SPCA dog show this weekend

August 28, 1997


Staff Writer

Steve Clayton treasures his friendship with his chow, Tony, and he has the Washington County SPCA to thank.

So when he was asked to participate in Saturday's SPCA Companion Dog Show, he jumped at the chance.

The show will be held at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center at 7313 Sharpsburg Pike from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A maximum of 200 unregistered and mixed breeds will be shown.

Clayton is one of many exhibitors who will be showing SPCA animals they adopted.

"I lost my female chow, Sheba, in April 1996," Clayton said. Then he saw an advertisement in the newspaper featuring a chow and he decided it was time to become a dog owner again.


When he saw Tony at the SPCA in September 1996, he knew he was right.

"Everybody at the SPCA just loved Tony - they all waved goodbye to him as we left," Clayton said.

The dog show Saturday will feature a number of categories.

In addition to the regular obedience events, there will be best tail wagger, best trick, best dressed/coordinated, owner/pet lookalike, most unusual, cutest, biggest and smallest.

There also will be a good citizen test for pet owners and an agility ring for contestants.

"I think we are going to be in the best dressed category," Clayton said, although he hadn't decided what costume Tony would wear.

Previously Tony has been a smashing Santa and a dutiful deputy, complete with hat, badge and holster.

Clayton and Tony participated in Pets on the Canal earlier this year where Tony was dressed as a deputy. He seemed to enjoy the attention.

A police K-9 unit will be giving demonstrations, according to Vickie Veit and Julie Gay, who are coordinating the fund-raiser for the SPCA.

Entry fees are $15 per pet with an additional $10 charge for dogs from the same household. Admission for visitors is $3.

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