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Miss Canine contest this weekend

It´s not too late to sign your dog up for Miss Canine Costa Rica 2008, the country´s premier female dog show, which will take place this weekend at the Gran Centro Comercial del Sur shopping center near Parque de la Paz, south of San José.

The event will take place on July 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The queen will be selected on Sunday at 2 p.m.

With more than 200 registered participants, the election of the first Miss Canine Costa Rica is sure to captivate audiences. Participants stand to win big prizes.

First place adults and puppies will receive a one-year supply of Beneful premium dog food, a four-month treatment with Advantix pest control medication, three months of grooming at Excalibur, one year of deworming at Lisan, 10 issues of Pets y Más magazine, one teeth cleaning session at PetCafé, one year of medical treatment from Pet Assist, a weekend at Hotel Yare in Punta Cocles, a weekend at the Hotel Arenal Spring, and a wide assortment of JAK-brand dog clothing and accessories.

The pageant present awards in several categories: VIP (for famous dogs), Miss Special Canine Costa Rica (for dogs with a disability), Miss Guide Canine Costa Rica (for guide dogs for the blind), Miss Older Adult, Miss Quick, Miss Photogenic, Miss Congeniality, among others.

All participating dogs receive a commemorative medal and prizes from the event´s sponsors.

To participate, female dogs must be three months or older and their owners must pay a small ¢1,500 (about $2.80) registration fee at the event.

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