Rescued Dog Pageant

When: Sun., May 4, 12:30 p.m. 2014

Dog shows elicit squeals from some and rolled eyes from others, but for the employees of the Missouri Lounge (2600 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley), the Westminster Kennel Club spawned a dog pageant of the bar’s own. The idea started out as a joke but gained momentum as a legitimate concept when the employees decided to highlight rescued dogs. On Sunday, about ten canines (all owned by the bar’s staff) will compete in the Rescued Dog Pageant, which will double as a benefit for Berkeley Humane. Hosted by Paul Pot, the emcee of the bar’s weekly open mic night, the event will include a “runway” show, a talent contest, and an awards ceremony, with longtime Missouri Lounge customers serving as judges. Expect to see dogs in costume and some unusual tricks — one dog’s talent is sitting on people’s faces. Attendees can also enter a raffle to win prizes from local businesses. For those who end up feeling inspired by all the cuteness, there will be rescue dogs up for adoption from Berkeley Humane.

Zaineb Mohammed

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