CANNON BEACH - Prancing pugs, strutting schnauzers, dancing Dobermans and classy cocker spaniels are all welcome at a good natured competition at the Dog Show on the Beach Saturday, Oct. 18.
Hosted by the Surfsand Resort and held at the foot of Gower Street, the show isn't exclusively for pedigree pooches but for the everyman, er dog.
This will be the sixth year for the show that serves as a fund-raiser for the Clatsop County Animal Shelter.
Denise Beard of Seattle said she and her husband Jim have made the trip down to Cannon Beach for the show almost every year.
She said in addition to a great reason to visit the coastal town, the show itself is a ball.
"The sight of all the different dogs running around on the sand, it's a fun thing," she said, "something to bring people together."
Beard, who is a longtime volunteer for the Seattle chapter of the Human Society, said she'll be bringing her "wiener dog," Sweetie, to the show. Unfortunately, Sweetie, who is blind and recently had back surgery, won't be participating in the more active events such as the hurdles, high jump and obstacle course, but Beard said her pooch will try to win the ribbon in the best Halloween costume event.
Even if the Sweetie doesn't win, Beard says she enjoys being on the beach and getting "lots of attention."
Surfsand guest services manger Sandy Newman, who runs the event, said she started the dog show as a fund-raiser for the animal shelter. She said the resort, which is pet friendly, had been having a few dog events such as an obstacle course and race for some time, and she decided to wrap all the smaller events into one big show and bill it as a fund-raiser.
The first year, Newman said she had 50 dogs enter the show and raised about $250.
"I think we only had a half day and the weather didn't cooperate, but everybody had a blast," she said.
Last year the show included about 150 dogs and raised $1,000.
Newman said the show is "designed for dogs and dog lovers of all shapes and sizes" and is more about having fun than anything else.
It will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Newman said although the event hasn't been rained out yet, the show will go on weather permitting.
A wide variety of events include cutest puppy, smallest dog, fattest dog, "so ugly you're cute," Frisbee catch, best handshake, best trick and best costume.
Newman said the more popular events are the owner/dog look-alike contest and surf riders in which dogs fetch a stick tossed into the surf.
Contestants in the show are a fairly even mix of Portlanders, Washingtonians and North Coast locals. Registration in the event is free but Newman said a donation along with registration is encouraged.
"That is where we get the bulk of our money," she said.
Each dog that registers in the show gets a free packet of toys and treats donated by Nutro Pet Products and other event sponsors.
In addition to the contests, Newman said there will be presentations by Guide Dogs for the Blind on raising guide dog puppies and one by the Clatsop County 4-H on canine agility. A raffle, prizes and a hot "dog" roast will also be part of the show.
This year's event also includes a memorial for Tau, Dutch, Barkly and Jesse, four dogs that died recently and were regulars in the show.
Newman said she hoped the animal shelter would bring down a few of their dogs like they did last year.
"They were adopted, it was great and they were entered in some events and it was really cool," she said.
For more information or to register, call the Surfsand Resort at (503) 436-2274 or (800) 547-6100.
Dog Show on the Beach schedule of events10 a.m. Cutest Puppy - Mix Breed (2 divisions)
10:15 a.m. Cutest Puppy - Purebred (2 divisions)
10:30 a.m. Oldest Looking Dog
10:35 a.m. Smallest Dog
10:40 a.m. Biggest Dog
10:45 a.m. Fattest Dog
10:50 a.m. Skinniest Dog
11 a.m. Demonstration
11:15 a.m. Prettiest Dog
11:30 a.m. Most Handsome (3 divisions)
11:45 a.m. So Ugly You're Cute
11:50 a.m. Fluffiest (2 divisions)
Noon Most Colorful (2 divisions)
12:15 p.m. Parade of Contestants
12:30 p.m. Hurdles (3 divisions)*
12:45 p.m. High Jump (3 divisions)*
1 p.m. Frisbee Catch (3 divisions)*
1:15 p.m. Doggie Dash (3 divisions)*
1:30 p.m. Obstacle Course (3 divisions)*
1:45 p.m. Surf Riders (3 divisions)*
2 p.m. Demonstration
2:10 p.m. Shortest Tail (2 divisions)
2:20 p.m. Longest Tail (2 divisions)
2:30 p.m. Shortest Ears (2 divisions)
2:40 p.m. Longest Ears (2 divisions)
2:50 p.m. Best Handshake (2 divisions)
3 p.m. Best Smile (2 divisions)
3:10 p.m. Best Tail Wag (2 divisions)
3:20 p.m. Best Bark (2 divisions)
3:30 p.m. Best Trick (2 divisions)
3:45 p.m. Demonstration
4 p.m. Obedience
4:15 p.m. Owner Look-alike
4:30 p.m. Best Costumes (3 divisions)
* Schedule is subject o change. Event divisions based on dog's age or weight. Field events may be canceled due to weather.