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July 6, 2010 > Ohlone Humane Society: Counting down to Show Time!

Ohlone Humane Society: Counting down to Show Time!

By Nancy Lyon

An event as unique as Fremont's Niles District itself, the 12th Annual Niles Dog Show is happening on Saturday, July 17th and should be on your calendar as a "don't miss" event. It's a super chance for dog lovers of all persuasions to get a furry fix at a show that emphasizes family entertainment and where the pooches don't have to be fancy show dogs. Even better... the star can be your own wonderful fur kid of any heritage, size, sex, age or description.

Of course, we all know that our animal companions are special and this is the ultimate opportunity to share your dog's extraordinary qualities with the rest of the dog loving community. There are multiple classes where you and your fuzzy partner may strut your stuff in classes that range from seasoned oldsters with silvering muzzles, talented canines with a special talent in the best trick category, to even the most "unusual mix" just to name a few.

During the noon break there will be special presentations to honor examples of sacrifice, service, and goodwill. From a heroic military dog who gave his life for this country, to special people who give their time and compassion to help animals in need.

A number of rescue organizations will be present if you're looking for a new furry family member. During the break there will also be a chance for participating groups to tell the story of one of their dogs that is available for adoption. Although there will be no on-site adoptions, applications will be taken from families interested in adopting one of these wonderful rescued companion animals.

Ohlone Humane Society is again the main beneficiary of the generosity of show organizer, The Niles Main Street Association, with 60% of show proceeds donated to OHS for our Spay/Neuter Assistance Program. In these difficult financial times, with increasing veterinary fees, this wonderful gesture is extremely important and appreciated.

2010 Niles Dog Show Schedule of Events:
All Scheduled Event times are in doggy time and are therefore flexible!

8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast and Vendor Set up
New This Year! A $5 Pancake breakfast for volunteers, the public, and event vendors

9:00 a.m. Registration & EZ-Check-in for Pre-registered Dogs
Contestant Registration & Check-in is held by the 3rd Street Park Entrance.

10:00 a.m. Best Costume
Light, cool garments only, please. Dogs and exhibitors may dress alike or exhibitors may pursue any theme in dressing their dogs. Judges will be looking for imagination, uniqueness, and flair.

10:30 a.m. Best Veteran (aka Oldest Dog)
Presented to the oldest dog based on age listed on entry form and/or whoever enters the ring with the oldest dog. Oldest dog wins first place in each split. Class will be split by weight. A Ribbon Series will be awarded for each split.

10:45 a.m. Junior Handler
A class where dogs are handled in the arena by children 12 years and under. Judges will be looking for dog/handler pairs that are well turned out, well mannered and enjoying themselves!

11:15 a.m. Best Performer (2 min limit per dog)
Does your dog know a trick? Sing a Song? Roll over and Play Dead? Good enough! Awards are given for crowd pleasing tricks and for handlers and dogs that visibly enjoy working together.

11:45 a.m. Adoption Parade
Rescue Groups will introduce purebred and mixed breed dogs available for adoption. Adoptable dogs will be exhibited throughout the show at the Adoption Showcase in the Rescue Area under the trees.

12:45 a.m. Special Awards - Sacrifice, Service, and Goodwill
The show will be presenting three special awards to three deserving beneficiaries this year: Marine Corporal Jonathan Melbourne and his dog Tar, Pilots N Paws, and Janette Anderson for their examples of sacrifice, service, and goodwill.

1:00 p.m. Most Unusual Mix
Judges are looking for a mixed breed dog that is singular and unique. Aren't they all!

1:30 p.m. Handsomest Male
Grooming and appearance, and all-around condition of the male dogs are the key to this class. It will be split by weight. A Ribbon Series will be awarded for each split.

2:00 p.m. Prettiest Female
Grooming and appearance, and all-around condition of the female dogs are important here. The class will be split by weight. A Ribbon Series will be awarded for each split.

2:30 p.m. Best in Show!
The Champion and Reserve Champion will be selected from the day's blue ribbon winners. Winners will receive championship rosettes & the Best in Show dog's name will be engraved on the perpetual Best in Show Silver Revere Bowl award.

2:45 p.m. Prize Drawing
Super prizes! Enjoy great services and products offered by many local businesses and service organizations.

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

Visit Vendor Village - Food Booths including vegetarian options, companion animal related information, services and items.

As the show logo says..."No Pedigree? No Problem." Join us for a day of fun whether you want to share your pooch with the world, or are looking for a wonderful four-legged addition to your family, or just want to enjoy a special day.

You can register your fabulous pooch either online or at the show. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. For more information, check out the Niles Dog Show website:

Niles Dog Show
Saturday, July 17
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Niles Community Park
Third & H Street
Niles District, Fremont

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