Wednesday February 6, 2013

The 12th annual Not Your Average Dog Show is set for Sunday, Feb. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Berkshire Community College’s Paterson Field House.

The family-oriented event, which is open to all dogs (not just purebreds), is free for both human and canine spectators. Donations are encouraged and will benefit students through the college’s annual fund.

Dogs participating in the show must be registered. Each dog may be entered in two categories. Sample categories include: Best Trick, Best Dressed, Best Hair, and Mystery Mutt, for which volunteer judges try to guess the breeds of the dogs.

For a complete list of categories, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/dogshow or contact Jeff Doscher at (413) 235-2186.

Starting Feb. 7 through the day of the show, registration is $20. Registering a second dog in the same family costs $10.

The Berkshire Humane Society and the BCC Foundation will once again collaborate on this event.

The Kids’ Agility Competition, hosted by BHS, will take place at 1 p.m. Children will race through a timed obstacle course. Groups are divided in age categories for children ages 4-6 and 7-8 and prizes will be awarded to the top finishers.

The fee is $2 per child and pre-registration is suggested. Forms are available at the shelter, 214 Barker Road. All proceeds to go to BHS’s spay/neuter fund.


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Vendors will have information regarding their businesses as well as pet related items for sale. BCC’s Culinary Program will have refreshments for sale.

State Representative William Smitty Pignatelli will emcee the show and Gene Dellea, president of the BCC Foundation, will serve as ringmaster.

Dogs at the event must have an up-to-date rabies vaccination and must be leashed at all times. All female dogs in season should not participate.

Handlers of spectator dogs must agree to event rules.

For registration forms, event rules and regulations, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/dogshow or contact Anne Phillips at aphillips@berkshirecc.edu or (413) 236-2185.