2010 TCSPCA Annual Dog Show
K9'S COMPETE FOR TOP DOG
Turks and Caicos Weekly News
PETS and their proud owners packed the huge marquee at Turtle Cove Marina this Saturday for TCI's popular annual dog show.
It was hours of entertainment for the whole family as pooches vied for the top spot in a series of fun events.
The prettiest pups competed for best looking dog, most looks like owner and cutest tail.
And the brightest of the bunch showed off their skills in the best trick and obstacle course events.
Meanwhile there were lots of things to keep the youngsters occupied including crafts, a raffle and face painting.
The annual event, run by the Turks and Caicos Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TCSPCA), has been taking place for six years.
Executive director Susan Blehr revealed that this year's show raised $24,000 for the charity which will be spent on expanding the neutering and vaccination programme.
Saturday's events kicked off at 1pm with best trick which was won by Wisley and owner Rosalind Pickavance.
Coordinated k9 Monte and owner Emma Riach got the best time in the obstacle course and best in show, while stealing away with the prize for cutest tail was Crash owned by Sheila Ludington.
Best looking female and the pup that most looked like her owner was Buttons owned by David Seymour.
Most original potcake went to Daisy, beloved pooch of John Galleymore, and best looking male was won by Delphine Hartshorne's Swiss Mountain Dog Scouse.
Delphine told the Weekly News that she was delighted with the eight-month-old pup's success in his first dog show.
"I think the show is a fantastic way to get people and their dogs out to support a foundation that does a lot for potcakes.
"I have been two years and have really enjoyed it both times. Hopefully we'll get Scouse down again next year when he is fully grown.
"This was his first dog show and we were very pleased he won best looking male, he is much better at looking handsome than the obstacle course!"
Judging the events were vet Peggy Perkins, owner of Pampered Paws Donna Doran, Permanent Secretary of Health and Human Services Judith Campbell and vice president of PPC Kevin Smith.
Also attending the event as guests of honour were PPC CEO Eddinton Powell and chair of the Potcake Foundation Heather Forbes.
This year the lead sponsor was PPC who donated $5,000 to make the show happen, and other sponsors include Graceway IGA and Pedigree.
All dogs entered into the show will receive a loot-bag filled with goodies for participating.
Food and beverages were provided by Chef Clive Whent from the Kissing Fish Catering Company, Betty Ludington took the official photographs and MC Marylou Vanderheide kept the crowds entertained.
Trained Pine Cay patrol dogs gave a special demonstration on how they keep the property safe.
Molly and handler Sherwyn DrePaul joined Roscoe and handler Heackel Encallado in taking down Pine Cay security manager John Patrick who wore a bite suit for the demonstration.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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