If you love dogs and can’t get enough of them, you’ll be in heaven next weekend, when the Bay Colony Dog Show and Canine Pet Expo comes to the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence from Thursday, December 8th through Sunday, December 11th.
The four-day all-breed dog show is one of the nation’s largest American Kennel Club events, attracting more than 5000 entries representing more than 160 breeds, from Affenpinschers to Yorkshire Terriers.
Visitors will be permitted to wander throughout the backstage grooming areas, where they can watch as canine participants are expertly groomed for their turn in the ring, and ask questions of professional handlers and breeders. There will be special “Meet the Breeds” events each day.
In addition to the “Best in Show” competition at the end of each day's breed and group judging, this year’s show features daily agility demonstrations featuring Lois Tolley with Mia, her Flat-Coated Retriever, and Phoenix, her Finnish Lapphund; frisbee demonstrations by the Yankee Flyers Dog and Disc Club; nosework demonstrations by Masterpeace Dog Training; and Police K-9 dog demonstrations by the Plymouth, MA County Sheriff’s Department, thanks to Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog.
Author Susan Santangelo, author of the Baby Boomer mystery series, will be signing books on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 to 3. Ms. Santangelo shares her life with two English Cocker Spaniels, Tucker and Boomer, who are the inspiration for Lucy and Ethel, the canine characters featured in the books.
The nonprofit Bay Colony Dog Show and Canine Pet Expo, sponsored by Purina, is managed by three AKC purebred dog groups: Middlesex County Kennel Club, Ladies Dog Club, and Eastern Dog Club. Proceeds from the show are donated to local dog-related charities. Hours are 8am to 5pm each day, with a $10 admission charge for adults, while children under 12 are free. A coupon good for a $1 discount adult admission is available at the show’s website. Visitors aren’t permitted to bring their own dogs to the event.