The Houston World Series of Dog Shows (formerly Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows), is back to celebrate its 37th year at NRG Park (formerly Reliant Park), July 16-20, 2014. Voted “Show of the Year in 2013” by Purina® Pro Plan® and Dogs in Review Magazine, this fur-tastic event offers canine-loving families the chance to enjoy an array of dog-centered events and learn more about responsible pet ownership.
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 shows. 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 Conformation (breed judging), spectators watch agility dogs race through obstacles, Frisbee® dogs soar through the air, flyball teams hurdle to beat the clock, outstanding dancing dogs and more.
“The dog show is truly a family event,” says Tom Pincus, show chairperson for the Houston World Series of Dog Shows. “We incorporate fun events in a noncompetitive environment, such as the AKC®’s My DogCan Do That! where enthusiasts run their dogs run through an actual agility course with a professional coach, and Your Dog Can Be a Star photo contest where new stars can be discovered for upcoming dog show promotions. Events like these make the dog show exciting for both the families and their pets.”
One of the highlights of the show is Meet the Breeds, created for individuals who are considering adding a new furry friend to the family. More than 110 different breeds are presented with experts on hand to answer any and all questions.
Nearby, the McScotty Market features some of the newest canine products from around the country along with booths from several local and national canine welfare organizations.
The Mari Jon Filla Student Art Exhibit puts the artistic talent of Houston’s youngsters, grades K through 12, on display. Another unique display is the Designer Doghouse Competition and Silent Auction. Presented by Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing shelter and services to Houston’s dogs in need, the competition offers spectators the chance to bid on beautiful doghouses with proceeds benefiting CAP.
The Houston World Series of Dog Shows, sanctioned by the American Kennel Club, supervised by Onofrio Dog Shows and sponsored by Purina® Pro Plan®, is Houston’s must-see dog event attracting 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.houstondogshows.com, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter(@Houstondogshows) for the latest information.
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