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Animal Attraction: Grand Champion Of Events For Dog Lovers

Animal Attraction:  Grand Champion Of Events For Dog Lovers

by Stacy Fox

khou.com

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 6:31 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 17 at 6:31 AM

The Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows, one of the finest indoor dog shows in America, is celebrating its 36th year at Reliant Center, July 17-21, 2013. In this Dogtopia, dog-lovers and their families can enjoy an array of events and exhibitions all located in the same venue.

Beginning Wednesday, visitors can catch the Houston Working Dog and All-Terrier shows. 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. Beside breed judging, spectators watch owners/handlers prepare their show dogs in the crating and grooming area, agility dogs race though obstacles, Frisbees® dogs soar through the air, flyball teams hurdle to beat the clock, impressive dancing dogs and more throughout the five-day dog extravaganza.

“The dog show is truly a family event,” says Tom Pincus, show chairperson for the Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows. “We incorporate new events and activities, like the My Dog Can Do That! agility course and Your Dog Can Be a Star photo contest, for noncompeting dogs and
their owners to enjoy. Events like these make the dog show more of an interactive, family-friendly event.”

The five-day show incorporates events like Meet the Breeds. Meet the Breeds offers potential dog-owners a hands-on experience with more than 110 breeds and an opportunity to discuss their advantages and disadvantages with experts.

Nearby, the McScotty Market has hundreds of booths providing every dog necessity imaginable and unimaginable for spectators to buy. You can also find nonprofit organizations with booths offering information regarding canine welfare.

The Mari Jon Filla Student Art Exhibit and CAP’s Designer Doghouse Competition showcase the creativity of the Houston community. At the art exhibit, see some impressive amateur artwork from Houston-area students, grades K through 12. These always surprising illustrations are inspired by love for the family pet. Another creative treat is the designer doghouse competition. Presented by Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing shelter and services to Houston’s dogs in need, the competition displays custom-made and uniquely themed doghouses for spectators to vote and bid on. Auction proceeds benefit CAP’s shelter animals.

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 $15 per day at the door. Tickets for senior citizens are $10, and children 12 or younger are admitted free with adult. Parking is $10, cash only. Visit www.reliantdogshows.com or follow us on Twitter (@Reliantdogshows) for the latest information.

 

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