PRESS PHOTOS BY DENNIS GLEWThe huge audience waits the judges’ decisions at the Strut Your Mutt competition at Steel Stacks.
Contestants and their owners line up for the start of the competition.
Runner up in the Look Alike contest, were Gabby and her owner, Debi O’Donnell, who were all dressed in pink.
“People say I look like my dog,” said Steve of Rylee, a seven-year-old collie. The pair won the Look Alike contest.
The audience gasped when Guinness leaped up on Brittany De Santis’s back and stayed there when she stood up, making them the runners up in the Best Trick competition.
Alvin awed the audience and won the Best Trick competition by obeying several commands to bring a toolbox and its contents one by one to his owner, Steve Hujsa, as well as performing other tricks.
Angela Nicolello introduces Beau to Jon Lunger. Beau was the runner-up in the Best Costume event.
“It’s five o’clock somewhere,” declared Jenna Kearns, owner of Watson, who appeared dressed as a martini with two olives, winning the Best Costume event.
Riding along in Dawn Czipoth’s wheelchair is Max, winner of the Best Rescue Dog contest. Czipoth, who has diabetes, is well served by her dog, who notices when her blood sugar level drops.
Morgan, winner of the Best Rescue contest, attracted the attention of several audience members. His owner, Dr. Donald Sledz, center, declared that his huge dog has a calming effect on his patients.
Susan Burnett chats with Lunger while Snowfire, runner-up in the Most Awesomest Dog Ever competition, eyes the audience.
Elleen Apple proudly cuddles Bionic Bob, winner of the Most Awesomest Dog Ever competition.
Preening for Prizes at Strut Your Mutt
For the contestants and their owners, it was a chance to show off their good looks and talent. For the dog lovers in the audience, it was a chance to take in one hundred dogs, large and small, of various breeds. The atmosphere was festive at the first
At the Strut Your Mutt competition at the Steel Stacks’ “Levitt Paw-vilion” June 30, dogs and owners could compete in one or more of six contest categories: Most Look-a-Like, Best Trick, Best Costume, Best Rescue Dog, Cutest Puppy, and Most Awesomest Dog Ever.
Each dog and owner paraded across the stage and was introduced to the audience by Jon Lunger, moderator of the competition. This was followed by a puppy parade of all the dogs and their owners and, after a suspenseful wait, the awarding of prizes.
The event was sponsored by Chevy21, Leader of the Pack Canine Institute, A Furry Tail Come True and Frederick’s Meats. Attendees were asked to bring a bag of dog or cat food to be donated to the Center for Animal Health and Welfare in Williams Township.