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March 24, 2009

Strut your mutt at the SPCA Mutt of the Year Dog Show

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2008 Mutt of the Year winner, Sofie, and owner, Jeremy Fawkes

The search is on for the perfect pavement pooch at the 2009 SPCA Mutt of the Year dog show.

Taking place on Saturday 2 May at Camps Bay High School, the SPCA show is now in its 14th year and has become the largest non-pedigree dog show in the country. With several hundred hopeful hounds expected to enter, competition will be fierce.

Event organiser, Juan August, says, “The show is about the relationship between the dog and its owner more than what the dog looks like. We’re looking for lots of shiny coats, happy wiggles and doting owners,” he adds.

The most highly contested category – the 2009 SPCA Mutt of the Year – is open only to mutts, mongrels and mixed breeds between one and eight years old. Pedigree pups should not despair, though, as other popular categories like best pup (dogs four to 12 months old), best veteran (dogs nine years and older), shaggiest dog, and dog with the longest tail are open to both pedigree and mixed breed dogs.

The winner of the coveted Mutt of the Year title will win the floating trophy and feature as the cover dog on the SPCA magazine, Footprints, in July. Fantastic prizes are up for grabs by all winners and finalists, and there are goodies for every entrant.

The 2009 SPCA show will include an exciting new event – a dog agility trial hosted by Dogz Cool. This entertaining display will see trained dogs running around a course against the clock.

Adding to the festivities of the day, the show will see the launch of the World Woof Tour – an epic adventure by SPCA supporter, Joanne Lefson, and her ex-SPCA dog and 2005 Mutt of the Year winner, Oscar. This duo will embark on a six-month tour of 35 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, and North and South America, where they will team up with over 70 animal shelters to promote pet adoption and sterilisation around the world.

Registration opens on the day at 10h00. Entry forms are available from vets, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA or www.spca-ct.co.za

Entrants and spectators can expect a full day of family fun with jumping castles, bargain stalls, great food and plenty of entertainment. The SPCA’s Mutt of Year is open from 10am to 4pm.

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