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Lots of dogs get their day

Rotweillers do not have the best of reputations – the dog breed could definitely use a good public relations man. But this does not seem to bother Dakota, a 4-year-old Rotweiller with a sweet disposition and a penchant for watching cable TV.

“He loves Animal Planet,” said Dakota’s owner, Wayne McKnight, a South Lake Tahoe resident. “He loves any show where animals are running around. If he could work the remote I’m sure he would have a great time.”

It is said that Dakota learned to sing from watching TV, and who are we to argue? The canine impresario took first place in the doggie singing contest on Saturday at the Lake Tahoe Humane Society Pet Party and Open House, a pet get-together sponsored by the Humane Society, Century 21 Yank’s Realty, Bob Dog Pizza and the S.P.C.A.

The day served as a way to reach out to the community to promote a variety of educational programs for families with pets.

“We are also trying to call attention to our matching grant fund drive,” said shelter spokesperson Dawn Armstrong. “We have raised $85,000 so far toward our goal.”

If the Humane Society is able to raise $100,000, it will receive a matching $100,000 grant from an anonymous donor. The funds will go toward re-opening the Humane Society Shelter, which had to be closed in 1996 due to lack of funds.

“It was a fun day,” said Armstrong, who presided over contests such as a pet parade, silly pet tricks and a variety of singing dog acts.

That’s where Dakota got his chance to shine.

“He has champion lines, but there were problems with his teeth,” said Sandy McKnight, Wayne’s wife. “So we kept him as a pet instead of a show dog.”

The other kid in the family is Rosie, a two-year-old female Rotweiller the McKnights adopted. Rosie had been rescued from an abusive home.

So one might say that the McKnights and their pooches all now live together in perfect harmony … that is, if one did not have to listen to Dakota sing on Saturday.

Whew. Pass the remote.

TAKEOUT: For donations or information, contact the Lake Tahoe Humane Society at (530) 577-4521, or write to P.O. Box PET, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 96158

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