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Doggone it Again
by Kathy Gordon, for the Sparks Tribune
Oct 21, 2009 | 711 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
<a href= mailto:dreid@dailysparkstribune.com>Tribune file/Debra Reid</a> - Badger and other rescued canines are regular performers at the Circus Circus Casino in Reno. J.R. Johns and the Doggone Silly troupe will perform Sunday at John Ascuaga's Nugget. Proceeds will benefit the local SPCA.
Tribune file/Debra Reid - Badger and other rescued canines are regular performers at the Circus Circus Casino in Reno. J.R. Johns and the Doggone Silly troupe will perform Sunday at John Ascuaga's Nugget. Proceeds will benefit the local SPCA.
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J.R. Johns and his canine companions light up John Ascuaga's Nugget celebrity showroom stage this weekend with an encore performance of their show, Doggone Silly.

Johns and company performed their act in March to raise money for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). They raised over $18,000.

“We were completely sold out (in March),” Johns said. “And had to turn away about 150 people.”

Johns is proud to be raising money for the SPCA and hopes that they can raise that much again.

Throughout the years, most of Johns’ dogs have come from shelters or rescue situations.

He recently took in a baby Great Dane from a family whose house was foreclosed. He has already begun working with her, finding out what her talents are.

His show is made up of bits and pieces from his library of 30-plus years of performing. The show is about 80 minutes of visual and physical humor where the dogs tend to get the best of Johns.

Also along for the show is guest performer Spike McGuire. McGuire is a physical comedian with a variety of performance skills, Johns said.

“He is very silly and extremely funny,” Johns said. “Spike consistently kills the audience as much as my dogs do.”

People can expect a good, family oriented show, Johns said. He describes his shows as a myriad of humor and visual aesthetics.

"Nobody else does what I do with dogs," he said.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children. Show times are at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Call the Nugget box office at 1-800-648-1177 or visit Johns' Web site at www.doggonesilly.com for more information.

“I guarantee that everyone will enjoy the show,” Johns said.

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Doggone it Again by Kathy Gordon, for the Sparks Tribune


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