(FOX Providence) - One of the oldest and most prestigious sporting events in North America, Providence's Bay Colony Cluster Dog Show brings a more than100-year-old tradition to the Rhode Island Convention Center December 9-12, 2010.
The Bay Colony Dog Show is a four-day show, with each day is hosted by three prestigious New England American Kennel Club (AKC) organizations.
-- "Meet the Breeds" (12-1p Sat. & Sun.) is a great place to meet the nation's top purebred dogs and reputable breeders while learning more about a handful of breeds' history, standards, and unique qualities.
-- "Training You To Train Your Dog" by Julie Rembrandt-Seeley, (11a and 2p Thurs, Fri, Sat). Ms. Rembrandt-Seeley and other expert dog trainers share tips on dog training and answer questions.
-- Daily Agility Demonstrations (all days, 10a & 1:30p) Agility expert Lois Tolley of Ivoryton, CT demonstrates the art and science of agility with Mia, a Flat-Coated Retriever, and Phoenix, a Finnish Lapphund, and answering questions about one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. (Note: Agility trials are not available at this year's show, but you can find out more about how to get involved in the sport.)
-- Flyball Demonstrations by Kathy Buckley, Canine Mastery JumpMasters (Saturday 2:30p only). Learn about the fun and fast-paced sport of flyball racing, from the training and the equipment, and watch an exciting flyball demonstration. Saturday only.
A nonprofit organization promoting responsible dog breeding and ownership, Providence's Bay Colony Dog Show is managed by three AKC purebred dog organizations: Middlesex County Kennel Club, Ladies Dog Club, and Eastern Dog Club. Proceeds from the show are donated to local dog-related charities. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; tickets are $12 adults/seniors and $7 for children under 12.
Visit www.baycolonydogshow.com for ring schedules and a discount on admission. NOTE: you can't bring your dog to the dog show, but you can bring him home a treat!