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Canines a big hit at annual show

August 10, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, PA. - It was a tradition that began in 2004, when Greg Hoover, then president of the Old Home Week Association, said he wanted something new in the weeklong celebration.

Cora Crider came up with the idea to have a dog show, and it has been a part of Old Home Week ever since.

"I had thought about it for quite a while and never taken the time to mention it," said Crider, chairwoman of the dog show. "We have five more dogs than we did last time."

Old Home Week's second triennial "Fun" Dog Show on Thursday brought 60 dogs to the Jerome R. King playground in Greencastle to display their talents and looks in any of the 10 categories, as well as Best of Show and Best Junior Handler (younger than 14 years old).

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From a baby Yorkshire terrier to a Great Dane, all sizes of dogs were represented in the competition.

Rosco, a beagle, handled by Fred Young of Greencastle, won first place in the Best Vocalist category. Rosco sang along to Young, as he whistled "Oh Beautiful for Spacious Skies."

"I think it's a great thing for the community," Young said of the dog show. "It's a hit - you can see how many people are here."

Although a thunderstorm cut the dog show short, winners were determined for the first five categories, which included Most Unusual, Owner/Dog Look-A-Like, Best Vocalist, Best Costume and Best Trick.

Hershey, handled by Dotti Zimmerman, demonstrated his agility in the Best Trick category.

When Hershey displayed his trick, announcer Hoover said "this one is trying out for the Greencastle-Antrim High School football team."

"He does agility through treats and positive reinforcement," Zimmerman said. "We work with him probably every day."

Zimmerman compared Hershey's agility training to that of conditioning for high school football.

Hershey won second place in the category.

"I think it's good to promote the best in dogs," said Virginia Hengst, who also had a dog in the show. "Dogs get too much of a bad reputation."

The show was sponsored by the Greencastle-Antrim Lioness Club.

Old Home Week continues through the weekend. For more information about the schedule and activities, go to www.oldhomeweek.org.

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