County Fare: Casting call for canines this weekend


Does your pug have a mug for a rug? Does your bichon frise really have what it takes to be a pitchdog? Does your terrier have what it takes to be the next top (dog) model?

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Dash & Albert Rug Company -- founded by Berkshire entrepreneur Annie Selke -- will hold a casting call for dogs this weekend with the winning canine getting a chance to have his or her photo shot for the rug company's upcoming catalog.

The casting call is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m., at The Outlet at Pine Cone Hill, 125 Pecks Road, Pittsfield.

Suggested donations of $10 to $100 will be accepted for the portrait sitting, with all proceeds benefiting the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter in Pittsfield. All canine participants will be photographed by a professional photographer and will receive print-resolution digital images.

Casting call RSVPs will guarantee a time slot. To register, email your name and preferred day to

Judging of the finalists will take place on the Dash & Albert Rug Company Facebook page.


Local Emmy award connection: Amy Bass has won an Emmy Award as a member of the NBC team that broadcast the 2012 London Olympics. Bass -- a Berkshires native whose parents, Milt and Ruth, live in Richmond -- was a supervisor of the network's Olympic Research Room.

NBC won the Emmy for Outstanding Live Event Turnaround. The Research Room provided background information and monitored breaking stories for the broadcast of the Games.

In an announcement by The College of New Rochelle, where Bass is a professor, London marked the eighth Olympics that Bass has worked for NBC.

An internationally recognized expert on the interdisciplinary study of sports, Bass's first book, "Not the Triumph but the Struggle: The 1968 Olympic Games and the Making of the Black Athlete," is considered a standard bearer for those interested in writing about sports from a cultural perspective.

Bass' edited collection, "In the Game: Race, Identity, and Sports in the 20th Century," solidified that reputation.

Her most recent work, "Those About Him Remained Silent: The Battle Over W.E.B. Du Bois," on the culture of civil rights struggles and memory, recently received an Honorable Mention from the National Council on Public History. She edits her own book series, "Sporting," with Temple University Press.

As a professor of history and director of the honors program at The College of New Rochelle, Bass teaches a course titled "Race, Sport, and Society," which brings many of her Olympic experiences into the classroom.

Just this semester, she advised an Honors colloquium project on the role of sports in the Cold War, with a particular focus on the U.S. hockey team's victory over the Soviet Union in Lake Placid in 1980, the so-called Miracle on Ice.

Bass received a Ph.D. with distinction in history from Stony Brook University, and is a graduate of Bates College.

County Fare, a weekly column featuring "tales from throughout the Berkshires," is compiled by Eagle staffers. Visit the County Fare blog at


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