Lowcountry dogs compete to be Charleston's best in show

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The Charleston Dog Show is getting ready to celebrate its seventh year as Charleston’s official dog show on Saturday, May 1st in Marion Square.

Welcoming dogs of all breeds and pedigrees, The Charleston Dog Show promises all of the fun and none of the fuss of a traditional dog show.

Here's more on the upcoming canine event from the press release we received just the other day:

Founded by Middleton Place Hounds—in partnership with Lowcountry Lab Rescue, Low Country Golden Retriever Rescue Resource and now Greyhound Pets of America/Charleston—dogs of all shapes, sizes, talents and tails are invited to show off style, form, personality and showmanship in 14 different classes. Spectators’ favorites include the Sporting Dog, Toy Dog, Heinz 57, Children’s Handling, Puppy, Senior, Costume, Trick, and the newly added “RESCUE” classes. Top performers in each class will be awarded trophies and ribbons followed by the acclaimed Alpha Dog Omega Cat “Best In Show” award presented at the end of the day.

Held in conjunction with The Charleston Farmers Market at Marion Square, Charleston Dog Show highlights also include a ceremonial opening with the Blessing of the Dogs, Dog Rescue Village, Dog Vendors, Microchipping, Canine Good Citizen (CGC) testing, Kids’ Korner, Dog Photo Booth, Silent Auction (with pet artwork), Agility Trials and Obedience Demonstrations. At midday, the South Carolina Bank and Trust (SCBT) Dog Patron of the Year Award will be presented; new this year is the invitation to the general public to submit nominations for this award.

Entry fees are $10.00 per dog per class and participants can enter up to 10 minutes prior to each class. Registration begins at 8am, and the show begins at 8:30am. CGC testing will be available for $20 per dog from 9am-12pm and Agility Trials and Obedience Demonstrations will be available from 12:30pm-3pm. Charleston Dog Show judges will consist of regional dog experts and enthusiasts.

Presented by South Carolina Bank and Trust (SCBT), Charleston Dog Show proceeds support Lowcountry Lab Rescue, Low Country Golden Retriever Rescue Resource, Greyhound Pets of America-Charleston and Middleton Place Hounds. For more information, visit charlestondogshow.com.