By Aloma Jardine, Times & Transcript
Performing pooches come to Coliseum October 29
October 21, 2011 – There's Leap, who jumps so high he seems to fly, and Puff Daddy, who will impress with his agility. Puff Daddy is one of The President's Choice® SuperDogs® . Then there's Pot Roast and Mighty Mouse who - well, you just have to see them.
The President's Choice© SuperDogs® are rolling into town again, with their blend of humour, amazing feats and all around fun.
"We try to show a variety of dogs out there doing wonderful things," says Leonard Chase, the show's co-owner and producer.
"We are family entertainment. We are probably the only show in North America where someone at two and someone at 90 can come and enjoy it together. Everyone can relate to the dogs performing."
The SuperDogs® take over the Moncton Coliseum Oct. 29, with a show at 2 p.m. The famous pooches last visited Moncton four years ago.
About 30 dogs will be taking part in the Moncton show, including three or four local recruits.
The show started 35 years ago, and Chase says the dogs now entertain close to a million people a year at stops all across the country.
Chase says the show differs from an agility event where you would see only certain breeds of pure bred dogs.
"We have bull dogs, retrievers, chihuahuas, mixed breeds, poodles, old English sheepdogs," he says. "It has to be an assortment of dogs, the dogs you have at home."
Plus while agility events are all serious business, the SuperDogs® are all about entertaining, so the occasional flub is as welcome as the perfectly executed moves and the SuperDogs® carry it all out to lights and music.
Chase says about 40 per cent of the SuperDogs® have been adopted from shelters.
"Normally they are (at the shelter) because they are high energy, but those are the ones that make great SuperDogs® ," he says. "They want to go out and do stuff... It's how you challenge their energy. You have to make them secure and give them confidence and you have to love them, be kind, gentle and fair with them."
Chase says it takes about three years to train a SuperDog.® .
Chase says one of the main goals of the show is to demonstrate how much fun it can be to own a dog.
After every show the audience is invited down to meet the dogs and their handlers.
"To kids in the audience, these are super dogs - they are heroes," Chase says. "I always say everyone has been touched by a dog. There are only three types of people in our audience: they have a dog and think, 'My dog could do that,' they had a dog and this reminds them of Barney or Buck, or they want a dog and think, 'That is the type of dog I want.'
"And if you are not one of those people, then your uncle had a dog or a neighbour had a dog. When you think about it, it's usually the first time you talked to another species. The romance has been taken out of it because they are such normal things in our homes."
Because their goal is to be family entertainment, Chase says they try hard to keep prices low.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children and most merchandise is priced at between $5 and $20.
Tickets are available at the Moncton Coliseum box office, by calling the box office at 857-4100, or online at www.tickets.moncton.ca.