Sirius Dog School Pet Show Attracts A Crowd

The Fredonia Farm Festival featured the Sirius Dog School Pet Show Saturday. Submitted photo

Furry, fluffy and feathered friends were celebrated Saturday at the Sirius Dog School Pet Show at the Fredonia Farm Festival.

For 41 years the local business has held the pet show and seen a variety of pets paraded around its ring. Saturday definitely went to the dogs with around 10 “good tail-waggers” in attendance. However, other pets — two chickens, a furless rat, a guinea pig and three stuffed animals — also made for a good show.

Every child received ribbons for their pets’ achievements in being “Biggest of the Big Dogs,” or having the “Best Wrinkles” or “Best Hair Day.”

Twelve-year-old Cassidy always comes to the Farm Festival with her grandmother, Cheryl, and the Pet Show has become a tradition for them.

“This is her ninth time in the pet show. For the past eight years she has brought Pixie, but the first year she brought a stuffed talking pig,” Cheryl said of her granddaughter.

Cassidy wanted to bring her many pets from home in Brocton, but only Pixie and her furless rat, carried in a carrying case, made it Saturday. Pixie was awarded the “Best Glam Girl” ribbon for her pink outfit and proceeded to show off her tricks like roll over and high five.

“The only thing I love more than a dog is a trained dog,” Sirius Dog School Owner and Pet Show Emcee LeeAnne Cogdill joked.

Cogdill said she was impressed with Pixie’s tricks in front of the crowd and awarded Cassidy a $5 gift card to Just Pets in Irving.

“This was a great group of pets today. We have had so many unique and wonderful pets show up throughout our 41 years doing this, including a goldfish in a decorated wagon, but this year I would say ‘Duck,’ the chicken wearing a pink harness was the most unique. You don’t see that every day,” she added.

Cogdill will be available today for demonstrations, answering questions, and is offering a brief, free clicker training lesson to anyone who wishes to bring a dog by the show ring. Sirius staff are also happy to provide information and informal testing for anyone interested in earning the AKC STAR Puppy and Canine Good Citizen awards.

The Fredonia Farm Festival continues today with the farmers’ market, vendors and a church service at the Gazebo at 9 a.m. The antique car show will begin at noon and the 50th Annual Grand Parade will head down Temple Street at 1 p.m. At 3 p.m. there will be a Family Sing Along with Kay Barlow at the Lil’ Farmers Exhibit and The Skiffle Minstrels will perform on the Main Stage.