Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

April 10, 2014

Doggie Palooza promises fun and furry friends


Mineral Wells Index

— By TODD GLASSCOCK



Expect a dog-day afternoon at the end of April at South Side Church of Christ in Mineral Wells.

Or at least a dog-show afternoon at the annual Doggie Palooza dog show from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26. The dog show benefits Change, a program that assists people with job searches and other life challenges to improve their lives.

The fundraising event is sponsored by the Change program, said Trina Plyler, outreach ministries assistant at the church.

The program helps people help themselves, whether with job searches, substance abuse or even self-esteem, she said. It provides assistance with required documents, applications for college, acquiring birth certificates, Social Security cards, GEDs and ID cards.

Change's goal is get people in need to become self-sufficient and out of the system, she said, no matter their situation, whether they've just been released from jail or are living in a shelter or just generally in need of direction.

“We're giving a hand up, not a hand out,” she said. Those who benefit from the program also have to give back, even if it is helping at Doggie Palooza.

The cost to show one dog is $12, but just $20 for two dogs, she said. To register, call 940-325-1334 or  940-859-4509.

The Palooza is free for spectators and there will be free hotdogs and drinks. Also part of the show will will be a hotdog-eating contest and a silent auction. Other activities will include contests and prize give-aways.

Vendor space is free, but organizers ask that vendors contribute a basket, service or something for the silent auction.

Competition categories include:

• Ugliest dog.

• Tiniest dog.

• Shortest dog.

• Best smile.

• Look alike.

• Hairiest dog.

• Most wrinkled.

• Best dressed.

• Smartest dog.

• Largest dog.

• Best name.

“This is a fun thing to do with your family,” Plyler said.

The church is located at 1401 S.E. 25th Ave., in Mineral Wells.