■ STAFF REPORT
April Fool’s Day will be a little more special next year, as the biennial Boca Grande Dog Show will be held that day.
This is a tradition of high standing in the Boca Grande community, as this is a place where dogs are as important as their people. Show festivities will kick off on Friday, March 31 with a cocktail party, and will continue on to the next morning as the show opens.
Dog show judges award prizes in multiple categories, including a new coveted “Rescue” class, costumes, puppies, working, terriers, toys, non-sporting, herding and miscellany. Contestants share stories on how each dog was rescued and is now in its permanent, loving home.
Last year’s show raised more than $13,000 for the Suncoast Humane Soicety,and more than 50 dogs entered. Last year the Boca Bowser Award (best in show) went to Kipp, a golden retriever owned by Michael Giobbe, and the Boca Geezer award went to Wiley, age 16+, a rescue Rottweiler/hound mix, owned by Denny and Melanie Sullivan.
Winners in other divisions included: Louie Hamilton for costumes, cavachon Sampson Hyde in the puppy category, Sky Lake, a Bernese mountain dog, in the tricks category, Captiva Benson in the toy category, Jenkins Heldrich in the working category, Addie Frazier in the miscellany group and Kip Giobbe in the sporting group along with Angel Long. Bandit Potter won in musical chairs and Bentley Lyons and Charlie Kernan both took honors in the rescue category, as did Fifi Finch.
Keep reading the Boca Beacon for upcoming information on the 2017 Boca Grande Dog Show.