2009 TCI Festival of the Wagging Tails
By Rebecca Bird
Turks and Caicos Weekly News
MORE than 40 well behaved pups accompanied their two-legged friends to Turtle Cove Marina this weekend to take part in the Islands’ fifth annual dog show.
This year the popular show saw a record number of participants battle it out for the top prizes, and there was no shortage of fun and frolics along the way!
Hundreds of people flocked to the specially constructed marquee from 1pm on Saturday where they enjoyed food, drinks, games and goodies – all for a good cause.
Every year the Turks and Caicos Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TCSPCA) runs the event to raise money for animals in need of care.
Last year fundraising efforts focused on setting up a low cost spay and neuter facility in Providenciales.
And in just nine months the clinic has performed more than 300 neutering surgeries and given more than 700 vaccinations.
This year the TCSPCA raised more than $25,000 from the show which is going to help cover the expenses of the new clinic.
Saturday’s fun-filled event saw canines of all shapes and sizes battle it out in competitions for best trick, most original potcake, looks most like owner, best at obstacle course, cutest tail, and best looking male and female.
The winners in each category then went on to compete for the top prize of ‘best in show.’
The four judges this year were potcake owners PPC president Eddinton Powell, WIV news reporter Alison Capron, Donna Doran, owner of Pampered Paws boarding and training kennel, and Peggy Perkins from Turks and Caicos Veterinary Associates.
They had a tough job picking the winner but in the end Donald Astwood’s black and white pup Devina, who earlier was presented with the prizes for ‘best trick’ and ‘best time at obstacle course,’ received the esteemed prize.
‘Most original potcake’ went to Pete Baker’s dog Taco, and ‘most looks like owner’ was awarded to Jackie Rouleau and her four-legged friend Jake in matching pink tutus. Best looking female was Daisy, owned by Serena Delancy, and best looking male was Cooper owned by Justin Hagan.
And finally ‘cutest tail’ went to Karen Whitt’s dog Blaze.
TCSPCA executive director Susan Blehr said this year’s event was a huge success.
She added a big thank you to Ambergris Cay who donated the first prize in the raffle, TCSPCA volunteer Louise Henderson who kept the crowds entertained during the event, Turtle Cove Marina who donated the marquee, and sponsors PPC, Graceway IGA and Pedigree.
The TCSPCA continues to provide essential medical care and attention to all animals of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
All animals in distress are rescued and placed with volunteers to recuperate and fostering is done in private homes by volunteers.
For more details on the TCSPCA and their work call 941 8846 or visit www.tcspca.tc
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