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2024 Pet Parade
A pirate ship, a pun, and an impersonation
April 1, 2024

ifty seven dogs, most in costume. And just over $1,800 raised for the Pamlico Animal Welfare Society.

This year the PAWS Annual Pet Parade coincided with Easter weekend. So organizers adapted, and set out treat-filled Easter eggs for the pets.

What happens when you have a parade at 11a, but have to film a hair commercial at noon.

The bribe judge worked the crowd, willing to tilt the scales for a fee. She received over $600 for her efforts.

All proceeds help PAWS take care of dogs in need.

Bella, dressed as a judge, checks up on her human. She won for cutest costume.
PAWS Pet Parade Winners:
• Best Behaved: Henry (human Nate Caldwell)
• Most Funny: Bonnie & Josie (humans Carol & Ken Small)
• Friendliest: Sasha (human Terry Sparling)
• Most Look-a-like: Pippin (with humans Joe & Laura dressed as Charlie & Marguerite Garret with (stuffed animal) dog Willie)
• Best Theme: Daisy (human Lee Duer)
• Cutest: Bella (human Lizzie Taylor)
• Most Unusual: Ollie (human Jennifer Smart)
• Best Costume: Lillie (human Jean Jeanners)

Penny the Bloodhound gets pets while waiting to hear the winners. She took home one of the two Judge’s Choice awards.
• Judge’s Choice: Berkley (human Jodie Riddle) • Judge’s Choice: Penny the Bloodhound (human Penny Carman)

• Best in Show: Yondu (human Brandy Grotjan)

Yondu The Pirate Ship. He took home Best in Show.

There was also an Easter Egg hunt, with treat filled plastic eggs hidden along the parade route.

And while the dogs and humans hung out, those who wished to participate were invited to gather with Father Bruce Cheney for a group Blessing of the Animals.

Sasha finds an egg.
Dog-ma? Or Ma-dog? Depends on which side Jennifer Smart carries Ollie.
A complete theme: dog with tennis ball and tennis racket bandana.
Heading up the parade pack: Animal Control officer Berkley Hill and his dog Dog stationed near the front.
Costumed winners: Lillie for Best Dressed, Daisy and friends for Best Theme, and Pippin and company for impersonating the Garret family.
A sandwich – to go.
Ready for the summer holidays, dressed in their patriotic best.
A mid-street meet & greet.
Delivering the mail, a Hungry Caterpillar Homage, and the first dog to graduate form the New Leash on Life program.
When you look so much alike, you start dressing the same.
Out of costume, Bella gets to know her young fan.
The award for Best Behaved went to the cooperative Henry.
The group that won for Best Theme, fluttering their wings.

Posted Monday April 1, 2024 by Allison DeWeese

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