Dogs to put their best paw forward in annual show


Looking for a doggone good time for you and your pooch?

Look no further than the 16th annual Dog Days Dog Show on Saturday in Seymour.

Dogs will compete in fun categories, such as oldest dog, best trick, dog most resembling owner, best dressed, longest ears, most hair, longest tail, precious puppy, best rescue story and a hot dog hunting contest.

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A new category this year is best smile.

The show will take place in the Keach Parking Lot at Fourth and Walnut streets behind the post office. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with judging at 9 a.m. Entry is $3 per dog, and dogs can enter two categories. There is no cost for people who just want to watch the show.

Judges this year are Dr. Paul Rennekamp with St. Francis Pet Hospital, Seymour City Councilman Matt Nicholson and Kim Louden with Seymour Animal Hospital.

Organized by the Humane Society of Jackson County, the event raises money for spay/neuter assistance and other veterinarian bills for animals brought to the shelter.

Last year’s show featured around 30 dogs. Any size, color and breed of dog can participate, but all must remain on a leash for safety reasons.

Dog-watering stations and waste pickup supplies will be provided.

Medallions and clip-on ribbons will be awarded to first-place winners, and all dogs will receive goody bags of items donated from Pet Supplies Plus and Paws-N-Klaws Pet Parlor.

There will be door prizes, and Paws-N-Klaws will be trimming dogs’ nails for a fee.

Although the event does raise some money, it’s more about bringing dogs and dog owners together to have a good time.

“We hold the dog show so people in Seymour have something fun to do with their dog,” said event chairwoman Ellen Mirer. “There are not many activities in Seymour where people can bring their dogs.”

Mirer said her favorite categories in the dog show are the rescue stories, the best dressed and dog most resembling owner.

The Humane Society also will be accepting monetary donations and needed items, such as bleach, paper towels, dog treats, Purina Puppy Chow and Kitten Chow.

There will be an opportunity for people to donate to one dog in particular named Grace, who came to the shelter extremely emaciated and covered in mange, Mirer said.

“So far, we have spent several hundred dollars on her veterinary care,” Mirer said. “She is on several medications but is making a great recovery.”

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What: 16th annual Dog Days Dog Show to benefit the Humane Society of Jackson County

When: Saturday; registration starts at 8:30 a.m.; judging to begin at 9 a.m.

Where: Keach Parking Lot at Fourth and Walnut streets in Seymour behind the post office

Cost: $3 per dog, and dogs can be entered into two categories


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