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July 16, 2013 > The dogs are out in Niles!

The dogs are out in Niles!

Submitted By Deborah Carey

It's Dog Showtime! On July 20, the Niles Main Street Association will present its 25th annual "Pooch Pow-Wow and Canine Convention" at Niles Community Park in Fremont. This is a fun, family friendly show that includes everyone - mutt to pedigree.

No Pedigree? No Problem!

Purebred dogs are more than welcome at this charity event, but the emphasis is on family companions. Dogs will be judged in fun categories such as: Best Costume, Best Performer, Prettiest Female, Handsomest Male, Best Rescued, Best Veteran (Oldest Dog), and Most Unusual Mix. From all class winners a Reserve Champion will be crowned, and the perpetual Bo Dewey Cup will be awarded to the "Best in Show" winner.

Pooch Pow-Wow has gained in popularity each year, so entries are limited to 200 dogs; registration begins at 9 a.m. The show offers competitors and spectators an opportunity to learn about temperament, care, health, grooming, history, and dogs in community service. When dogs are not in the judging ring, they are invited to enjoy a water park and games site, and to challenge the agility course.

Food to please all palates (including vegetarian) will be available throughout the day. A Pancake Breakfast is scheduled to satisfy the appetites of early arrivals. Vendors featuring dog-related information and goodies are expected to attend.

Attendees are encouraged to befriend and think about adopting dogs (and cats) looking for a good family match through the City of Fremont and private rescue organizations.

This "convention" will feature demonstrations of Sheep Herding and a presentation by Fremont Police Department K-9 teams of how "bad guys" are brought to justice.

A prize drawing/raffle will be held near the end of the show. Winners need not be present. Traditionally, as many as forty different items (including cash prizes) are available for the fortunate. Prizes are both dog and people related, and in the past have included such unique items as Dinner for Four at the Firehouse and professional Tooth Whitening.

There is no admission fee for spectators. Day of event registration for participants is $25 per dog; early registration is $20 per dog. Each registration includes entry in one of the competitive classes, as well as a generously stocked goodie bag. Additional classes may be added to each entry at $5 per class.

Show information (including advance registration data) is available at Proceeds benefit the Ohlone Humane Society and the Niles Main Street Association.

Pooch Pow-Wow and Canine Convention
Saturday, July 20
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (9 a.m. registration and breakfast)
Niles Community Park
3rd and H Streets, Fremont
(510) 742-9868

Free Admission
Registration cost: $20 advance, $25 onsite

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