Dog Show changes venue

Every dog will have its day once again when the 14th Annual Humane Society Dog Show takes place 2 April on the lawn of Pedro St. James Castle.

This will be the first year the event will be held at Pedro St. James. Because of hurricane damage to the Lower Valley Agricultural Pavilion, show organisers decided to try something different.

Another change for this year’s event will be an earlier start. Instead of 10am until 2pm, the show will be held from 9am until 1 pm.

‘We want to avoid some of the afternoon heat with an earlier start,’ said Cathy Richardson, a founder of the Dog Show.

Entered dogs will be eligible for 22 different award categories, including Best Trick, Best Costume, Best Cross-Breeds and Best in Show.

Prizes include ribbons and products like dog food. A trophy will be awarded to the dog named Best in Show.

Instead of the usual $4 per category registration fee, Mrs. Richardson said this year it will be only $3 per category.

As is always the case, there will be no admission charge for people wishing to attend the show.

‘We just want to have a fun, family event that brings some exposure to the work of the Humane Society,’ said Mrs. Richardson.

Unlike many dog shows in other places in the world, the Cayman event is much less formal, and many of the entering dogs have never had any formal training.

‘Some people ask how we can have spayed and neutered animals at a dog show,’ said Mrs. Richardson. ‘I just tell them it’s for the Humane Society. The whole point of the show is to come out and have a good time.’

Besides the amusement of watching dogs young and old, big and small, and smart and not-so-smart strut their canine stuff, attendees can also enjoy the offerings of vendor booths.

Along with food sales, of which 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Humane Society, booths usually include things like face painting, local crafts sales and fundraising service clubs game booths.

No fee is charged for vendor booths, although a donation to the Humane Society is suggested, said Mrs. Richardson.

Only one booth of any particular type is allowed, and vendors are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, so those interested in having a booth at the dog show should contact Mrs. Richardson at 925-8180 as soon as possible she said.

A tent will be erected to provide attendees shade, and the event is held rain or shine.

Mrs. Richardson said she expects this year’s Dog Show to be a very upbeat event with people from all walks of life attending.

‘We’ve checked and there are no other events planned for that day that will conflict, and we think the new location will be wonderful,’ she said.

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