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Lending a paw
Mutt Show on Oct. 24 benefits Humane Society

COVINGTON - They say that every dog has its day, and that will prove true Oct. 24, when the Newton County Humane Society hosts the annual Mutt Show in the Square Park in downtown Covington.

Registration for the popular competition for dogs will begin at 9:30 a.m., with judging to start at 10 a.m.

Categories this year include Most Beautiful Female, Most Handsome Male, Pet Owner Look-alike, Best Trick, Best Dressed and Waggiest Tail.

All contestants will receive treats and first-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded in each category. Special recognition will be given to dogs who are pound alumni, said Betty Bellairs, president of the Newton County Humane Society.

There is no entry fee but donations are accepted to benefit the Humane Society.

Dogs must be at least 6 months old to participate and owners must provide proof of rabies vaccination. All dogs must be on a leash.

In the past, the number of participants has ranged from 25 to 70.

"If you're not interested in participating, just come and be a spectator. It's fun anyway," Bellairs said. "We do have a lot of people who come and don't have animals. They come just to watch. I think it will be a fun day."