Dog show to benefit Humane Society of Jackson County

Does your dog have the most hair, longest tail, longest ears or best smile?

Is your dog unique, old or a puppy, can it do a trick or does it have an interesting rescue story?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, take your dog to the Keach Parking Lot at the corner of Fourth and Walnut streets in downtown Seymour on Saturday for the 19th Dog Days Dog Show. Registration is from 8:30 to 9 a.m., and the show starts at 9 a.m.

For $3, a dog can be entered in up to two categories. Trophies will be awarded, door prizes will be handed out and all dogs will receive a goody bag, the latter being provided by Paws-N-Klaws Pet Parlor.

“It’s not very expensive. It’s probably the most economical thing you could do with your dog,” organizer Ellen Mirer said.

The categories are most hair, longest tail, oldest dog, best dressed, most unique, longest ears, dog most resembling owner, precious puppy, best trick, best rescue story and best smile.

“I just like to see all of the different dogs,” Mirer said. “I especially like the costume category. Best trick is always a favorite, too. There are always some interesting tricks. It’s just a fun event, and you get to see people.”

Local radio personality Jay Hubbard with 92.7 WXKU and 99.3 FM/1390 AM WZZB will emcee the show, and Kim Louden, Dr. Paul Rennekamp and Seymour Mayor Matt Nicholson or another city official will serve as judges.

Registered dogs also may participate in the hot dog hunt. Members of Girl Scout Troop 1239 once again will help with that activity.

All dogs must remain on a leash for their safety while at the show.

Dog supply and information booths will be set up, too. Microchipping is expected to be offered for an additional cost, and there will be information available about the low-cost spay and neuter program from The Big Fix of Jackson County. Plus, there will be water for dogs and people.

Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Jackson County, which sponsors the event with the Jackson County Visitor Center. Money raised typically goes into the medical fund for animals that come to the shelter and need medical attention.

Mirer said cash donations will be accepted, too, along with needed supplies for the shelter, including bleach, Purina Dog Chow, Purina Cat Chow and paper towels.

“If people want to bring donations, we would love that,” she said.

Mirer said organizers decided a couple of months ago to move forward with planning the dog show. The event was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spectators are allowed to attend.

“It is outside, so we can do social distancing,” Mirer said. “Definitely people can sit in the bleachers or they can choose to spread out.”