AAfter a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19, the Ahwatukee family dog ââshow returns for Halloween this year, with plenty of tips and treats for dogs and humans alike.
Scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, October 31 at Ahwatukee Park, 4700 E. Warner Road, it is co-sponsored by Ahwatukee Community Swim, Tennis & Event Center and Desert Dog Obedience. The Ahwatukee Farmer’s Market will also be open, as always, in the parking lot on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with ready-to-eat food and drinks.
âWe have fun categories every year, and this is the 14th year,â said Susan Rast, director of the center. “Best costume – since it’s Halloween – best kisser, cutest dog, best high-five or shake, more talkative, best tail wag, cutest senior seven and up, most colors and / or brands.” unusual and cutest rescue dog. “
Registration before October 30 is $ 7 per dog per category and $ 3 for each additional category. On the day of the show, registration takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and costs $ 8 and $ 4 respectively.
It’s free and there will be
free candy bags for kids, photo space, dog breed clubs, rescue groups, vendors and a raffle to benefit Leave No Paws Behind.
âWe also give the dogs their own little trick or bag of treats,â Rast said.
Doggie demonstrations with flyball, karting and Desert Dog Obedience are also popular at the show.
The demos are exciting, said Rast, because they are very competitive.
âIt looks like a corn hole board,â she explained. âThey hit the board and the ball comes out and they bring the ball back to their coach. Everything is timed (and) it’s amazing how fast they are.
About 60 to 80 dogs are expected for the show, and you don’t need a dog to enjoy the day.
“It was very fun; everyone laughed, “said Kat O’Brien of Ahwatukee, whose Pomeranian Zuma won best high-five and best in show at the last show in 2019.” There’s a lot going on though you don’t show your dogs.
O’Brien said Zuma “took a trick to win”, and she got a winning trifecta because her fellow Pomeranian, Winston, also won the cutest dog in the previous show.
âZuma is 9 years old, so we’ve been working on her little tricks for years, but they’re not show dogs,â she said. In fact, Winston decided at one point that he was tired of walking and just lay down.
O’Brien’s dogs are “attention pigs,” she said.
âThey lapped him up. They both love people hugging and giving them attention, so they were happy with that. “
She hopes to enter the competition again this year if she doesn’t work. âZuma worked more on his twists,â O’Brien added, and Winston worked on the walk, not just lying on the leash.
Dean Andrews’ dog Ren was crowned best kisser at the previous dog show, which surprised him, he said, because “he’s not the best kissing dog I have. ouch, but he performed well “.
This year Andrews of Ahwatukee is considering bringing in his two terriers, Jake and Elwood, who joined the family in January 2020.
âThey are the most affectionate dogs,â he said, adding that Ren and his Yorkie, Zoe, could also come if his wife and daughter accompanied him to help them argue.
If they all get there, he said, âJake and Elwood are definitely in the kissing category, there’s no doubt about it. And the four dogs are candidates for the cutest, but everyone thinks their dog is cute.
He’s considering the Blues Brothers costumes for Jake and Elwood, or, he added, “I was also playing with the idea of ââwearing a Mandalorian helmet and dressing them up as Jawas or Baby Yodas.”
Andrews recommended that only dogs enthusiastic and happy to be a part of the action be entered into the show; otherwise, he suggested looking aside.
The center requests that the dogs entered be well behaved, at least 4 months old, have their current strokes and be kept on a leash of 6 feet or less.
Of course, please clean up after your dog.
Even those who don’t have dogs should bring the whole family, noted Andrews: âI would encourage other people who don’t have dogs to go see how much fun people are having with their pets.
If you are going to…
What: Ahwatukee family dog ââshow
A competition with prizes for dogs in various categories, dog demonstrations, raffle, dog breed groups, dog rescues, vendors, child and dog treat bags and the farmers market Ahwatukee (including food vendors).
Or: Ahwatukee Park, 4700 E. Warner Road.
When: 9 a.m. to noon on October 31.
Cost: Free participation; registration before October 30 is $ 7 per dog per category; $ 3 for each additional category; On the day of the show, registration takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and costs $ 8 and $ 4.
Info: (480) 893-3431.