Boston Goes to the Dogs - Bay Colony Dog Show Offers Four Days of Tail-Wagging Fun, December 7-10, 2006 at the Bayside Exposition Center

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Sponsored by Pedigree, The Bay Colony Dog Show is one of the nation's largest American Kennel Club all-breed dog shows. With agilty and over 80 holiday shopping and public service booths and weekend demonstrations, the show offers information and entertainment for dog lovers of all ages.

One of the country’s largest AKC dog shows is back at the Bayside for four days of tail-wagging fun. Sponsored by Pedigree brand dog foods, The Bay Colony Cluster Dog Show is a series of four shows, with an average of 3,000 pedigree pooches competing each day for “Best In Show” honors and AKC titles in their respective breeds and groups.

The Bay Colony Cluster Dog Show is organized and run by volunteers from five prestigious local AKC dog clubs: Eastern Dog Club, Ladies’ Dog Club, Middlesex County Kennel Club and Concord Dog Training Club, and agility trials by the Yankee Golden Retriever Club.

The Bay Colony Dog Show runs Thursday, December 8 through Sunday, December 11, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Bayside Exposition Center. Admission is $12 for adults and seniors and $7 for children. Parking is $12 and tickets are available at the door. For information and ring schedules, visit http://www.baycolonydogshow.com or call the show hotline at 508-533-1153. Sorry, the public is not permitted to bring their dogs to the dog show. The Bayside Exposition Center is handicapped accessible and is located off Rte. 93 South (exit 15 from the south; exit 14 from Rte. 93 North).

Over 30,000 people will learn about 160 AKC dog breeds, from the popular cocker spaniels and golden retrievers to the newly-recognized American Kennel Club (AKC) breeds such as Black Russian Terriers, Glen of Imaal Terriers, German Pinschers and Neapolitan Mastiffs. Every day offers a unique mix of competitions, demonstrations, and special events, and each day of the show is presented by a different prestigious AKC dog club resulting in one “Best in Show” trophy each day. On all four days of the show, spectators can watch dogs of all shapes and sizes participate in the fast-paced agility trials, run by the Yankee Golden Retriever Club. Agility trials are timed competitive events where dogs race their way through obstacles competing for AKC titles. (See website for schedule.)

On Saturday and Sunday, the show offers family-oriented dog demonstrations in Ring 14 that will delight dog lovers of all ages, as well as chances to meet show dogs up close and personal and tour the “backstage” grooming areas to see how pampered pooches are primped and prepped for the show ring.

Are you sweet on your Saluki but can’t find a Christmas ornament or holiday stocking with his adorable face? Dog lovers will be in holiday shopping heaven with 80 concession booths displaying every type of “doggy bling-bling” gift imaginable for your pampered pooch. Just a few items featured include hand-knitted sweaters, specialty t-shirts and hats, grooming supplies, exercise equipment, digital photography, gourmet treats, handmade toys, safety products, bedding, leather products, fine jewelry and dog antiques.

If you are looking for information about a particular breed before making the big leap to dog ownership, public service booths will provide information about getting started in dog shows, breeder referrals, dog-related volunteer opportunities and careers, and purebred and breed rescue adoption programs.

Educational exhibits include the American Kennel Club, Pedigree’s Select-A-Dog computer, MSPCA, Purebred Dog Breeders Referral Service, Animal Rescue League of Boston, 4-H Clubs, Search Dogs Northeast, N.E.A.D.S. assistance dogs, Canine Companions for Independence, Pets & People, and breed rescue clubs from throughout New England. (exhibits subject to change) Show proceeds benefit dog-related charities such as the Scholarship Fund at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Search Dogs Northeast, Breeder Referral Services, and Angell Memorial Animal Hospital.

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