Williamsville dog show aims to be a 'howling success'

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WILLIAMSVILLE — Janine Rose thought it would be fun to have a dog show open to anyone and everyone.

Hence, the first ever Williamsville International Dog Show, which flyers say will be "a howling success."

"It's a way for dog lovers to get together," said Rose, who brings her Parson Russell Terrier to participate in shows in places such as New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The local event is happening from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Williamsville Hall. Dog handlers pay $10 for an entry fee and general admission is $5.

The show is not limited to Newfane or Williamsville residents.

"If you're willing to bring your dog, you're in — provided they're not aggressive biters," Rose said. "We're encouraging people to come in outrageous outfits, people and dogs."

Entry forms are available at williamsvillehall.com. They must be submitted by April 13 to The Williamsville Dog Show, P.O. Box 156, Williamsville, VT, 05362.

The form asks basic questions about names, contact information, breed and tricks. Handlers also are asked to write a short description of their dog's personality: "What are his/her favorite activities, food, games, quirks, etc. His/her likes and dislikes? What makes your dog special to you?"

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Organizers and judges are still figuring out if the show should happen inside the hall or outside on the adjacent field. With enough entries, the event will be split up by size of the dogs.

One Stop Country Pet Store in Brattleboro is sponsoring the event. Rose said the business will provide treats and prizes.

"The only thing I need is stakes, then we'll put rope around them to serve as a ring and get a little bit of AstroTurf," she said.

Rose, who promised her husband she wouldn't spend a ton of money traveling to get to shows, claims she is "not that competitive."

"I keep it light," she said. "I learned how to groom and I learned how to handle. It's something I've wanted to do and I enjoy it."

Rose said she wanted to share the experience with Williamsville and called the show a "great way" to raise money for the hall, which began to be open year round this year after weatherization projects made it possible.

This is her first year living in Vermont full time. She previously lived in Manhattan.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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