Dogs of any breed or mix, with or without credentials, will have a chance to be the center of attention on Sunday, Feb. 12 during the Berkshire Community College (BCC) Foundation's eleventh Annual "Not Your Average Dog Show."
Organizers specifically emphasize that the show is "not just for purebreds." The family-oriented event is scheduled from 11:30 PM to 3:00 PM in the Paterson Field House on BCC's main campus, 1350 West Street in Pittsfield. Admission for spectators (humans and dogs) is free. Donations of any amount are encouraged and will be gladly accepted at the door. Proceeds will benefit BCC students through the College's annual fund.
Dogs participating in the show must be registered to participate. Each dog may be entered in two categories. Because categories fill-up fast, pre-registration is strongly recommended and costs $15 through Wednesday, Feb. 8. Starting on Thursday, Feb. 9 through the day of the show, the fee is $20. Registering a second dog in the same family costs $10.
Sample categories include "Best Trick," "Best Smile," "Best Dressed," "Best Hair," "Best Dancer" and "Mystery Mutt" where volunteer judges try to guess the breeds of the dogs. Category sponsors include Allen Heights Veterinary Hospital, Animal ER of the Berkshires, Berkshire Humane Society, The Clip Shop, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Dr. Ed Helitzer, and Hilltown Veterinary Clinic.
This year the Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) is collaborating with the BCC Foundation for two NEW events - The Dog Gone Good Chili Cookoff and a Kids Agility Competition. The Chili Cookoff will begin at 11:30 AM and registration is free for all those wishing to compete. There will be categories for both professional and amateur chili chefs, as they vie for a chance to win a top prize and a feature article in "Humane Tails" the BHS newsletter. Entry forms must be submitted by February 9th and are available at www.berkshirehumane.org. All types of chili may be entered in the contest, including vegetarian. Tickets are $5.00 for those who want to sample and cast their vote for the "Best Dog Gone Chili." For any questions, please contact Kathy Kazura, at Pretty Paws, 413-443-0191 or Diane at BHS, 413-447-7878 ext 31.
The Kids Agility Competition will kickoff at 1:00 PM and is a timed course, where children will race through an obstacle course looking to finish with the fastest time. Groups are divided in age categories for children ages 4-6 and 7-8 and prizes will be awarded for the top finishers. Pre-registration is suggested; forms are available at the shelter on 214 Barker Road in Pittsfield. The fee is $2 per child, with all proceeds to go to BHS's spay/neuter fund.
Vendors will have pet related items for sale and non-profit agencies will provide information pertaining to pet services. Refreshments will also be offered for sale by the BCC LPN program.
Erica Kay, of WBEC Live 95.9 FM's Morning Show 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. 19.
Printable Registration form can be filled out and mailed.
Business Participation Options and printable form.
For more information, call Ann at 413-236-2185.