By SAMANTHA MCDONNELL
OBSERVER Staff Writer
Barker Common was taken over by pets Saturday morning. The annual Children's Pet Show sponsored by Sirius Dog School saw all types of animals from stuffed to real pets.
OBSERVER Photo by Samantha McDonnell
Joey Cerrie, age 9, shows his dog, Sanderson with Fran Sliwinski at the Farm Festival Pet Show Saturday.
Pets of all species were invited to show off their talents in the pet show held in front of Village Hall. This year, over 40 participants competed with animals ranging from dogs to goats and a cat to ferrets, all animals with their owners competed. The competition was even open to stuffed animals.
"We'll take any (pet)," LeeAnne Cogdill of Sirius Dog School said. "I try to make it as fun as I can for the kids."
This year's show was the 35th annual show. Each year the show grows a bit more in size. Cogdill explained how the show started.
"I had just started my dog school and (the Farm Festival) called and asked for a dog show," she said.
All deserving participants in the show received a ribbon. All ribbons were given out specifically for those in that category including best groomed in the dog category, best bunny in the stuffed animal category or best ferret in the ferret category, among others.
One dog, Sanderson, who won best groomed in the dog category, is getting ready to compete in at the New York State Fair this week for obedience. Sanderson entered the competition with his owner Joey Cerrie, age 9.
Following the initial competition, typically pets are encouraged to stay and show off their tricks in a spelling bee type competition. Since there were no entries for this competition, those affiliated with the dog school brought their own dogs and demonstrated tricks. Dogs were shown jumping through hula hoops as well as demonstrating their good obedience.
The pet show will be back next year for the Farm Festival on Saturday and the time will be moved later, according to Cogdill. The show will start at 11 a.m.
The Sirius Dog School is located at 5811 East Main Street (Route 20), Brocton. For more information, contact the school at 792-9929 or find them on Facebook at Sirius Dog School.
The Farm Festival will continue today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a parade at 1 p.m.
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