Adoptable pets join youth symphony event

The Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association hosts its second Paws Pageant on Saturday, featuring adoptable animals, a host of vendors, free demonstrations, live music and a dog show.

The event, dubbed The Dog Show For Every Dog, runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Santa Fe Railyard District. pawspageant2015Several family-fun activities are planned, including “competitive” events to show off the beauty and talent of dogs. Categories include Best Dressed Dog, Best Talent, Musical Paws, Best Biscuit Catcher, Dog that Looks Most Like its Owner and Dog That Looks Most Like its Owner. A senior stroll is scheduled for 10:45 a.m.

The youth association will perform a variety of music during the event, which also features vendor booths, entertainment and fun activities. The Santa Fe animal shelter’s mobile adoption team plans to bring in a number of adoptable dogs and cats.

Assistance Dogs of the West and Sue McKelvey of Bounce Back Integrative Veterinary Rehabilitation will offer free demonstrations, along with certified dog trainer Mary Leatherberry, who will be administering the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test. The AKC test is recognized as a gold standard for dog behavior; local dogs can earn an AKC CGC certificate for passing the 10-step test.

For more information about the pageant’s categories and to enter your dog, visit the group’s website at Cost is $5 per entry.