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PAWS Pet Parade 2015
Tenth Annual Celebration
April 30, 2015

T
he 10th Annual PAWS Pet Parade drew about 40 dogs and their owners to LouMac Park on Saturday April 25. It was a fundraiser for Pamlico Animal Welfare Society.

Some scenes from the event and that dynamic of dogs and their people:

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Emmie and Caroline James with their dog, Puck. They won in the most lookalike category in a Midsummer Night’s Dream theme. (Puck’s longer name is Robin Goodfellow.)
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Per Erichsen was master of ceremonies and announced the winners from atop a picnic table in LouMac Park, with librarian and judge Kat Clowers handing out the awards. Carol Small and her dog Bonnie took the Best Oriental Dragon theme.
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While bi-ped judges were assessing the various dogs, the canines themselves were taking their own measure. Here Freckles, the baseball dog sniffs out Clarence, who was labelled “The Blended Terrier.” Ed Braun was mum on what went in to that blend.
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Role reversal. Dorothy Dimond and her dog Skye, who came to the parade as a veterinarian. For Skye, it wasn’t too much of a stretch. Dr. Dimond says Skye has always thought that patients who came to her clinic were coming to see Skye. The team took Best in Show.
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Though about a decade apart in age and not quite the same mix, Jennifer Smart’s dogs Popeye and Ollie came as an almost matching set of bookends. They won for Most Unusual
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Jonny Quest and Bandit — according to blue tape each wore on Saturday — aka Neil Landon and his dog, Sailor, curbside after the parade. They went as characters from the vintage TV show which Neil is a fan of .

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Dogs of many stripes. In foreground, the trio of dogs Ben Rauch brought as candystripers – a nod to veterinarian Dr. Sherri Hicks who is recovering from knee surgery. In background, Darrian Chasse’s dog, Freckles..
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Dayna Hardison with her bloodhound puppy, Daisy who won for Cutest and Best puppy.
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Emerson McMillan and Wrigley won for Best Theme.
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Lynne Kaplan and Banjo, who won for Funniest.
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Lobster, a rare sighting in waters of the Pamlico Sound. This one was Marilyn Geisler’s dog, Logan.

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Carol Small and the reluctantly-costumed Bonnie.
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The bookends, Popeye and Ollie. Tethered to the books and to Ollie, Popeye had to repress his trick of springing 3 feet in to the air..
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Accompaniment for the parade and awards ceremony was provided by the Pamlico Community Band. Bill Michne seen at left and in the reflection from his trombone. .
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Emerson McMillan checks out the ribbon she and her dog Wrighl
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What’s a Pet Parade in Oriental without a pirate? This one was Maggie Monk’s Farley.

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A pause at the PAWS event.
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Ben Rauch with Annie, Otis and Hershey accepting the judges’ award for Best Story. He dressed them in the striped shirts to depict candy-stripers, a nod to veterinarian Sherri Hicks who recently underwent knee surgery. Ben works at the Oriental Village Veterinary Hospital.
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Karen Van Gamper’s dog, Dixie – short for Winn Dixie – did not win for the form-fitting fushia crocheted body warmer. But she did take top honors in the Most Excited To Be Here category.
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The judges bestowed an award for celebrity to Heather Brewer’s dog Maya. Maya can be seen on the cover of Heather’s novel, Hungry Mother Creek.
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For some dogs, it was another day in the park. Roger and Elizabeth Cordes’s dog Mollie in life vest was one of several dogs who’ve been adopted thru PAWS New Leash on LIfe program,in which the dogs are trained by prisoners at Parmlico Correctional Center.
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Julia Tingle walked Shiloh in the parade. Shiloh’s owner, veterinarian Dr. Sherry HIcks was serving as a judge on Saturday (and pulled SHiloh out of the running for any prize.)

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Daisy the bloodhound sniffs out her award.
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Rika and Betsy Quitkin.
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The Pamlico Community Band played. Reflected in Becky Ackiss’s horn, the old live oak at Freemason and South Streets.
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The live oak drew some of the spectators to get a loftier perch after the parade.
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Sailor and Neil Landow.

Posted Thursday April 30, 2015 by Melinda Penkava


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