What Does Your Dog Really Think of You?

2994 1missioncircuit 150x132 What Does Your Dog Really Think of You?With the annual Mission Circuit Dog Show, presented by Purina Pro Plan, at Fairplex this Memorial Day weekend, there are thousands of dogs on the campus. The multifarious breeds and barking makes me think of P.D. Eastman’s Go, Dog, Go and its boisterous dog party. As a dog lover, it’s hard to sit here and not go out and frolic with our four-legged visitors. But if I did, what would they think of me? Would they think me odd? Would they recognize my playful side that many humans don’t? Would they see just how happy they make me?

According to a story in ScienceDaily, Emory University researchers are scanning dogs’ brains via MRIs to see how they react to their owners’ hand signals. Eventually they hope to be able to determine if dogs have empathy, or if they know when their owners are happy or sad, or just how much language dogs really understand.

Interesting stuff. I know my dog undertands commands, like, “Wednesday, go get your weds 106x150 What Does Your Dog Really Think of You?leash.” Or, “Wednesday, where’s your ball? Go find your ball.” But does she get it when I say, “Wednesday, I had the worst day ever!”? Or, “Wednesday, I’m brain-dead and I can’t think of anything to write for my blog. I need inspiration!”? I think she does.

If you don’t have a dog and are thinking of getting one, or just love to see canines in competition, come out to the Mission Circuit Dog Show this weekend. More than 160 breeds (8,000 dogs total) will be competing Friday – Monday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The So Cal Portuguese Water Dog Agility Trials will also be here. Bring the family. Admission is free.

We’re Going to the Dogs!

 Were Going to the Dogs!Actually, the dogs are coming to us. More than 8,000 dogs will be here at Fairplex by tomorrow for a howlin’ good time at the annual Mission Circuit Dog Show. The show is a Memorial Day weekend tradition with 160 breeds represented. Who will get crowned best of show? Well, come on over and find out.

The show is open to the public and admission is free. It is a sanctioned dog show, so canoodling, or is that canine-oodling, with the dogs is not al Were Going to the Dogs!lowed. But admiring from a few feet away is, so come out, and if you are researching a dog, see what breed is to your liking. The American Kennel Club will be here throughout the holiday weekend offering tips on dog care, training and how to choose the best dog for your family. Several vendors are here selling the finest in doggie delights, from beds to colors to carriers.

I was out there earlier today and saw a couple competitions. The Neapolitan Mastiff (above left) was fascinating – big, huge, but the young female pup (who was ginormous already) was very graceful. However, I fell in love with the West Highland White Terrier (above right), who was so incredibly cute!!

Collie Club of America National Specialty Show

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Collies have a reputation as one of the most beautiful dog breeds in the world. These four legged friends have made many families happy.  Like Lassie, possibly one of the world’s most famous dog of all time,  a collie who made our hearts melt.

This week, the Collie Club of America brings their National Specialty show to Fairplex. The show includes  a dog agility competition, a breeders education seminar, AKC Canine Good Citizen testing, and the Collie Health Foundation dinner among other great events.

So if you LOVE collies or are just plainly a declared dog lover, this show is for YOU!

March 23-27


Dog Show Delight!

sparky the dog Dog Show Delight!Hi, all! Sparky, here. Boy am I getting nervous. My tail hasn’t wagged this fast since my owner gave me my lunch! That was about five minutes ago, but still, I’m competing in one of the biggest dog shows on the West Coast this weekend–The Mission Circuit Dog Show!

But if you think I’m nervous, take a look at my owner. This guy fusses over me like I’m some collectible. Why is he so worried when I’m the one being judged? He thought that he lost my favorite squeaky toy last night and he went berserk! I cleverly hid it under the couch, hehe.

I’ll be competing on Sunday at 9 am in Ring 9. Come see me kick some tail! But if you can’t make it on Sunday, come any day May 22nd through the 25th. There are 160 breeds with 3,000 dogs being judged every day!

Where: Fairplex 4, 5 & 6
When: Friday, May 22-Monday, May 25
What time: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

General admission $6
Seniors $4
Ages 6-12 $3
Ages 5 and under FREE

Welcome to Fairplex Insider

People! There’s a lot of stuff going on here at Fairplex – besides the Fair. Sure, the Fair is our biggest event, but Fairplex is more than giant turkey legs and carnival rides. Way more. I happen to know all about what goes on because I work here and I’m going to share some of the inside scoop with you in the Fairplex Insider blog – hence the precious user name, Scoopster.

Ok. What’s happening at Fairplex? You’d think things might be slow around here, what with the end-of-school-what-can-I-do-with-the-kids dilemma hanging heavy on parents’ collective minds. Not so. There are more than 20 events going on between now and the end of June. Some are even free (or nearly free). Check out full calendar listings at Fairplex.com


The coolest thing to do this weekend at Fairplex



The Mission Circuit Dog Show (Thursday, May 22 – Monday, May 26, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.) is one of the largest dog shows in the country. You don’t have to travel to New York City to see a huge variety of breeds strutting their pouffed-up, blown-dry stuff. It’s like a live version of the Best in Show movie (about the world famous Westminster Dog Show). Tip: The humans are as much fun to watch as the dogs, skipping around the ring, dog cookies at the ready. 

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If you’re thinking about getting a warm and fuzzy 4-legged friend to take home with you, this is the place to investigate more than 140 breeds all in one place.


This is a huge dog show covering several Fairplex buildings and outdoor areas. It’s very affordable entertainment, too. General admission is only $6. Park for $8 at Gate 17 on Fairplex Drive. Or go for valet parking at the Sheraton Fairplex parking lot and it’s only $5 more.


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