COVINGTON — For a doggone good time, head to the Square on Saturday.
The annual Mutt Show sponsored by the Newton County Humane Society is taking place that day, with registration to begin at 9 a.m. and judging at 10 a.m.
The tongue-in-cheek competition includes the following categories: Most Beautiful, Most Handsome, Best Trick, Best Dressed, Owner/Dog Look-A-Like, Best Kisser and Most Obedient. Ribbons will be given for first-, second- and third-place winners in each category. Proof of rabies inoculation is required and dogs must be at least 6 months old to enter.
"Whether it's a purebred or a mutt, all are welcome," said Human Society Chair Betty Bellairs. However, no vicious dogs should be entered, she said.
Dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier and be under the control of their owners at all times. There is no entry fee, but donations to the Humane Society are requested.
Following the Mutt Show, at 11:30 a.m. on the Square, the Humane Society and Covington First United Methodist Church will hold a "Blessing of the Animals" service. Everyone is invited to bring pets of all kinds — dogs, cats, fish, turtles, hamsters, rabbits and more — to the event, which will be officiated by Douglas Gilreath, senior pastor at Covington First United Methodist.
Gilreath will read Scripture and a poem and say a prayer. "As people come by he will put his hand on the animal or carrier," and bless each animal, Bellairs said.
"Come whether you have a dog entered (in the Mutt Show) or not. It's fun. You get to visit and see everybody's pets. I think the blessing of the animals is going to be a real treat for everybody," she said.