Grand Pawformance: Lowcountry Strawberry Festival to Feature Dog Show

Pompeyo Dog Show at the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, SC.
A family business that prioritizes having fun with dogs sounds like a dream, but it’s a reality for the Pompeyo family. Semi-finalists on “America’s Got Talent,” Jorge and Natalya, daughters Katerina and Isabella and almost 5-year-old son, Nicolas, handle rescue dogs of all ages and breeds, using each dog’s unique talents to entertain audiences throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

Pompeyo Dog Show at the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, SC. Photo #2.Over 10 years in the making, the Pompeyo Dog Show continues to grow its fan base through exhilarating festival and television appearances. They will soon be captivating audiences at the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival, which will take place at Boone Hall Plantation over two festive weekends, April 5 – 7 and April 12 – 14.

Their first time in Mount Pleasant, the Pompeyos are looking forward to bringing their act to one of the largest spring festivals in South Carolina. Though their performance boasts a rugged Western theme, they can’t wait to explore the Lowcountry’s vibrant culture and soak up the Southern charm.

Performing their one-of-a-kind dog show, the Pompeyos often travel with as many as 10 dogs representing a wide variety of breeds — namely “rescued.” From mixes that include poodles, heelers, rat terriers, border collies and jack russells, the Pompeyos don’t get hung up on genetics. They can tell if a dog is going to be a good addition to their performance troupe simply by having them engage with their children.

Pompeyo Dog Show at the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, SC. Photo #3.

“I know by watching a dog’s body language if he or she is going to be a good match for trick training and performances, especially during playtime with my kids. We observe their natural abilities and what they can do. Then, we base our tricks on their natural abilities,” noted Jorge. The family patriarch, Pompeyo comes from a long line of dog trainer s and started to trick – train dogs at a very young age. He and his wife, Natalya, use their platform to promote animal rescue and adoption. “We feel that it’s important to bring the message to audiences that dogs in shelters can be stars. Right now, shelters are full. If audiences see how talented rescue dogs are, we can motivate them to adopt,” he added.

Pompeyo Dog Show at the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, SC. Photo #4.

They also showcase the power of positive reinforcement. Their cheerful approach to training fosters happy and focused performers. On stage, the dogs exude unwavering confidence, seemingly oblivious to the sizable audiences around them. Every successful performance is met with enthusiastic celebration and, of course, delicious treats.

The Pompeyo Dog Show wows audiences with colorful, high – energy acts that typically include a mix of acrobatics, dog tricks and dance routines. The dogs perform a variety of impressive feats including jumping through hoops, walking on tightropes and balancing on balls. It’s easy to see the dogs enjoying their contributions to the show, working in harmony like a joy – filled machine. The younger members of the Pompeyo troupe also enjoy participating in the family business. “They like to travel and meet people,” said Jorge. “It’s fun for them too,” he affirmed

By Isabel Alvarez Arata

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