DOG, n. A kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world’s worship. This Divine Being in some of his smaller and silkier incarnations takes, in the affection of Woman, the place to which there is no human male aspirant. The Dog is a survival — an anachronism. He toils not, neither does he spin, yet Solomon in all his glory never lay upon a door-mat all day long, sun-soaked and fly-fed and fat, while his master worked for the means wherewith to purchase the idle wag of the Solomonic tail, seasoned with a look of tolerant recognition. -Ambrose Bierce, American Author (June 24, 1842 – circa 1914)
The 9th Annual Ilion Days Dog Show will once again take place on Saturday, July 18th at 10 am at Central Plaza. The Ilion Days Dog Show is a just-for-fun dog show open to all breeds and mixes. The show doubles as a fundraiser, supply-drive, and adoption-clinic for the Herkimer County Humane Society.
Dogs will compete for first, second, and third places in the categories of looks and talent, and also compete for titles such as Most Energetic, Most Lovable, Biggest Personality and Best in Show. The Ilion Days Dog Show is a completely low-pressure, fun show. For the looks portion of the show all that is required of participants is to walk their dog around the “ring” and for the talent portion it is just showing off participant’s dog’s tricks like sit, stay, roll-over, etc. Dogs do not have to jump through hoops of fire or anything crazy.
There are 14 prizes in all and every participant receives a free goody bag, courtesy of German Flatts Veterinary Clinic. Event organizers would like to immensely thank the following vendors: Kinney Drugs, Doggy Styles, and the Velvet Dog who donated and supported the dog show.
Entrance into the show requires a donation of either goods or cash to the Herkimer County Humane Society.
This year’s “celebrity” judges for the show are Ilion Village Trustee Bridget McKinley, Herkimer County Sheriff Chris Farber and a board member from the humane society.
To register for the show, call 315-404-7150, or email your name, your dog’s name, breed/mix, and which category you would like to compete in (looks and/or talent) to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out more at facebook.com/iliondogshow. To view photos of past shows and for more information on other Ilion Days events, visit www.iliondoodah.com