TopnOTCH Training presented by Happiness Country Kennels. Trainer Karen D'Augusta and friends will leave you cheering as dogs rocket through tunnels and over obstacles, bounding over hurdles at top speed. First developed in the United Kingdom in 1978, the sport of dog agility has quickly become popular around the world. It is a fast-paced sport where success is based on proper training, physical skill, control, patience, and above all, teamwork between handler and dog.

The Tri-City Animal Shelter's Mobile Adoption Center will also be at this year's show. The 33-foot GMC cab-over style recreational vehicle doubles as a mini-clinic and adoption center. Come and take a look at how the Tri-Cities are taking Animal Services on the road!

Whether watching the exciting demonstrations, listening to 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? For those interested in a canine companion, the Ohlone Humane Society (OHS) can help. The OHS information booth is staffed with volunteers who have years of personal and professional canine experience. OHS, Furry Friends Rescue, Amazing Greys, and many other rescue organizations will be accepting applications 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 any of the competitions. An additional fee of $10 adds another dog. Pre-registration is recommended; pre-paid entries receive a $5 discount. Participants may register online at or call (510) 742-9868. Only the first 200 dogs will be admitted to participate in the show. Dogs must be at least 6 months old with a current license and on a leash at all times.

After the show the fun doesn't have to end. Niles Edison Theatre will offer free admission to all blue ribbon winners to their popular Saturday Night at the Movies series. The July 19 films will be of special interest to dog lovers featuring such classics as the original 1923 Rin-Tin-Tin- movie, "Where the North Begins."

The Niles Dog 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 the Niles Main Street Association and the OHS. 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)
10:00 a.m. - Best Costume
10:20 a.m. - Best Veteran (aka oldest dog)
10:30 a.m. - Best Performer
10:45 a.m. - Prettiest Female
11:15 a.m. - Agility Demonstration
11:30 a.m. - Most Unusual Mix
11:50 a.m. - Adoption Parade
12:15 p.m. - Lunch Break, Special Awards, and Announcements
1:00 p.m. - Demonstration in the Florence Arena - Dana Smith & Lacey
1:30 p.m. - Best Rescued Dog
1:45 p.m. - Most Handsome Male
2:00 p.m. - Best in Show
2:30 p.m. - Prize Drawing

10th Annual Niles Dog Show
Saturday, July 19
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Niles Community Park
3rd and H streets
Niles District, Fremont
(510) 742-9868

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