Doggone Good Show

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Nearly 60 dogs were registered to compete in the Soroptimist's 12th Annual "I Love My Dog" Show, held Saturday at Green Valley Park.

Five trophies and 40 ribbons were awarded by the show's three judges, Lynn Welnick, Christy Wrather and Wynn Wojcik.

The categories included largest and smallest dog, longest coat, most spots, fastest tail wag and dog/owner look-a-likes, best costume, weirdest bark and best trick. There was also an obstacle course the dogs could run.

"Every dog deserved a ribbon," Wrather said.

The event was sponsored by Furry Friends, Star Valley Veterinary Clinic, the Critter Clipper, Pine Country Animal Clinic, Payson Feed and Pet Foods, and Wal-Mart. The proceeds went to benefit the organizations the Soroptimists help support, including the Time Out Shelter, the Rim Country Literacy Program and Payson Community Kids.

"Our sincere thanks to all who participated in making this event such a success," Event Coordinator Martha Hemphill said.

First Place Winners

Largest Dog: Gus, Jessica Ruttle

Smallest Dog: Tofu, Alicia Baker

Longest Coat: Sheba, Deanna Biesemeyer

Most Spots: Keela, William Green

Dog/Owner Look-a-likes: Toni and Mike Burkett

Obstacle Course: Sweetie, Jeri Shepard

Fastest Tail Wag: Toni, Kris Burkett

Best Costume: Jack, Betty Lundigan

Weirdest Bark: Little Bit, Caitlin Mathewson

Best Trick: Chip, Linda White

Best Eyes: Rosie Blue, Dana Qualls

Junior Champion: Sheba, Deanna Biesemeyer

People's Choice: Tofu, Alicia Baker

President's Choice: Gus, Jessica Ruttle

Best of Show: Sweetie, Jeri Shepard

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