Mid-Southerners gear up for a "dog-gone" good time at "St. Jude Showcase of Dogs"

(Memphis, Tennessee, October 7, 2002)



Dog lovers from around the country are heading to Memphis for the premier canine affair, the seventh annual St. Jude Showcase of Dogs.  The event, which is the only one of its kind in North America, is designed to celebrate the life of dogs and raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The St. Jude Showcase of Dogs will take place Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13 at Agricenter International.

The two-day canine extravaganza will feature an all-breed dog show, flyball tournament, agility and obedience competitions, as well as demonstrations highlighting the work of therapy dogs, search and rescue dogs and canine narcotic officers. Spectators may also visit numerous booths with dog food, pet products and pet collectibles.

Since its inception in 1995, the St. Jude Showcase of Dogs has had more than 150,000 attendees and has raised more than $200,000 for the children of St. Jude.

“Showcase is a fun-filled weekend of events for the whole family to enjoy. It features ‘man’s best friend’ working to provide funds for the best friend of children in need, St. Jude,” said Wally Sommerfelt, chair of St. Jude Showcase of Dogs. “This is truly a win-win event because the thousands of out-of-town exhibitors also have a major impact on the Memphis economy.”

The Greater Shelby Kennel Club, Tupelo Kennel Club and Hollywood Pet Star are hosting this year’s St. Jude Showcase of Dogs.  Tickets for the event may be purchased at the entrance -- $7 for adults and $5 for children. Discounted tickets are available in advance at any Hollywood Pet Star location. For more information, please visit www.showcaseofdogs.org. All proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

St. Jude Showcase of Dogs Event Schedule

Saturday, October 12

9:00                  National Anthem and Presentation of Colors
9:10                  Therapy Dogs
9:40                  Eukanuba Elite Team
10:25                Footloose of Houston presents Partners in Rhythm
10:55                Memphis Police Organized Crime Unit’s Narcotics K-9s
11:25                Celebrity Dogs, Straight from Hollywood
11:55                Pet/Owner Look-a-like Contest
12:15                Eukanuba Elite Team
1:00                  K-9 Search One
1:30                  Footloose of Houston presents Partners in Rhythm
2:00                  Stupid Pet Tricks
2:20                  Celebrity Dogs, Straight from Hollywood
2:50                  Memphis Police Organized Crime Unit’s Narcotics K-9s
3:20                  DeSoto Co. Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit
3:50                  Costume Contest
4:10                  Eukanuba Elite Team
4:55                  Therapy Dogs
5:25                  Footloose of Houston presents Partners in Rhythm

  

Sunday, October 13

9:00                  National Anthem and Presentation of Colors
9:10                  Canine Resource Specialists
9:40                  Footloose of Houston presents Partners in Rhythm
10:10                Eukanuba Elite Team
10:55                Memphis Police Organized Crime Unit’s Narcotics K-9s
11:25                Celebrity Dogs, Straight from Hollywood
11:55                Stupid Pet Tricks
12:15                Eukanuba Elite Team
1:00                  Therapy Dogs
1:30                  Footloose of Houston presents Partners in Rhythm
2:00                  Pet/Owner Look-a-like Contest
2:20                  Celebrity Dogs, Straight from Hollywood
2:50                  DeSoto Co. Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit
3:20                  Memphis Police Organized Crime Unit’s Narcotics K-9s
3:50                  Costume Contest
4:10                  Eukanuba Elite Team
4:55                  Footloose of Houston presents Partners in Rhythm
5:25                  Celebrity Dogs, Straight from Hollywood

The following events will be held all day on Saturday and Sunday: Super Dog/Super Puppy, agility trials, obedience trials, all-breed dog show, flyball tournament and the Doggy Fun Zone.