The Annual St. Bernard Parish Pet Show was held on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Paul Noel Gym in Chalmette. Working in cooperation with Dr. Don Duplantier of St. Bernard Veterinary Clinic, St. Bernard Parish 4-H Club members showcased a wide variety of pets ranging from dogs and cats to reptiles, rabbits and even a duck. Serving as judges for the event were several members from the Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard – Arabi.
The purpose of the pet show was for 4-H members to learn how important it is to be a responsible pet owner. Participants were interviewed by judges on their knowledge of caring for their particular pet. Participants were asked questions such as “How often and what do you feed your pet?” “What vaccinations does your pet need?” “How often do you bathe your pet or clean its cage?” Concluding the event was the Best Dressed Pet competition. Participants were awarded 4-H ribbons.
Pet show participants were asked to bring an item to be donated to the St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter as part of a service project for this event. 4-H Jr. Leaders collected pet toys, blankets, towels, pet treats and food. These items will be donated to the Animal Shelter on the State wide 4-H Day of Service, in December.
In preparation for the pet show Dr. Don Duplantier attended the November 4-H Club meetings to speak to 4-H members about what being a responsible pet owner means. He covered topics such as spay & neuter, vaccinations against disease, and heart worms.
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