Building on the phenomenal success of Galveston Island’s first-ever dog show, the 3rd annual “A Bark in the Park”, sponsored in part by Classic Auto Group Galveston, is set for Saturday, April 27th. Again to be held in the historic, beautifully- tree-shaded Kempner Park, 27th and Avenue O, this fun, family-friendly canine competition for island dogs will take place between 10am-2pm. The show welcomes all dogs and all breeds – and their families. Onsite registration opens at 9.30am, followed by the “Blessing of the Dogs” Ceremony promptly at 10am; with the competitions commencing immediately thereafter. Expanded activities for this year will include “The Doggie Derby” Hat Contest, K-9 Kommotion Flyball team, agility demonstrations, obedience demonstrations, microchip services, spay and neuter information, and Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) Testing. Last year, attendance doubled and over $20,000 was raised for the Galveston Island Humane Society –the sole beneficiary of this event.
The competitions this year will again include the following breed classifications: Terriers (e.g. Airedale, fox terrier, Jack Russell terrier); Sporting Dogs (e.g. spaniels and retrievers), Non- Sporting Dogs (e.g. Dalmatian, poodle, shar-pei); Working Dogs (e.g. boxer, pinschers, Portuguese water dog, Great Dane); Toy Dogs (e.g. Pekingese, Pomeranian, toy poodle); Hounds (e.g. Bassett hound, beagle, dachshund, greyhound); Herding Dogs (Shetland sheep dog, Old English Sheep dog, Australian Shepherd); Veterans (this includes animals seven years and older), Puppies ( four months to one year of age), Hines 57 (mutts), and Rescue ( any dog adopted from the shelter or a rescue group.) The competitions will again include a “Best Canine Costume” and “Best Pet Trick” category.
Each class - in this fun, lighthearted canine charity event - will be judged with the winners advancing to the “Best in Show” category. No dog will be eliminated from the competition if unable to do tricks. In addition to the main ring, there will be a second ring with Canine Good Citizenship Testing, Fly Ball, obedience demonstrations, and agility course.
In conjunction with the show and competition, dog enthusiasts can gather important information at the Spay/Neuter Informational booth and Microchip informational booth (with micro-chip services offered for $25), as well as the opportunity to visit with Mutts with Manners representatives following their obedience demonstration. Also returning this year – by popular demand – will be talented local artists showcasing their original canine creations; caricaturists, pet service vendors, a “rescue village” - featuring adoptable dogs from the Galveston Island Humane Society (GIHS), and pet painters to paint your dog's face - or yours!
Also returning this year is the very popular Farmers’ Market. Attendees can purchase freshly-squeezed lemonade (by Sailer's), locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan breads, pastries and sweets, flowers, and more. Also back by popular demand is Rita's Italian Ice, Bark-n-Biscuit, Little Miss Cupcake, Poochie Chick (offering handmade dog tutu's), Froberg Farms and Greaks' smoked meats. Downtown Blooms will be featuring a "kissing booth" with their dog "Olive" to help raise money for GIHS, and the new Bone Voyage Pet Resort will be featured. Also, new this year will be Sunflower Bakery offering a tempting variety of Sunflower's signature sandwiches and pastries, as well as other freshly-prepared light fare to further enhance your enjoyment of a day in the park. Other new vendors include the Kitchen Chick - a popular kitchen accessory shoppe.
In addition to spending a delightful day watching exciting canine competitions, shopping from a variety of outstanding vendors, enjoying great food and beverage, and taking part in a lot of fun family activities, one of the most popular activities returning this year by popular demand is “The Doggie Derby” Contest. Event organizers are encouraging all ladies to wear their fabulous Kentucky-Derby-style hats and enter a contest for a chance to walk in the main ring and win a prize. Entry fee is $10 for each lady wishing to participate in “The Doggie Derby”. This competition will be held during the dog show intermission and all entrants will walk the main ring and show off their hats. Judges will recognize first, second and third place - with the grand prize winner receiving a “Beauty Basket” worth over $300.
To enter a pet(s) in this Charity Dog Show competition, the fee is $10 per dog/ per class. All entries must have proof of current vaccinations and must be on a non-retractable leash. No female dogs in season will be allowed to enter.
For more information about each canine classification and to determine category for your pet(s), please visit online at www.galvestonislanddogshow.com.