Pets can shine in talent show |

Pets can shine in talent show

For area residents with the most incredible pets, Saturday could be their lucky day, when the Purina Mills-sponsored “People & Their Amazing Animals” national talent search hits Grass Valley.

Last year’s national winner, Joe Roy III, first won the Grass Valley talent search at the Ridge Feed & Supply Co.

“Joe won $10,000. That’s pretty amazing,” said Ridge Feed owner Curt Chittock on Thursday. This is the store’s third time hosting the annual event.

Roy won thanks to vocalizations delivered on cue by Sidney, his Citron cockatoo. Sidney can imitate a variety of sounds, including dog barks, whistles, a chicken, a telephone, sneezes and the word “hello.”

Although the national winner is a professional bird trainer for the past 20 years and an all-ages lecturer about birds of prey for the past 13 years, Roy didn’t expect to win the competition.

“I was shocked. I had just worked the day before with Sidney at a school show and had overfed him. When I overfeed him, his responses are less precise,” the Grass Valley resident said. “I had to read the letter several times to see I had really won.”

During the two previous talent searches, Chittock has seen “tightrope- walking mice, dancing mini-pigs and singing dogs.”

Just in case your animal can’t do those tricks, there is the “beyond talent” segment where animals and their owners compete for “Most Unusual Animal” and “Cutest Animal” (owners must be 12 years old or under for this category).

Saturday’s festivities include Roy and Sidney demonstrating more vocalizations, free pet food samples and free sno-cones for the owners and spectators.

This year’s national winners will receive $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place and $2,000 for third place. National winners in the “beyond talent” categories will win $1,000.

The free talent search is from 10 a.m. to noon. Ridge Feed & Supply is at 12892 Ridge Road.

Call the store at 273-3886 for more information.

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