The Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows, one of the finest indoor dog shows in America, is celebrating its 35th year at Reliant Center, July 18-22, 2012. This canine extravaganza brings together dog lovers from across the nation and provides an array of events and exhibitions for the whole family to enjoy.
Beginning Wednesday, visitors can catch the Houston Working Dog and All-Terrier shows and chat with owners/handlers as they prepare their show dogs in the Crating and Grooming area. Thursday offers an all-specialty group of shows, as well as the Working Dog and All-Terrier show, with only Conformation (Breed Judging) competitions that end with “Best of Breed” awards. Friday through Sunday each show culminates with a “Best of Show” winner, chosen from finalists among the seven variety groups with more than 150 different breeds represented. Besides Breed Judging, spectators can watch agility dogs race though obstacles, soaring dogs catching Frisbees®, flyball teams hurdle to beat the clock, impressive dancing dogs and more throughout this multi-faceted series of dog shows.
“Every year the dog show gets better and bigger,” says Tom Pincus, show chairman for the Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows. “After last year’s success, we are glad to bring back the My
Dog Can Do That! events, which allow non-registered dogs to test their skill at a condensed agility course with the coaching from an expert. Events like this make it more than just a dog show and more of an event for the community and their dogs.”
The five-day event incorporates events like Meet the Breed. Meet the Breed, a valuable opportunity for potential pet-owners, offers a hands-on experience with more than 110 breeds and an opportunity to discuss their advantages and disadvantages with breed experts.
The McScotty Market is a dog lover’s dream. In the McScotty Market, you can find booths selling every dog necessity imaginable and major canine welfare organizations presenting helpful information. After shopping, browse through some impressive amateur artwork from Houston-area students at the Mari Jon Filla Student Art Exhibit. The exhibit displays creative artwork from kids, grades K through 12, expressing their unconditional love for the family pet.
Dog show visitors can also support animal welfare at CAP’s “Best Little Doghouse” Designer Doghouse Competition. Here, spectators can vote for and bid on their favorite custom-made doghouse. Auction proceeds benefit Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing shelter and other valuable services to Houston’s dogs in need.
The Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows, sanctioned by the American Kennel Club, supervised by Onofrio Dog Shows and sponsored by Purina, is Houston’s must-see dog event! This premier canine event attracts more than 40,000 spectators, participants and vendors. Adult admission is $10 per day at the door or via Ticketmaster. Tickets for senior citizens are $5 and children 12 or younger are $1 with adult. Visit www.reliantdogshows.com or follow us on Twitter (@Reliantdogshows) for the latest information.
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