BY LIZA STROUT - The 2013 Boca Grande Woman’s Club Dog Show was a great success, with dozens of happy dogs strutting their stuff in front of a cheering crowd and a panel of children.
“The show was wonderful,” said Charlie Field, who is the chairman of the event and acted as announcer for the dogs. “It was a lot of work to set up, but we all had a great time.”View More images >>
This year, two judges – Bill Heisel, President Emeritus of the Upper Peninsula Kennel Club and Woman’s Club President Marjorie Webb – watched as canines introduced by Charlie Field paraded before Master of Ceremonies Julian Keevil.
There were 14 events in this year’s hour-and-a-half show.
In the Puppy group, there was a three-way tie between Kip, a golden retriever handled by Mike Giobbe, Franklin, a Shih Tzu handled by Bob Ryan, and Tillie, a standard poodle handled by Jill Wunder.The Costumes competition was won by Daisy, a Maltese handled by Diana Runyon.
In the breed groups, Sporting was won by Angel, a cocker spaniel handled by Linda Long; Working was taken by Ziggy, a Labrador handled by Sally Follet. Maggie, a West Highland terrier handled by Joan Perdue, and Addie, a Jack (Parson) Russell terrier handled by Libby Frazier tied in the Terrier group. With many adorable entrants, the Toy division was taken by John J., a Shih Tzu handled by Edie Browne of Wilmette, Ill., the granddaughter of Dick and Diane Ryan. Forrest, a bulldog handled by Angela Snyder, took top prize for the Non-Sporting event. A Shetland sheepdog named Susie, handled by Andre Buckles, won in the Herding category. In the category of Miscellany, Sir Bentley, a labradoodle handled by Nancy Hayden won the ribbon.
The most impressive act in the Tricks category was the Labrador, Ziggy, with an impressive obstacle course carefully designed and set up by Sally Follet.
They say that owners and pets grow to look like one another, and the addition of a pair of lovely pink tutus and matching hats swept Louie, a Maltese, and handler Dodo Hamilton, to the blue ribbon in the Owner/Dog Look Alike event.
The fastest sitter on the island was Scout, a Labrador handled by Barb Malloure, who ran off with the Musical Chairs prize.
The oldest competitor was Winston, a 14-year-old Shih Tzu handled by Barb Ryan. He received the Boca Geezer Award for his years of service.
And finally, John J., the Shih Tzu handled by Edie Browne, was best in show. The Boca Bowser Award is selected from the breed group winners. According to Edie, she spent over an hour grooming John J. for the event. The effort was worth it, as they left the stage with top honors.
The Dog Show is a biennial event, alternating with Westie Fest, a gathering of West Highland Terriers and their fans from the island and beyond. See you at the dog park next year!
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