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Show Your Paws for a Cause

The S.H.A.R.E. House will hosting a dog show for a great cause this month and you and your dog are invited.

Has anyone ever told you that you and your dog look alike?  

Does your dog do really neat tricks?   

If you think your dog is something special, you might just want to enter him in the third annual Paws-an-Effect Dog Show. The show takes place on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Dog Area and it’s happening for a good cause. Don’t have a dog? Don’t worry; everyone is welcome, and there will be a few good shelter dogs there who are available for adoption.

Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with Charles Branson, the fundraising chair for the S.H.A.R.E. House, about the event.  

Sarah’s Critters: When and where is the dog show? 

Charles Branson:  Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Deer Lick Park Dog Area, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  General admission is free.  

SC: What is the purpose of the show? 

Branson: To raise money for the S.H.A.R.E. House. S.H.A.R.E. stands for Someone Helping Another through Resources and Education. S.H.A.R.E. House Douglas is a non-profit organization, providing crisis intervention and the continuum of care to address the causes and effects of family violence.

SC: How did the show get started?

Branson: A board member suggested it three years ago. We tried it. It was successful.

SC: How can people register?

Branson: Go to http://sharehousedouglas.org/2011_DOG_SHOW_REGISTRATION_FORM [to print the registration form]. You can register at the show for $25.

SC: What kinds of contests are available?

Branson: Awards for the dog show will be given for “Best Pet Trick,” “Best Pet and People Look Alike,” “Most Athletic,” “Best Purebred,” “Most Obedient,” “Most Mysterious Heritage,” “Best Tail Wagging” and “Most Adorable."

SC: What other events will take place?

Branson: Vendor booths, adoptions, micro-chipping, obedience training, pooch mini makeovers, photo opportunities and K-9 police unit dog demonstrations, as well as children’s activities, delicious goodies, door prizes and more  

SC: Do the dogs win prizes?

Branson: Winners receive a blue ribbon. Whether it's yours or the dog's is something you two can work out. We'll also have a special recognition for those who have rescued strays or shelter dogs.

Thank you to Charles Branson for taking the time to answer our questions. I’d like to encourage anyone who can to attend. Not only will you be helping raise money for one of the county’s greatest charitable organizations, but you will be helping to raise awareness for the county’s homeless pets. And who knows, you might just meet a furry friend you never knew you needed!   If you’d like more information about the dog show and the purpose of the show, visit the S.H.A.R.E House website. The Deer Lick Park dog area is located near the tennis courts at Deer Lick Park, which is at 2105 Mack Road in Douglasville.

Charles Branson October 02, 2011 at 01:13 PM
Although the first quote from me says Oct. 1, the correct date is October 15. There's still time to become a vendor or sponsor, and plenty of time to work on your dog's tail wagging expertise.
Sarah E. Anderson October 02, 2011 at 04:03 PM
Hmm, not sure where that 5 went! Sorry about that.
Charles Branson October 03, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Also the event is being held at the Deer Lick softball field, not the dog area. That allows us better seating, a great show area, and better access to concessions, etc. Sorry, that I didn't give you that info.

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