Dog show a howling success

The recent Humane Society Dog Show was a great success, with more than $1,000 being raised for the society.

This year marked the 20th edition of the show, with organiser Cathy Richardson celebrating her 20th year with the show as well.

The show took place under a big white marquee tent in Camana Bay, with 100 dogs taking part.

The show featured dogs of all shapes and sizes, with categories to suit every possible canine contestant.

Vicki Wheaton served as the master of ceremonies and made sure the crowd was entertained and informed throughout. The day also featured booths set up by numerous companies for a truly festive atmosphere.

Unfortunately due to a contagious canine respiratory infection that had been identified in a number of dogs on Island, it was decided that the Humane Society could not risk the disease being introduced into the shelter and therefore the shelter dogs did not compete as they had in previous years.

However, the event still raised awareness of the work of the society as well as the importance of spay and neuter campaigns.

Even though the numbers did not quite match the turnout the previous year, Ms Richardson said the organisers were very please with the turnout as well as the quality of the contestants.

The day featured many fun categories including best personality, costume and trick, as well as something for the more athletic canines with an obstacle course competition for large dogs and small dogs.

The breed categories drew very strong interest, as the winners in those categories would go on to compete for the Best in Show award.

After conferring for quite some time, the judges awarded Rocky, shown by Alia Huizenga, with the Best of Show award.

Ms Richardson thanked sponsors Animal House, Royal Canin and Camana Bay for making the event possible and helping the organisers raise much needed funds for the society. She also encouraged people to have their pets spayed and neutered, as well as consider adopting a pet from the Humane Society shelter.

“A big thank you to all the SMU vet students, judges and volunteers who came out to make the 20th annual dog show such a huge success,” said Ms Richardson.


Alia Huizinga with Best in Show winner Rocky.
Photo: Eugene Bonthuys


  1. They desperately need the money. In the last few years,they have spayed over 4500 ferel cats and dogs on the island. Can you just imagine how many more puppies and kittens there would be? But there are still a lot of ferel cats and dogs running around, having puppies and kittens, so there is so much more for them to do.

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