Pets go on parade

Showtime at Peoples Bank Theatre stage

At this weekend’s first Super Stupendous Pet Tricks and Perfectly Precious Pet Parade at the Peoples Bank Theatre, there’s a place for a dog that can play basketball and one that can run through an agility course seamlessly.

But there’s also a place for the family pet who still hasn’t quite mastered how to sit or shake.

The event, which is a fundraiser for the Ely Chapman Education Foundation, will feature a competition with dogs who can perform tricks and also a pet parade for anyone who wants to participate. In addition, there will be pets brought by the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley who are up for adoption, a demonstration by a local K-9 and a pet photographer.

“Todd Burge will also be there, performing songs,” said Alice Chapman, chair and founder of Ely Chapman. “All the songs will be animal related.”

The parade isn’t the only time pets and their owners might be involved in the show, she said.

“We’re strong believers in audience participation,” Chapman said. “I know some children will be called up to play basketball with a dog and some will be brought up to read to a dog that likes to listen to children read.”

Pet owners are encouraged to come dressed up in similiar attire to their pet, whether that’s in a sweater or full costume.

One dog that will be performing has a prosthetic leg and sometimes is dressed up as a pirate, Chapman said.

Debbie Smith said her Border Collie, Shamrock, will be wearing green in celebration of her birthday, which is St. Patrick’s Day.

“We’l be doing some tricks to show people how much fun it can be to have a dog and to play with them and train them,” Smith said.

Shamrock, who is a certified therapy dog, has tricks that include playing the piano, playing basketball and more.

“I’ve recently taught her how to open the mailbox and get the mail out,” Smith said.

During the contest, Smith will be joined by her daughter, JoAnna Sidote and her Border Collie, Holly, for some tricks that showcase teamwork.

Both women use training techniques with postive rewards, said Smith.

“That’s really important to me,” she said.

The show starts at 3 p.m. Sunday with tickets ranging from $14 to $22.

Proceeds will benefit the education foundation.

“This will help to provide scholarships for students,” Chapman said. “Last fiscal year we gave out $67,000 in scholarships and we have more requests every day. I have a lot of parents who can afford the after school progamming but can’t afford the summer camp, which they need.”

Cerificates will be given out for those who participate in the parade and cash prizes will be awarded for best pet tricks. The participants in that portion of the show were selected following audtions held at Ely Chapman last month.

Those who want to participate in the parade can still register by calling Gary Williams at 740-376-9533 or visiting

“This will be a really great family show,” said Chapman, who added that it may become an annual event. “We’re hoping people can take a break from the rain and come to the theater and have a great day.”

If you go

≤ What: Super Stupendous Pet Tricks and Perfectly Precious Pet Parade.

≤ When: 3 p.m. Sunday.

≤ Where: Peoples Bank Theatre.

≤ Who: Anyone can take part in the pet parade; those pets performing tricks have been selected.

≤ Cost: Tickets are $14-22.

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