Does Rufus have that trick ready? Is Trixie’s best outfit pressed? Is Fluffy the cat ready to do whatever it is cats do?
The LaGrange-Troup County Humane Society’s annual pet show is Saturday, and there could be benefits just for showing up.
The first 29 dogs to enter will get a free Purina “busy bone.” This year’s event also includes a raffle – tickets are $1 each and you must be present to win – of 13 gift baskets, including one grand prize “girls’” basket and one “boys’” basket.
Big Sam’s Barbecue also will be selling plates, with part of the proceeds to benefit the humane society and Tastefully Simple will have samples of their products on hand. Sussman Imaging will be doing pet photography.
Dogs and cats will compete for titles like “most tail wags,” “most adorable” and the coveted “pet of the year” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Lafayette Square. Registration starts at 11 and the first category will be called around 12:30.
The show is in its 28th year and judges this year are Amanda Plumlee, Lindsey Elkins and Shane Starr. The DJ for the event is MC Dance-A-Lot.
Registration is $3 for one category, $5 for two categories, $7 for three categories and $10 for unlimited categories.
Animals may be entered in these categories: most tail wags, shortest dog, tallest dog, owner/ pet look-alike, most adorable dog, most adorable cat, most talented, most athletic, most patriotic, best kisser, fluffiest pet, most unusual markings and pet of the year. Pet of the year is open only to animals adopted from the City of LaGrange shelter or the humane society.
The pet of the year winner will receive a trophy and ribbons will be given out for first-, second- and third-place winners, along with participation ribbons for other entrants.
The show also is a chance for animals up for adoption at the shelter to have a moment in the sun. A “pet parade” of adoptable animals will take place before the show starts, and the shelter’s mobile unit will be on hand for those who want to adopt their own pet. October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and all dogs adopted will be at half the normal price, ranging from just $9.25 to $37.50.
Along with the pet show activities, there will be face painting and games for children.
All pets must be at least 3 years old, on a leash and be current on vaccinations. Children under the age of 12 with a dog or cat must also be accompanied by an adult and owners are responsible for their pets’ behavior at all times.