Bow, wow: Scenes from the 15th annual VINS Dog Show in Northampton

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  • Kristie Harris of Southampton leads her 6-year-old pit mix, Weeble, through her first-place showing in the “Most Agile” event at the 15th annual VINS Dog Show at Northampton High School on Saturday, March 7, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Cynthia Tobin of Florence gets a kiss from her 6-year-old Pomeranian, Oliver, that earned them first place in the “Pooch Who Can Smooch” event of the 15th annual VINS Dog Show at Northampton High School on Saturday, March 7, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Spectators, from left, Amita Passalacqua of Florence, River Smith Debiec of Amherst, Rose Carragher (top) of Hadley and Neko Thayer, Jayna Alper and Julian Alper, all of Northampton, watch the “Best Fetcher” event of the 15th annual VINS Dog Show at Northampton High School on Saturday, March 7, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Brayden Wakefield, 7, of Belchertown waits for the attention of his miniature goldendoodle, Bailey, 9, competing in the “Pooch Who Can Smooch” event of the 15th annual VINS Dog Show at Northampton High School on Saturday, March 7, 2020. Wakefield’s patience paid off with a second-place finish in the kids division. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Emily Lash and her 18-month-old daughter, Ruth, of Northampton pause to pet Lety, a 13-year-old Jack Russell Terrier held by Cornelius Wenger of Florence, before the start of the 15th annual VINS Dog Show at Northampton High School on Saturday, March 7, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • A VINS Dog Show judge leans in for a view of Timothy Salvo of Northampton and his 5-year-old Australian Shepherd, Morgan, competing in the “Pooch Who Can Smooch” event of the 15th annual at Northampton High School on Saturday, March 7, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Sally Morgan, left, of Hatfield reaches down to pet Mojo, a 5-year-old Corgi held by Tess Mahar, center, of Northampton, as Mahar and her friend Mela Schaffer, wait to compete in the 15th annual VINS Dog Show at Northampton High School on Saturday, March 7, 2020. Morgan, who does holistic physical therapy for pets and people, was staffing a table as a vendor supporting the event. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Kristie Harris of Southampton leads her 6-year-old pit mix, Weeble, through her first-place showing in the “Most Agile” event at the 15th annual VINS Dog Show at Northampton High School on Saturday, March 7, 2020. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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Published: 3/8/2020 8:10:15 AM

NORTHAMPTON — Hundreds of people, and dozens of dogs, traipsed across the tarp-covered floor of the high school gymnasium Saturday afternoon for the 15th annual VINS Dog Show. The event, a fundraiser for Volunteers in Northampton Schools, is always held on the first Saturday of March and is subtitled “March Forth with Your Dog … Not Your Typical Dog Show,” as it debuted on Saturday, March 4th, 2006. After Mayor David Narkewicz led the March of the Dogs parade — including dogs who just dropped by to watch — the competition began in earnest with judging provided by Northampton High School Principal Lori Vaillancourt, Superintendent John Provost and Jackson Street School Principal Gwen Agna. The 14 categories included Best Singing Voice, Best Dancing Dog and Best Hair.

Kevin Gutting can be reached at kgutting@gazettenet.com.



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