Special Events

Harbor Town Dog Show

When: Sun., Nov. 15, 1 p.m. 2009

Pam Mackey says it was the best Elvis wig she’d ever seen. That the wig — and sunglasses and cape — were on a dog … well, all the better.

That be-wigged dog was a participant in the annual Harbor Town Dog Show, which returns to Mud Island’s Nursery Park this Sunday. The dog show is for the canine residents of the island, but it draws people from all over the city. “It’s a light-hearted thing,” says Mackey, who is the event chairperson.

The show, which benefits the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County, includes competitions in obstacle course, “sexiest walk,” pet/owner look-alikes, best costume, and silliest pet trick. According to Mackey, the costume contest is a big draw. Last year, two residents teamed up for a Gilligan’s Island theme and built their own boat. Another favorite is the silliest pet trick. Mackey says one Harbor Town resident teaches his dog a new trick each year. Last year, that dog was taught to fetch a tissue every time the owner sneezed.

While there will be food vendors onsite, those who donate $25 will gain admission to the “Green Room,” a VIP tent with ringside seating, gourmet food and wine for the bipeds, and gourmet biscuits and water for the dogs.

“The event starts at 1 p.m.,” Mackey says, “and the laughing doesn’t stop until 4.” — Susan Ellis

Susan Ellis

Price: Free

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