The Camden Windjammer Festival Nautical Dog Show will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m. in Camden Harbor Park. The show is being organized by P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center in Camden.

Bring those canine friends and the whole family for a fun-filled morning overlooking Camden Harbor. Watch an agility show with professional handlers and their dogs. Participate in multiple contests for dog owners and their canine friends and celebrate the presence of dogs adopted from an animal shelter.

Contestant registration forms can be found on line at under events. Participants can also register on-site the morning of the event beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Harbor Park. There is a $5 registration fee for each participating dog, a donation to P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center.

Your dog can participate in a nautical costume contest (do you have a special nautical outfit your dog enjoys wearing?). Your dog can compete for prizes in a talent show (does your dog do something no other dogs can do?). Prizes will be given for the biggest and smallest dog, the dog with the largest or smallest ears, with the shortest and longest tail, the best dog trick and best nautical costume. There will be prizes for the winners in each category.

Participating in the agility event organized by Sharon Gilbert will be Brandi Moore from Searsmont who will run her 7-year-old agility champion Sheltie, McLeod, and her 3-year-old Border Collie, McKenzie. Moore has adopted, trained and competed with only rescue and shelter dogs since she was 12. Merrie Bettler, who owns an agility training center in Montville, will run her dog Tigger, who has three years of agility experience. Gilbert from Camden will run her Miniature Austrialian Shepherds, Bella and Rusty, both with three years of agility experience.

Have you adopted your dog from an animal shelter? Please bring them to the show and share your joy in having given an abandoned dog a wonderful forever home as you parade with them around the park.

PAWS Animal Adoption Center, located at 123 John St., in Camden, was established in 1974 and now serves the Town of Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, Hope, Belfast, Northport, Searsmont, Liberty, Islesboro and Swanville. The shelter also takes dogs and cats voluntarily turned over by their owners who live in these towns. Visit to learn more about the shelter.