Putting on the dog

Mar 3, 2003  •  Post A Comment

At this beauty pageant, contestants were dressed to the K-9’s. “After a while you start to talk to them like they’re people. You know: `Miss Vermont, please move over a little,”’ says Eric Schotz, who with Bill Paolantonio is exec producer of the “First Annual Miss Dog Beauty Pageant,” which is expected to air on Fox during May sweeps.
How do the pooches compare with human contestants? “The biggest difference is no waxing,” jokes Schotz, whose credits include “Boot Camp,” “Kid’s Say the Darndest Things” and the upcoming Fox special “101 Things Removed From the Human Body.” “The dogs are so much better. There was no talking back, no attitude, very little back biting and hardly any duct tape needed.” Each dog wore a state sash. Highlights include evening wear and the talent competition, which featured singing, a high-wire act and man’s best friend climbing an 8-foot staircase on hind legs. The winners get cash, gifts and prizes, and are featured in an upcoming 2004 wall calendar. It doesn’t end here. Plans are already being hatched for the Miss World Dog Pageant, and if the ratings are strong, for Mr. Dog and Miss Teen Dog, for pups under 2 years of age.