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Hundreds Attend BCC's Not Your Average Dog Show
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:40PM / Sunday, February 10, 2013
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This 4-month-old shih tzu wasn't in the competition but to was at Not Your Average Dog Show on Sunday to make new friends.

Aidan Teichert and dog Skipper look so much alike that they won first prize in that category.

Eleanor Sonsini Shelter had a table at the dog show and brought this 12-week-old, who is up for adoption.

Coco won the fastest tail wagging contest but we don't know if the boots gave him an unfair advantage.

While the competition may have been fierce, those competing had the utmost respect for each other.

Geezer took home second place in the Looks Like Owner category. More photos can be found here.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hundreds of people packed Berkshire Community Community College for a tail-wagging good time Sunday.

The 12th annual Not Your Average Dog Show saw hundreds of dogs and nearly 400 community members coming and going from the college's Paterson Field House.

The event is a fundraiser for the BCC Foundation's annual fund, which supports purchasing technology, paying for out-of-classroom learning experiences and student financial assistance.

"We try to give our students every opportunity to compete for jobs or transfers to other schools," said BCC Foundation President Jeff Doscher of the some $4,000 raised each year with the event. "It makes a stronger community when you invest in a state-college student."

The dog show is one of three annual fundraising events the foundation puts on in its efforts and it isn't the biggest. But it brings a "niche" of the community to interact with the campus, Doscher said, which can be even more important than the dollars.

"Community is our middle name and we're trying to do things for many niches of the community," Doscher said. "We have a lot of people coming out socially and bringing their dogs. It's amazing how much they care about their pets."

The event drew residents and their pets from all over the county and was emceed by state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli. Categories included best trick, fastest tail wagger and "mystery mutt," in which judges had to guess the breed. There was even an agility competition for young children.

"I think it has grown this year," Doscher said, adding that the show typically attracts about 350 people but this year saw around 400.

Competitors pay a fee but the event is free to attend so many people showed up with their pets just to let them interact with the other dogs. The college also had sponsors for each event, sold concessions, rented tables and sold advertisements in the program to generate money.

Doscher said only 37 percent of the school's budget comes from the state so these fundraisers mean a lot toward forwarding the students' education.

And the winners are...

Earrestible Ears Best Hair Most Beautiful Eyes

First: Penny, owned by Noelle Furi

Second: Maisie, owned by Anna Grace Nimmo

Third: Onyx, owned by Cindy Brouker

First: Sherman T, owned by Buffy Lord

Second: Dakota, owned by Brenda Taikowski

Third: Onyx, owned by Cindy Brouker

First: Oliver, owned by Lindsey Crampton

Second: Dakota, owned by Sabrina Salvatore

Third: Coco, owned by Carolyn Vandervort

Best Smile Fastest Tail Wagger

Best Trick

First: Lola, owned by Elena Kelsey

Second: Pumpkin, owned by Patricia Wallace

Third: Barley, owned by Christine Hoyt

First: Coco, owned by Riley Anderson

Second: Juniper, owned by Jeanne Bogino

Third: Lexie, owned by Patricia White

First: Tom-Boy, owned by Liz Marino

Second: Gracie, owned by Kristen Kinsella

Third: Tario, owned by Audrey Sussman

Best Dressed Looks Like Owner

Mystery Mutt

First: Troy, owned by Joan Tierney

Second: Penny, owned by Joan Tierney.

Third: Roscoe, owned by Colleen LaRochelle


First: Skipper owned by Aidan Teichert.

Second: Geezer owned by Corey Ives.

Third: Snuggles, owned by Morgan Therrian

First: Frankie, owned by Mara Wooley

Second: Geezer, owned by Corey Ives

Third: Baxter, owned by Amy Benoit



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