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Dog show benefits Volunteers in Northampton Schools

  • Gittel, a papillon owned by Melissa Mehlman and Shannon Fitzgerald of Northampton, dances during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog-Not Your Typical Dog Show Saturday at Northampton High School. The event was a benefit for Volunteers in Northampton Schools.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Gittel, a papillon owned by Melissa Mehlman and Shannon Fitzgerald of Northampton, dances during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog-Not Your Typical Dog Show Saturday at Northampton High School. The event was a benefit for Volunteers in Northampton Schools.
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  • Maya Mahar, 7, of Florence, tosses a tennis ball for Ariel, her Labrador retriever in the "best fetcher" contest during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog-Not Your Typical Dog Show Saturday at Northampton High School. The event was a benefit for Volunteers in Northampton Schools.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Maya Mahar, 7, of Florence, tosses a tennis ball for Ariel, her Labrador retriever in the "best fetcher" contest during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog-Not Your Typical Dog Show Saturday at Northampton High School. The event was a benefit for Volunteers in Northampton Schools.
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  • Gilmore, a Jack Russell terrier-Labrador retriever mixed breed, sings in the "best singing voice" contest during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School. Gilmore is owned by Shelly Rifken of Florence.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Gilmore, a Jack Russell terrier-Labrador retriever mixed breed, sings in the "best singing voice" contest during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School. Gilmore is owned by Shelly Rifken of Florence.
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  • Sammy, a terrier mixed breed, stands and turns for Eve Sirulnik, 11, of Northampton in the "clever K-9 tricks" contest during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School. The event was a benefit for Volunteers in Northampton Schools.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Sammy, a terrier mixed breed, stands and turns for Eve Sirulnik, 11, of Northampton in the "clever K-9 tricks" contest during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School. The event was a benefit for Volunteers in Northampton Schools.
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  • Cooper, a golden retriever owned by Riley Shea, 8, of Northampton, second from right, pops soap bubbles blown by Maddie Park, 8, in the "clever K-9 tricks" contest during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Cooper, a golden retriever owned by Riley Shea, 8, of Northampton, second from right, pops soap bubbles blown by Maddie Park, 8, in the "clever K-9 tricks" contest during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School.
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  • Dog show judge Bryan Lombardi, center, gets a kiss from Ryan, a border collie-English setter mixed breed, in the "mystery mutt" contest during the eighth  annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School. Looking on are Jane Fleishman, a judge, and James Harrington of West Springfield, the dog's owner.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Dog show judge Bryan Lombardi, center, gets a kiss from Ryan, a border collie-English setter mixed breed, in the "mystery mutt" contest during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School. Looking on are Jane Fleishman, a judge, and James Harrington of West Springfield, the dog's owner.
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  • Two dachshunds, Howard, left, and Lily, meet while waiting to compete in the "best dressed" contest during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School. Howard's owner is Kelly Bassett of Montgomery. Lily's owner is Kristina Lent of Easthampton.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Two dachshunds, Howard, left, and Lily, meet while waiting to compete in the "best dressed" contest during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School. Howard's owner is Kelly Bassett of Montgomery. Lily's owner is Kristina Lent of Easthampton.
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  • Kelly Bassett, of Montgomery, holds Howard, a dachshund, while waiting to compete in the "best dressed" contest during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School. She said he likes coats and "loves to dress up".<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Kelly Bassett, of Montgomery, holds Howard, a dachshund, while waiting to compete in the "best dressed" contest during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School. She said he likes coats and "loves to dress up".
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  • Zia, a miniature poodle, dances for her owner, Betse Curtis of Northampton, during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School. Jane Fleishman, one of the judges, right, approaches to judge her in the "best dressed" contest.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Zia, a miniature poodle, dances for her owner, Betse Curtis of Northampton, during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School. Jane Fleishman, one of the judges, right, approaches to judge her in the "best dressed" contest.
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  • Percy, a border collie, chases his tail during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog-Not Your Typical Dog Show Saturday at Northampton High School. He is a service dog for his visually impaired owner, Cathy Beck of Northampton.The event was a benefit for Volunteers in Northampton Schools.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Percy, a border collie, chases his tail during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog-Not Your Typical Dog Show Saturday at Northampton High School. He is a service dog for his visually impaired owner, Cathy Beck of Northampton.The event was a benefit for Volunteers in Northampton Schools.
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  • Sugar, a shih tzu owned by Jett Duval of Florence, yawns while waiting to compete in the "best dressed" category during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School. The event was a benefit for Volunteers in Northampton Schools.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Sugar, a shih tzu owned by Jett Duval of Florence, yawns while waiting to compete in the "best dressed" category during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School. The event was a benefit for Volunteers in Northampton Schools.
    JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

  • Pat LaValley, of Easthampton, runs with Fausto, a Labradoodle, in the "most agile" competition during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Pat LaValley, of Easthampton, runs with Fausto, a Labradoodle, in the "most agile" competition during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School.
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  • Caitlyn Reid of Amherst, left, chats while holding Haylee, a Samoyed, as Ezra Chang, 15 months, of Northampton grabs a hug during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Caitlyn Reid of Amherst, left, chats while holding Haylee, a Samoyed, as Ezra Chang, 15 months, of Northampton grabs a hug during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School.
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  • Sonhja Grinuk, of Chicopee, and her Boston terrier, Roxy, compete in the "pooch who can smooch" category during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Sonhja Grinuk, of Chicopee, and her Boston terrier, Roxy, compete in the "pooch who can smooch" category during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School.
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  • Jaxson Denno, 15 months, of Northampton, gets a kiss from Dozer, an English bulldog, in the "pooch who can smooch" category during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Jaxson Denno, 15 months, of Northampton, gets a kiss from Dozer, an English bulldog, in the "pooch who can smooch" category during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School.
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  • Lily Lieberman-Bachman, of Huntington, and Osita, a bouvier des Flanders, compete in the "pooch who can smooch" competition during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Lily Lieberman-Bachman, of Huntington, and Osita, a bouvier des Flanders, compete in the "pooch who can smooch" competition during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School.
    JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

  • Lucy, a Labrador retriever, fetches a tennis ball for his owner, Lynn Cooper of Westhampton, in the "best fetcher" competition during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Lucy, a Labrador retriever, fetches a tennis ball for his owner, Lynn Cooper of Westhampton, in the "best fetcher" competition during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School.
    JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

  • Gittel, a papillon owned by Melissa Mehlman and Shannon Fitzgerald of Northampton, dances during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog-Not Your Typical Dog Show Saturday at Northampton High School. The event was a benefit for Volunteers in Northampton Schools.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Maya Mahar, 7, of Florence, tosses a tennis ball for Ariel, her Labrador retriever in the "best fetcher" contest during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog-Not Your Typical Dog Show Saturday at Northampton High School. The event was a benefit for Volunteers in Northampton Schools.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Gilmore, a Jack Russell terrier-Labrador retriever mixed breed, sings in the "best singing voice" contest during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School. Gilmore is owned by Shelly Rifken of Florence.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sammy, a terrier mixed breed, stands and turns for Eve Sirulnik, 11, of Northampton in the "clever K-9 tricks" contest during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School. The event was a benefit for Volunteers in Northampton Schools.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Cooper, a golden retriever owned by Riley Shea, 8, of Northampton, second from right, pops soap bubbles blown by Maddie Park, 8, in the "clever K-9 tricks" contest during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Dog show judge Bryan Lombardi, center, gets a kiss from Ryan, a border collie-English setter mixed breed, in the "mystery mutt" contest during the eighth  annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School. Looking on are Jane Fleishman, a judge, and James Harrington of West Springfield, the dog's owner.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Two dachshunds, Howard, left, and Lily, meet while waiting to compete in the "best dressed" contest during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School. Howard's owner is Kelly Bassett of Montgomery. Lily's owner is Kristina Lent of Easthampton.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Kelly Bassett, of Montgomery, holds Howard, a dachshund, while waiting to compete in the "best dressed" contest during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School. She said he likes coats and "loves to dress up".<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Zia, a miniature poodle, dances for her owner, Betse Curtis of Northampton, during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School. Jane Fleishman, one of the judges, right, approaches to judge her in the "best dressed" contest.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
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  • Percy, a border collie, chases his tail during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog-Not Your Typical Dog Show Saturday at Northampton High School. He is a service dog for his visually impaired owner, Cathy Beck of Northampton.The event was a benefit for Volunteers in Northampton Schools.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sugar, a shih tzu owned by Jett Duval of Florence, yawns while waiting to compete in the "best dressed" category during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School. The event was a benefit for Volunteers in Northampton Schools.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Pat LaValley, of Easthampton, runs with Fausto, a Labradoodle, in the "most agile" competition during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Caitlyn Reid of Amherst, left, chats while holding Haylee, a Samoyed, as Ezra Chang, 15 months, of Northampton grabs a hug during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Sonhja Grinuk, of Chicopee, and her Boston terrier, Roxy, compete in the "pooch who can smooch" category during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Jaxson Denno, 15 months, of Northampton, gets a kiss from Dozer, an English bulldog, in the "pooch who can smooch" category during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Lily Lieberman-Bachman, of Huntington, and Osita, a bouvier des Flanders, compete in the "pooch who can smooch" competition during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Lucy, a Labrador retriever, fetches a tennis ball for his owner, Lynn Cooper of Westhampton, in the "best fetcher" competition during the eighth annual March Forth with your Dog Saturday at Northampton High School.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

NORTHAMPTON — Approximately 100 dogs, many of them prize winning, turned out Saturday for the eighth annual dog show organized by Volunteers in Northampton Schools Inc.

The event, called “March Forth with Your Dog — Not Your Typical Dog Show,” was held at Northampton High School and raised an estimated $5,000 for the non-profit group, which recruits, trains and places volunteers in Northampton schools at the request of teachers.

“It was a great showing for us,” said Lynn Barclay, VINS coordinator. “For the most part, they (the dogs) all seemed to enjoy being there.”

There were 16 categories in all, from most agile and best fetcher to mystery mutt and best dancer. Among some of the most popular categories were best dressed and most photogenic and first-place winners competed for the final category of the day — “Best in Show.”

“It’s a great way for families in Northampton to come together and have fun,” Barclay said of the event.

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