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Dogs and Darth for a good cause

Sunday, September 18, 2011

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There will be plenty of fun for animal lovers on Sept. 24 as the seventh fall fund raiser for the Shelbyville Bedford County Humane Society takes place, including contests of all type for those who want to show off their dogs. Pictured here is last year's winner in costume class 18 & under, Kaleigh Houk and her friend Shorty.
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Want to show off your pooch, support a good cause and get your picture taken with Darth Vader's thugs?

If so, Saturday will be the day for you as the Shelbyville Bedford County Humane Society will be holding their seventh fall fundraiser at the Bedford County Agricultural Center.

Attendance is free for the whole family, takes place rain or shine and the fun starts at 9:30 a.m. with the Pet Celebration dog show kicking off at 11 a.m. The sponsor for the event is the Puppy Palace of Shelbyville and all proceeds will go to the Bedford County Humane Association.

As well as showing off your furry friends, for a donation of 50 cents or more, you can have your picture taken with members of the 501st Legion, Vader's Fist, a group of Star Wars costume enthusiasts that take part in fund-raising, charity work, and volunteerism.

Many of the members dress up as Imperial Stormtroopers from the classic 1977 film, as well as other characters from the series.

Classes to be judged at the Pet Celebration are: cutest tail, color class, critter class, which is open to any pet other than a dog, cutest dog, rescue class, for those dogs that have been adopted through the Humane Society or a shelter, best trick and puppy class, for those pooches under 11 months.

Following the first part of the contest, a demonstration from Shelbyville police officer Tracey Nelson and Remy will take place to show how they track down illegal drugs. There will also be a demonstration with miniature donkeys and various other mini farm animals, and more

After the break, the pets will return for costume class, where the dogs are dressed up along with yourself. Categories include "I look like my master," special needs dogs (for those pets who have a disability), prettiest and handsomest dog, for females and males, and of course, best in show, with all first place winners to compete.

The contest is open to all dogs, mixed and purebred and the entry fee is $5 per class, which is open to all ages. Awards in some classes are to be divided into two age groups - 18 and over or under. A concession stand will also be available, as well as pet photography by Kimberly Warren.

There will also be a "critter class" for pet that don't fall into the K-9 category, which has been won in the past by a ball python, a three-legged goat, hamster and a conure (small parrot). All pets must be on leashes and any aggressive or dangerous animal will be asked to leave.

Even the dogs will having fun of their own with games such as Bobbing for Biscuits and Puppy Picasso, which will be offered for a small donation. Also, professional dog trainer Cynthia Hollis will be on hand to answer any behavior questions or address any problem you may be having with your pooch.

For more information about the event, call Mary Jo at the Puppy Palace at 684-7236 or at (931) 224-2567.