Dogs of any breed or mix, with or without credentials, will have a chance to be the center of attention on Sunday, Feb. 7 during the Berkshire Community College Foundation's ninth annual "Not Your Average Dog Show."
Organizers specifically emphasize that the show is "not just for purebreds." The family-oriented event is scheduled from 12:30 to 4 in the Paterson Field House on BCC's main campus, 1350 West Street, Pittsfield. Admission for humans and dogs as spectators is free. Donations of any amount to benefit BCC students through the college's annual fund will be gladly accepted but not required.
Dogs participating in the show must be registered. Each dog may be entered in two categories. Because categories fill up fast, pre-registration is strongly recommended and costs $15 through Wednesday, Feb. 3. Starting on Thursday through the day of the show, the fee is $18. Registering a second dog in the same family costs $10. Click here for registration form.
Sample categories include "Best Trick," "Best Smile," "Best Dressed," "Best Hair," and "Mystery Mutt" where volunteer judges try to guess the breeds of the dogs. Category sponsors include Animal ER of the Berkshires, Berkshire Humane Society, The Clip Shop, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Greylock Insurance Co., Dr. Ed Helitzer, KM Favre and Co., and Legacy Banks.
Vendors will have pet related items for sale and non-profit agencies will provide information pertaining to pet services. Refreshments will be offered for sale by the BCC LPN program. BCC Student Government Ambassadors will host a "Kids Activity Table" with face-painting and other activities. Boots the Fire Safety Dog will make a special appearance and there will be an Agilly-O demonstration. A raffle will feature many items and services donated by area veterinarians, product suppliers, and cultural attractions.
Dan Dillon, relationship development officer at Greylock Federal Credit Union will emcee, and Gene Dellea, president of the BCC Foundation, will be the ringmaster.
Dogs must be on a leash at all times. All dogs must have up-to-date rabies shot. Females in season should not participate. Handlers of spectator dogs must agree to event rules. The snow date for the event will be Feb. 14.
For registration forms, event rules and regulations, and to see a wish list of needed items by local animal shelters, click here or call Ann at 413-236-2185.