30th annual Pooch Pageant does not disappoint

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Jul. 18, 2013
Keira, 7, and Bonnie, a Labrador-mix, celebrate their Best in Show win at the 30th annual Pooch Pageant, held by the Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department on July 15. Photos by Steve Smith.
Keira, 7, and Bonnie, a Labrador-mix, celebrate their Best in Show win at the 30th annual Pooch Pageant, held by the Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department on July 15. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department's annual Pooch Pageant took place on July 15, with several young dog owners, and their charges, in attendance.

Participants competed in six categories – smallest, largest, best looking, best trick, best costume, and best behaved. The judges were Glastonbury Civil Preparedness Director Bob Dibella, Deputy Civil Preparedness Director Mike Roberts and Linda Cadario from Glastonbury Parks and Rec.

The Best of Show award is given after the first-place winners of each category are judged by audience applause. Seven-year-old Kiera and her Lab mix, Bonnie, took home the Best in Show award, after both dressed as princesses for the competition. Bonnie's outfit was created by Keira, with help from her family.

“We picked them out,” Keira said, adding that her grandmother helped create both outfits and make alterations. Kiera described her dog, which she has had for about five years, as “great.” Bonnie was a rescue dog, who came from Virginia. Besides winning, Keira said she had a lot of fun being in the show.

Last year's Best in Show winner, a short-haired pointer named Johnny, belonging to Selina, 10, was advocating for pet adoption, and even brought along an adoptee as part of the costume contest. Selina and her family are a foster family for dogs, including those with behavior issues, which they help rehabilitate.

Dibella, who has judged the Pooch Pageant for 28 of its years, said it clearly shows how well the young dog owners care for their dogs in Glastonbury. “We have a plethora of young people who love to get involved with these activities, because they are very close to their dogs,” Dibella said. “The show has been run for the last 30 years, very well, so that the children, families, and their dogs really look forward to it.”

For more information, visit www.glastonbury-ct.gov.


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