Every dog will have its day at the 13th Annual Not Your Average Dog Show set for Sun., Feb. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.at Berkshire Community College's Paterson Field House located at BCC's campus at 1350 West St. in Pittsfield.
The family-oriented event, which is open to all dogs (not just purebreds), is free for both human and canine spectators. Donations are encouraged and will benefit students through the college's annual fund.
State Representative William Smitty Pignatelli will emcee the show and Gene Dellea, president of the BCC Foundation, will serve as ringmaster.
Dogs participating in the show must be registered to compete. Each dog may be entered in two categories. Sample categories include: "Best Trick," "Best Dressed," "Best Hair," and "Mystery Mutt," for which volunteer judges try to guess the breeds of the dogs.
A $15 pre-registration fee is available through Feb. 5. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Starting Feb. 6 through the day of the show, registration is $20 (paid at the door). Registering a second dog in the same family costs $10.
The Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) and the BCC Foundation will once again collaborate on this event. The Kids' Agility Competition, hosted by BHS, will take place at 1 p.m. Children will race through a timed obstacle course ? aiming 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 to the top finishers.
Vendors will have information regarding their businesses as well as pet related items for sale. BCC's Culinary Program will have refreshments for sale.
Dogs at the event must have an up-to-date rabies vaccination and must be leashed at all times. All female dogs in season should not participate. Handlers of spectator dogs must agree to event rules.
Event sponsors include: Allen Heights Veterinary Hospital, Berkshire Eye Center, Berkshire Humane Society, The Clip Shop, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Edwin Helitzer, DMD, Camp Wagalot, Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital and Terrence Sinclair, DDS.
For registration forms, event rules and regulations, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/dogshow or contact Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-236-2185.