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Dogs take over town of Minerva

Doggie bath at the 2013 Minerva Dog Show

Doggie bath at the 2013 Minerva Dog Show

— They were furry, barked occasionally, were very well-behaved, and were quite dog-like.

Small dogs, large dogs, search dogs, dogs of various colors, stripes, and breeds descended on the town of Minerva on Saturday, Sept. 14, from noon until around 5 p.m. for the first-ever All Breed Dog Show.

The town park at Minerva Lake was prepared for these bowsers with vendors, food, water, agility and obstacle courses, and various contests, for which ribbons were won. In addition, a silent auction was held over the course of the afternoon, with all proceeds going to the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad. Human refreshments were also available for dog owners as well as spectators.

As promised, local celebrity Mike Leddick was the announcer for this day of canine-oriented fun. Competitive (but not too competitive) events include cutest puppy, finest old timer, best trick, loudest bark, best looking pooch, bobbing for hot dogs, obstacle courses, and best costumes. An agility course for dogs ready to handle, it was brought and set up by Diane and Chet Palmer.

It was a very successful event, and the organizers of this fun day are hoping to make it a regular, annual event. A special thanks for the planning, organizing, and implementation of this doggie extravaganza goes to Patty Warrington of Olmstedville. It was a great activity which brought dog-owning folks and interested spectators out to the park on a beautiful day.

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