The Humane Society of Waupaca County, PawPaca, Countryside Animal Hospital, and the Fox Valley Animal Referral Center are again sponsoring the Next “Top Dog” Model contest, a fun-filled event that is open to “pampered pooches” throughout Wisconsin. All dogs, mixed breed and purebred, are invited to participate in the Next “Top Dog” Model event which take place at PawPaca, 701 S. Industrial Dr. east of Waupaca just off of Hwy. 22/54.
This year there will be two events, the preliminary contest will be held on Wednesday, January 20 at 7 PM. At the preliminary event 10 finalists in the small dog (40 pounds and less) category and 10 dogs in the large dog category (41 pounds and over) will be selected to appear in the final event on January 27 at 7 PM at PawPaca. During the preliminary event, all the dogs will appear two times. The first appearance will feature the dog “au naturel” (wearing their collar and leash). The second time will feature each dog doing a trick (i.e. speak, shake, high 5, roll-over, etc.).
On Wednesday, January 27, the finalists will “strut their stuff” on the “runway” at Pawpaca, and a Small “Top Dog”…Model, a Large “Top Dog”…Model, and a “Canine Congeniality” winner will be selected by the audience and the panel of judges. The dogs will appear three times: the first time “au naturel”; the second time in attire that expresses their personality, (i.e. formal wear, hiking gear, sporting attire, etc.), and the third time will be the talent portion where each dog will do a trick, i.e. sit, shake, speak, etc.
Judging will be based on the same type of things you would judge on for a modeling competition including poise and panache. The winning dogs will be both engaging and well-mannered. Selection of the finalists at the preliminary competition will be determined by both the audience vote (50%) and the vote of a panel of judges (50%). The two “Top Dog”…Model winners the final night will be determined the same way. The “Canine Congeniality” winner will be determined by audience vote alone.
To enter the contest, each dog’s guardian must submit an entry form to the Humane Society of Waupaca County by January 15, 2010 accompanied by a $20 entry donation. 10 finalists in the Big Dog Class and 10 finalists in the Small Dog Class will be selected at the preliminary event on January 20 to participate in the final event on January 27, 2010.
General admission to the Next “Top Dog”…Model preliminary event will be $2 and $5 for the final event. Each paid spectator will be able to vote for the dog who they think should win the Large “Top Dog”…Model and Small “Top Dog”…Model categories and the “Canine Congeniality” award.
Entry forms and contest rules are available at PawPaca and the Humane Society of Waupaca County which are in Waupaca, at the Wolf River Veterinary Clinic in New London, and online at www.waupacahumane.org
. All proceeds from the Next “Top Dog” Model event will benefit the Humane Society of Waupaca County dog adoption programs, so please enter and attend this fun-filled event!