By Ann Schimke, Reporter-Herald
, , ,January 20, 2012 - More than 60 dogs, many from Colorado, will perform in the "SuperDogs" show at the Budweiser Events Center [in Loveland, Colorado] on Jan. 22.
Among the fan favorites will be Leap, an Ibizan hound who's the highest-jumping dog in the world, and Power, a Belgian Malinois known for her Frisbee freestyle skills.
Then there's Puff Daddy, an old English sheepdog, who's a bit of a clown. "He's famous for doing things wrong on purpose," said Amy White, director of operations and general manager for SuperDogs.
Along with the high-flying acrobatics and athletic feats, the bloopers and silly antics are part of the show's appeal, she said. The dogs don't wear costumes, but they will don their fanciest collars or colorful bandannas for the occasion.
Spectators can meet the canine performers and talk to their trainers at the "Pat 'n' Chat," a popular 20-minute segment after the show.
For White, who owns Leap and two other show dogs, it's a rewarding experience. Not only does she enjoy hearing audience members talk about how much they enjoyed the show, she likes fielding questions from people considering adopting a dog. It can help someone find a new companion, she said.
SuperDogs, which was founded 37 years ago in Toronto, recruits dogs and trainers through auditions and casting calls around North America. White said many local dogs will perform in the Loveland show because there's a lot of talent in the Denver area. "It's a strong sports dog community," she said, noting that many of the canine performers have a background in fly ball, agility or disc competitions.
In addition, more than 40 percent of the dogs in the show have been adopted from shelters or rescue organizations, she said. "We try to showcase as many breeds and mixed breeds as possible."