Niles Dog Show 2011

Niles Dog Show 2011

Schatzie, Best in Show Champion & winner of 'Prettiest Female' over 45 lbs.

Last Saturday, July 16th, was the always fun, never disappointing Niles Dog Show, held each year at the Niles Community Park at 3rd and H Streets.

The dog show’s motto, “No pedigree? No problem!” draws dogs of all sizes, shapes and colors, all vying for fun titles and colorful ribbons to hang on their collars. In addition to the classes, there were also agility, scent and police K9 demonstrations, a slew of terrific vendor booths to visit, an adoption parade and prize drawings. Last but not least, was an ‘Owney, the Railway Post Office Dog‘ look-alike contest, the winner of which received a special prize awarded by the Golden Gate Railroad Museum.

I hauled along ‘Big Mama,’ my 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens for the event and snapped over 1,500 images before running out of memory cards to fill — missing out, sadly, on the final two classes (Prettiest Female under & over 45 lbs.) and the ‘Best in Show’. Aaargh. Next year, I’ll be sure to bring more cards!

After weeding through all the images, some 560 images made the cut and are now uploaded to my new website, NikRaye Photography. The images are web-optimized, low resolution files (1200 pixels on the longest side @72 dpi) and are free to link to or download. For full-resolution, retouched, print-optimized digital image files, one can contact me via this blog or through the NikRaye Photography website to purchase digital downloads and/or professional prints (at very affordable prices!).

Below, are the winners of each of the classes and Best in Show (with apologies to Emmie, winner of the Prettiest Female under 45 lbs – whose class win was announced after I ran out of memory cards). The full set of images can be viewed by clicking the following links:

SLIDESHOW | GALLERY

Best Costume

Winners of the 'Best Costume' class (shared between Fiona and Bunny). Click to view gallery.

Best Veteran

Daisy, age 17, winner of 'Best Veteran' class (oldest dog). Click to view gallery.

Nala - Best Junior Handler

Nala and her crew, winners of the 'Junior Handler' class. Click to view gallery.

Adoption Parade

One of the many cuties in the Adoption Parade. Click to view gallery.

Gilroy - Best Performer

Gilroy, the frisbee dog, winner of the 'Best Performer' class. Click to view gallery.

K9 Dax, partner of Officer Lambert of the Fremont PD. Click to view gallery.

K9 Harcos

K9 Harcos, partner of Officer Baca of the Fremont PD. Click to view gallery.

Pepper - Most Unusual Mix 0-45lb

Pepper - winner of 'Most Unusual Mix' under 45 lbs. Click to view gallery.

Emmie - Prettiest Female Under 45 lb

Emmie - Prettiest Female Under 45 lb. Photo by Marcy Perry.

Bella - Most Unusual Mix over 45 lbs

Bella, winner of 'Most Unusual Mix' over 45 lbs. click to view gallery.

Owney, RPO Dog Look-a-like

Winner of the 'Owney, the Railroad Post Office Dog' look-alike contest. Click to view gallery.

Mochi - Handsomest Small Male

Mochi, winner of the 'Most Handsome Male' under 45 lb class. Click to view gallery.

Dirtball - Most Handsome Large Dog

Dirtball, winner of Most Handsome Male over 45 lb. and Best in Show Reserve Champion.

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