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PNE SuperDogs are still a fan favorite after 45 years

"The enthusiasm here in Vancouver is second to none. PNE is the best entertainment destination in the world."—SuperDogs

SuperDog Sherlock, who is owned by Vancouver's Lisa Sun, enjoys a pupcake — small doggie birthday cakes made of meat, fruit, vegetables, eggs, plain yogurt, peanut butter, baking powder and whole wheat flour by Great Canadian Dog Cakes in East Van — on Thursday to celebrate 45 years of the SuperDogs at the PNE.
Lisa Sun's super dog of Vancouver Sherlock enjoys a little doggy birthday cake made with meat, fruit, vegetables, eggs, plain yogurt, peanut butter, baking powder, whole wheat flour, and a Great Canadian Dog pupcake. East Van cake — Thursday to celebrate SuperDogs' 45th anniversary in the PNE. PHOTO BY NICK PROCAYLO /PNG

Ever since she was a little girl in Vancouver, Lisa Sun has I dragged my mother and father to PNE's SuperDog show, preferably three times a day.

"As long as I can bring her parents back to the Colosseum, I'll let her watch as many times as I want." I said yes.

``I was that person. } Pawvengerscompete with their stocky chests, large heads, and short legs to add comical comfort to almost any breed, including collies, poodles, and whippets.

This year The show is superhero-themed, and of course supervillains, and Sun's canine 7-year-old brother plays Hulk (and backup Hulk).

"Very exciting "As I grow older, I want to see a dog at the PNE every year, and I dream of it," The Sun said Thursday inside the Pacific Coliseum. "It was one of my dreams to one day have a dog in SuperDogs."

That was in 2009, when Sun and her three little pugs were dogs. It happened when I attended a workshop for pet owners. Pug's athletic prowess caught the eye of Impresario and her SuperDogs owner, Chase Howard, and his various responsibilities include creative and his directorial duties.

"It was the thrill of a lifetime," said Sun.

This year's show is special not only because PNE is back, but also because 2022 marks her 45th anniversary of SuperDogs.

Founded by Toronto native Herb Williams as a dog exercise show featuring running and jumping dogs in the PNE, SuperDogs now presents an annual performance with three traveling theater troupes. We do hundreds of North American shows.

They will be performing at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, the B.C. Northern Exhibition, currently in Prince George and Vancouver, in front of about 500,000 people in the next week or so.

"Let me tell you, the enthusiasm here in Vancouver is priceless," said Howard of SuperDogs. "The PNE is the premier entertainment venue in the whole world."[61][62] Over the course of over 45 years, the PNE estimates that between 8 million and 10 million people have seen SuperDogs.

"According to the statistics, I think everyone in British Columbia has seen Super Dog twice," Howard said.

``There's something special about the people here. ``Hey, we're going to have a good time with these dogs.

"Having a show here at the PNE is one of the most exciting things."

Howard, whose real name is Leonard Chase, debuted last fall. Wrote a musical about Superdog and rave reviews for

To mark the PNE show's 45th anniversary, Thursday That morning, a group of Super Dogs each received pupcakes. This is meat, fruit, vegetables, eggs, plain his yogurt, peanut butter, east his powder and whole grain baking by his Van's Great Canadian Dog Cakes - to the soundtrack of a roaring Happy Birthday.

Consider a touring show that ran for 45 years: Ice Capades ran for 50 years until he closed in 1995, whileDisney on Ice is 40 years.

"His 50 years on the Ice Capades is an iconic year in show business," said Howard. "We're between [Ice Capades and Disney on Ice] and when you read those stats, you're like, 'Thank you PNE, thank you Vancouver, thanks to you we're one of the most important entertainment groups in the North. America."

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