Sit! Stay! It's the Last Weekend to Catch the Incredible Dog Show in Miami
Actual real live dog shows are as hilarious as Christopher Guest's Best in Show would have you believe. But the regional ones that happen year-round have nothing on the Westminster Kennel Club show at the Garden. That's still some months off, but if you're in Miami you can catch something much more action-packed and silly: DOGS: The Show.
This isn't your boring trot-out-the-breeds and judge them in some mysterious process no one can really explain either. Nope, it's under the big top and features dogs jumping, dancing and catching frisbees. Yes, it's a dog circus!
Before you get your animal-rights shackles up, though, you should know that in each city the show visits, it partners with a local organization, in this case the Humane Society of Greater Miami, to promote adopting from a shelter. (Fun fact: shelter dogs are often the easiest to train to do tricks like the ones you'll see in the show. Many have lots of pent-up energy and an overwhelming desire to please.)
The two-hour show features 45 dogs, including some celluloid stars like Jack Russell Uggie, who has appeared in Water for Elephants. Obviously, there's a skateboarding bulldog--Julio--and the flying furball pictured above is Jasmine, a rescue dog who was found on the freeway before her life under the bigtop.
DOGS takes place in Bicentennial Park and tickets start at $19. The Miami run finishes on October 23, but there are shows tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m., three shows on Saturday and two more on Sunday.
Just prepare yourself for the sight of a Golden Retriever standing on her back legs and wearing a dress that was quite possibly swiped from a nearby Oktoberfest.