‘Puttin’ on the dog’ this weekend

Nws-Puttin-on-the-dog-A-9-20Greenwich’s annual Puttin’ on the Dog show will taken place this Sunday, Sept. 21, at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, marking the 27th year of the family and pet-friendly competition.

Pet Pantry is the presenting sponsor of the event, which will again benefit Adopt-A-Dog, a nonprofit rescue and adoption organization. Though the day is full of fun events, the focus will be on the pooches as they compete in a dozen fun classes. Class competitions include Aged to Perfection (dogs 10 and older), Puppy Love (dogs under 12 months), Mirror Mirror (pet and owner lookalikes), Poocho Who Can Smooch (best kisser) and more.

Classes will be on display beginning at 11 a.m., rotating each hour until 4:30 p.m.

Competition judges will include the town’s Board of Selectmen, including First Selectman Peter Tesei, who is judging the Mirror Mirror competition, according to volunteer coordinator Kerrin Coyle. While some of the competitions are centered on the dogs alone, some call upon the owners to get into the act too.

“Biggest lap dog, people will bring their Great Danes and mountain dogs and just put them on their lap! It’s just so much fun, it really is a great show,” Ms. Coyle said.

In past years, the event has brought in upwards of 7,000 attendees, all of whom are encouraged to bring family, friends and pets to enjoy the show. “You get to see every kind of dog there is there,” Ms. Coyle added.

Adopt-A-Dog was established in Greenwich by Donna Nives, Gloria Scheuer and Pam Fahnestock more than three decades ago, in 1981. The Adopt-A-Dog Sanctuary is now located in Armonk, N.Y., and provides long-term shelter for dogs and cats while seeking permanent homes for the animals. The nonprofit organization relies on volunteers, donations and sponsors to maintain its operations as it serves individuals from across the tri-state area.

“It’s more than just an animal shelter, it’s a sanctuary for the dogs that are waiting for their homes,” Ms. Coyle said. “We hope people will stop buying from breeders and come and adopt.”

The event will feature a children’s area with a focus on creative activities like coloring as well as a bounce area where kids can work off their extra excitement. Gofer Ice Cream will be one of several food venders providing treats at the park, making the most of the final summer weekend. Last year’s event also featured a number of costumed attendees showed their support for Adopt-A-Dog in full mascot outfits. The Dog Costume Contest will close out this year’s festivities at 4.

New attractions include an adoption space reserved for cats. Visitors will be able to meet felines in need of a home and apply for adoption at the site, ensuring that the day’s spotlight isn’t on the dogs alone.

Standard tickets start at $15 for adults and $5 for teens. Those willing to make a contribution of $250 will also gain unlimited access to Puttin on the Dog’s Very Important Friends Pavilion. Senior citizens will be admitted for $5 each, and children under 12 are free with paid adult admission. There is also an online registration special offering two adult tickets for $20 via Adopt-a-dog.org/pod2014.

Dog registration is $10 for the first class, and $5 for each additional class with a maximum of six per dog. Registration for pets can also be handled via Adopt-a-dog.org/pod2014.

For more information about the Puttin’ on the Dog show or Adopt-A-Dog, visit Adoptadog.org or call 914-273-1674. There will be full coverage in the Sept. 25 edition of the Post.

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