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July 11, 2017 > Unique canine confabulation celebrates19th year

Unique canine confabulation celebrates19th year

Submitted By Gwen Dossey

Its dog show time! On Saturday, July 15, the Niles Main Street Association will present its 19th annual Pooch Pow-Wow and Canine Convention at the Niles Community Park in Fremont. This is a fun, family-friendly show with classes for everyone. No pedigree? No problem. Purebred dogs are more than welcome at this charity event, but the emphasis is on companion animals, which serve as family pets. Dogs of any breed or mix will be judged in such fun classes as Best Costume, Best Dog/Person Look-A-Like, Most Unusual Mix, Prettiest Female, and Handsomest Male. A Reserve Champion will be crowned from all class winners, and the perpetual Bo Dewey Cup will be awarded to the ÒBest in ShowÓ winner.

The event will run from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. with registration and pancake breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. The dog show has gained in popularity each year, so entries are limited to 200 dogs. The show offers competitors and spectators the 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 the water park and games site, and challenge the agility course.

Food to please all palates (including vegetarian food) will be available throughout the day. Many vendors featuring dog-related information and goodies for sale will be in attendance, including BogieÕs Discount Pet Food & Supplies, Central Veterinary Hospital, Fluffy Puppy Pet Grooming, League of Crafty Canines, NanÕs Pet Blankets, West Coast Hawgs for Dogs and more.

Many dogs (and cats) will be available for adoption, both through the City of Fremont and private rescue organizations.

Demonstrations during the show include a dog that knows sign language, and a display by the Fremont Police Department Dog Team showing how the Òbad guysÓ are brought to justice.

Stop by the pavilion (next to the bounce house) throughout the day and bid on three amazing prizes. Bidding will end at 2:30 p.m. Near the end of the show (2:45 p.m.), a prize draw/raffle will be held. Winners need not be present. As many as 40 different items (including cash prizes) are available for the fortunate; prizes are both dog and people related.

Event proceeds benefit the Ohlone Humane Society and Niles Main Street Association.

Platinum Sponsor Beacon Veterinary Specialists on Washington Boulevard have generously joined us to support the Niles Dog Show. Along with Gold Sponsors: The Florence and Farmers Insurance (Niles office) and Silver Sponsors: Alternative Mortgage, Bronco BillyÕs (Niles), Central Vets, Golden Gate Basset Rescue, Mission Valley Vets, and Niles Electric, many others are also helping to make this show possible.

There is no admission fee for the show. For participants, registration is $20 per dog in advance or $25 day of event. 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. Each dog needs to be separately registered for the show.

Additional show information (including advance registration data) is available at

We hope that you will enjoy this yearÕs show!

Niles Dog Show
Saturday, Jul 15
9 a.m.: Registration & Pancake Breakfast
10 a.m. Ð 3 p.m.: Event
Niles Community Park
3rd & H St, Fremont
(510) 790-0306
Free admission
Registration: $20 per dog in advance, $25 day of event

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