Claremore Daily Progress

August 16, 2012

Dock Dogs highlight 3rd Annual Expo

Tom Fink
Staff Writer

CLAREMORE — While “getting your ducks in a row” may be the common euphemism for getting things organize, for Jean Hurst, a more appropriate idiom would be “getting your dogs in a row.” 

As Claremore Animal Shelter supervisor, Hurst and her staff are currently finalizing last minute details and preparations for next week’s Claremore Dog Expo. 
“We’ve still got a lot of work to do before we ‘open the doors’ so to speak, but we’ll have everything set up in plenty of time. People won’t have to worry about this year’s Expo not being ready come Friday,” Hurst laughed. Slated for Aug. 25-26, the third annual Claremore Dog Expo boasts a weekend full of family- and canine-friendly events and activities for dogs, dog-owners, and dog-lovers.
“For people who’ve been the previous (Dog Day) Expos, they’ll be glad to know we’re bringing back several favorite events,   most notably the Dock Dog competitions. Those were a huge hit the first two years, and we’re confident they’ll be an even bigger hit this year,” she said, “but we’re also introducing some new things to the itinerary which we think will really be crowd-pleasers.”
Hurst said she expects the Dock Dogs to make the same “splash” as it has in years past, with competitions again open again to persons over the age of seven and dogs of any breed.
In previous years, competitors from half a dozen different states converged in Claremore to compete, with at least as many states expected to be represented again this year, Hurst said.
“We will also be featuring dog adoptions from the local shelter and rescues groups,” Hurst said, “and we’re presently scheduling demonstrations such as Herding, Agility, Schutzen, Rallying and a Dog Drill Team.”
As in previous years, there will be contests for dogs in categories of Best Costume, Ugliest and Cutest dog, People /Dog Look Alike and Best Trick.
“I really believe this year’s Claremore Dog Expo is going to be the best one yet,” Hurst said. 
The third annual Claremore Dog Expo runs Saturday, Aug. 25 and Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Claremore Expo Center, 400 South Veterans Parkway in Claremore. Admission is $6 for adults, and $3 for children under the age of 6. Half price admission is available with the donation of dogfood, catfood or (cat) litter for the animal food pantry.
Weekend passes will be available.
Proceeds go to benefit the Claremore Animal Shelter to support adoption events throughout the year and to assist resources towards needs at the Claremore Animal Shelter.