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Cary prepares for children's dog show

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  • Mikey Fornelli of Cary walks with his dog Cubbie, a golden doodle, who won Best Costume at a previous Cary Park District Kids Dog Show at Lions Park.

      Mikey Fornelli of Cary walks with his dog Cubbie, a golden doodle, who won Best Costume at a previous Cary Park District Kids Dog Show at Lions Park.
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By Rafael Guerrero
rguerrero@dailyherald.com

Dog shows tend to be a stressful event for dogs and owners alike. In a dog show solely for children and their pets, the stress might just disappear entirely.

The Cary Park District looks to entertain humans and animals alike with its third annual Kids Dog Show Saturday, July 23.

The dog show drifts from the traditional format by only allowing children between the ages of 5 and 13 to participate with their canine friends.

The dog show is basically a new concept, said Katie Hughes, Cary Park District director of communications and marketing. In its third year, the event was meant for only children. However, recent developments in Cary regarding canines, particularly with the construction of a dog park in Hoffman Park slated to open in the fall, may generate interest to create an adult dog show.

There will be many categories in which participants will compete, including best costume and smallest dog. Winners receive congratulatory certificates. The categories are judged by park district representatives.

Hughes said this show is a great opportunity to show the residents what they don't normally see in their four-legged neighbors.

"If they have a special trick, if they have a unique personality or trait, here they can show it to more people," Hughes said.

The show will be from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at Lions Park, 1170 Silver Lakes Road in Cary. The dogs must be leashed at all times and must be able to interact well with both people and other dogs.

Registration is required for the show. To register, payments are accepted at the Cary Park District Community Center, 255 Briargate Road. Fees are $5 for Cary residents and $8 for nonresidents.

For details, visit carypark.com or call (847) 639-6100.

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