Thanks to Agility on the Green, the Peninsula is Going to the Dogs
July 12, 2012
From zig-zagging agility courses to carefully crafted caricatures, man’s best friend receives some time in the spotlight in more ways than one, with a canine competition featuring exciting obstacle courses, a special ringside dinner and an art exhibit dedicated to all things canine.
Whether it’s jumping over fences and other various objects without being scolded, or representing them in a sentimental piece of art, Monterey has gone to the dogs and no one is complaining.
Agility on the Green creates an all-encompassing dog friendly environment, packing three days full of canine athletic exhibitions and contests including team events, masters classes and titling classes.
But this event isn’t just for man's best friend—English Ales Brewery offers eight of their speciality beers and a dinner on Saturday with dishes like chicken gumbo, fish & chips and a veggie plate with mushrooms, sauteed vegetables and rice for the hungry humans in attendance.
And, besides the delicious man-food, watching enthusiastic border collies and labs run through tricky courses makes for great entertainment whether you move around on two legs, or four.
The Dog Show at Carl Cherry Center for the Arts takes a different spin on dog appreciation, because dogs are multifaceted creatures who also enjoy being adorable when they aren’t running amok over obstacle courses. The show features The Constantly Risking Absurdity Dog Contest, which includes coveted titles like Best Trick, Pet Owner Look-a-like, Best Kiss, Most Obstinate and many more.
It also includes the Dog Show Art Exhibit, Doggie Photo Shoot, hot dogs and refreshments, and special awards including a $250 grand prize for the winner of the juried art competition. Artwork shown is as diverse and dynamic as the dogs and their loving owners, with a wide range of mediums and forms all conveying the humor, sentiment, and wisdom that accompany owning a dog. Dog lovers are encouraged to bring their four-legged companions along because, after all, they are the stars of the show.