Pooches parade proudly
Dogs are crowd-pleasers, from chihuahuas to mastiffs
Doggies were mellow last Wednesday evening at Lions Wayside Park as they entered the 2010 Pooch Parade at First Wednesday, which was themed "Dog Days of Summer."
Canines were clothed as baseball players, fairies and sausages. One with rubber ducks stuck to him was wearing a sign reading "Chick magnet." Some owners -- young and old -- were outfitted to match.
At 6 p.m. the Pleasanton Fife & Drum Corps led the dogs up Main Street and down, returning to the park to complete their event entries and to hear the winners of the contests as well as drawings.
The trick competition was held in front of the crowd and everyone applauded as they went through their paces. The winner, Bogie, fetched a small cooler for his owner Diana Kimbrough and, after she opened it, drew out a canned soda and carried it to her.
The parade is sponsored by the Tri-Valley Puppy Raisers and is a fundraiser for training guide dogs for the blind. This year 210 dogs registered at $10 for each category.
The winners were:
Most Creative Costume: 1st place Bella & Tobiko with Shirley Wu; 2nd place Asha with Barbara Erwin; 3rd place Woody with Marta Skoog
Cute Enough As Is (naked pooch under 30 pounds): 1st place Lucy with Brian and Esther Ramsell; 2nd place Boomer with Alex Nottingham; 3rd place Silo with Natalie Szabados
Best Team Outfit (human and pooch): 1st place Ιclair with Erin Brandes; 2nd place Toots with Sara Anderson; 3rd place Benny with Amanda Cooper
Oldest Pooch: Reba at 16 years 8 months with the Purnell family
Cute Enough As Is (naked pooch over 30 pounds): 1st place Zibah with Conrad Levoit; 2nd place Sophie Jane with Karen Borie; 3rd place Pilot with Larry Valenzin
Puppy Fun (pooches under 2): 1st place Tobiko with Keith Shintari; 2nd place Calypso with Carlos Diaz and Janet Diersen; 3rd place Brody with Patti & Rich Ambrose
Farthest Pooch: Sophie Jane with Karen Borie from Long Beach
Senior Pooch (10 years and older): 1st place Cyrus with Janet Dierson; 2nd place Bogie with Diana Kimbrough; 3rd place Levi with Christopher Glaeson
Best Trick: 1st place Bogie with Diana Kimbrough; 2nd place Winston with Kathi and Steve Finley; 3rd place Sadie with Sherry Konig
First-place winners received $20 gift cards; second place, $10 gift cards; and third place, $5. All of the winners received ribbons.
"But it's really all about the bragging rights," said the emcee.