Get That Lazy Dog Off The Couch!

Los Barriles dog show is coming and there’s $$$ to be made
BY: WANDA WYN

Hosted by the Baja Kennel Club, this is the second year for the show. This year’s event is expected to attract twice as many spectators and participants as the first show in 2015, which had more than 150 canine competitors and raised over $5,000 for spaying and neutering activities across the East Cape.

Show organizer Emma Nicholson, of the Baja Kennel Club, said the first show’s success exceed expectations, and the feedback from communities, from Cabo to La Paz, makes organizers confident that this year’s show will blow the doors off last year’s event.

“We hope the show will become one of the largest charity tourist events in Baja by uniting people through their love of dogs,” she said.

Created by Nicholson and Tracey Lewis, and supported by their committee, this year’s dog show will feature a range of new events and displays which include: a display by the famous Disc Dogs of Mexico from Mexico City; demonstrations by the Schutzhund Club and the Pit Bull Association of La Paz; amateur agility events, based on experience and a six-week training course in Los Barriles; and Temptation Alley, where dogs are required to run a gauntlet of treats, hot dogs and toys for a prize. (Hmm, if the temptations are that good, what’s the prize for the winning dog like?)

New and existing classes/categories in the dog show include: best looking mixed breed; best looking pure breed; best trick or skill; best costume; the dog that’s most like its owner; and the cutest pair. 

Several new trophies will be introduced to the dog show this year, in honor of three significant community members who devoted their lives to the welfare of Baja Sur dogs in the past few decades and who passed away in 2016.

The Sheila Marshall trophy will be given to the best costume winner; Shelia was the president of Alma. The Ila Buckley trophy will go to the cutest pair winner; Ila was the founder of SNAP. And the Marty Lentz trophy will be awarded to the agility event winner; Marty Lentz was a local philanthropist.

Proceeds from the show will go to local East Cape charities ALMA, Amigos De Animales and SNAP to support essential spay and neuter clinics.

The dog show has secured four times the amount of sponsorship for the 2017 event than for the first dog show, but, hey, they’ll take more. In return, every sponsor will be supported by a sponsor manager and a publicity plan to promote their brand’s involvement in the show before, during and after the event.

  The Los Barriles Dog Show will take place this year on Sunday February 26 at the Hotel Palmas De Cortez. Gates open at 10.30am for 11.00am start.  50 pesos entrance.  Under 10s go free.  $40 pesos per dog per event.

Interested vendors or sponsors can contact Nicholson at 624-151-2381 or emma@bajakennelclub.com.