Walden Woods 'Bike and Dog Fair' attracts rare dog breed

By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Wed., Sep. 11, 2013
Brittany Brown dresses her Boxer, Dexter, for the Bike and Dog Fair costume contest. Photos by Calla Vassilopoulos.
Brittany Brown dresses her Boxer, Dexter, for the Bike and Dog Fair costume contest. Photos by Calla Vassilopoulos.

Sunny skies and warm weather brought the Walden Woods community together on Sept. 7 for a Bike and Dog Fair. Among the local dogs wagging their tails and parading around the ballfield was a rare breed known as Mi-Ki.

“They are so small; they live 18 years on average, and because they are so small, they don't have all the teeth a normal dog would have,” said Bob Wratny. “Although their teeth look normal, they get plaque faster, which means dental work once a year for both of [my dogs].”

Wratny said the only breeder known in New England is located in Rhode Island, which is where he and his wife rescued Munchkin and Baby five years ago. He said the dogs are hypoallergenic, meaning they have hair, not fur.

The brother and sister were dressed to impress for the event, which led to their success in the costume contest. Baby was one of the top three best dressed, wearing a red dress, and Munchkin received an honorable mention, wearing his dog-bone-patterned winter jacket. Munchkin and Wratny also received second place for the dog and owner look-alike contest.

In addition to the costume contest, there was a dog parade led by Parade Marshal John Boccuzzi and a tail-wagging contest, which Bella,  a Min Pin Chihuahua and Corgi mix, won with 39 wags in 15 seconds.

Aside from the dog events there was a bike demonstration, safety training, a bike decorating contest and a bike parade.

“It was a first try. We didn't really know how many people would show up, but we are thrilled with the attendance,” said social and recreation committee chairman Roland Bernier. “There is no doubt we will do it again next year.”


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