Jace, a Great Dane, sits in the lap of Brittany Darnell as they wait for their turn in the ring on Monday during the Fun Fest Dog Show at Allandale. Jace, who is 9½ months old, was voted the handsomest male in the adult category. Photo by Ned Jilton
Over 75 dogs competed, and more than 50 went home with first- through fourth-place winners’ ribbons at the Pet Dog Show on the Allandale Mansion lawn Monday night.
The show, sponsored by the Greater Kingsport Kennel Club, featured a lineup of the homeliest dogs, followed by handsomest male, prettiest female, Best Heinz 57, owner-dog look-alike, best costume and best tricks.
For each category, children paraded in with their furry friends for the first round, followed by another round for adults and their dogs.
The first-place winner for homeliest dog in the children’s category was Cotton Magnuson’s dog Slick, age 6.
Handsomest males were Brittany Darnell’s 9½-month-old Great Dane Jace in the adult category and Christy Starnes’ 2-year-old dog Zero in the children’s category.
Prettiest female in the children’s division was awarded to Emmy, a maltese-shih tzu mix shown by Abby Grace, 10, and Alexa Kate, 3.
Candi Young’s weimaraner Sasha, 15 months old, won first in the adult division for prettiest female.
Best Heinz 57 is a category for mixed-breed dogs.
Chloe Cook, 11, and her brindle chihuahua mix Bodie received first place for Best Heinz 57.
The adult best mix winner was the Peters family’s 3-year-old Ruby, a dachshund-rottweiler mix. She was was escorted by Melissa Litten.
In the owner-dog look-alike category, Carter Pippin, 8, and his 4-year-old dachshund Otis won. He said their most similar quality was their red hair.
Bobbie Hubbard and her Yorkie Bella, 2, received the firstplace ribbon in the adult division for look-alikes.
Of the many cleverly dressed people and pets in the costume contest, the best in the children’s division was Emily Cross, 12, dressed as Persephone and her border collie-Australian shepherd mix Luna, 4, dressed as Cerberus. Emily’s mother Patti spent about a week assembling Luna’s two additional paper-mache heads that were mounted on opposite sides of her head.
“If you decide to scratch her head, scratch all three,” Emily told people.
The costume contest winner in the adult category was Karen Nolan’s greyhound Sammy Ann, who is also a therapy dog at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center and a “Paws to Read” program dog at the Kingsport Public Library. Sammy Ann was dressed as a mermaid with Nolan wrapped in a straw skirt, carrying a small tinsel palm tree and decorative Hawaiian leis.
Eleven-year-old Isis, an English springer spaniel, won best trick for the first time since her win at age three. Though she knew many more tricks than she performed, she eagerly sat, lay down, shook her owner Bill Qualls’ hand, spoke and reversed.
The judges this year were former Kennel Club President Dottie Foulk, police K-9 trainer Brian Kilgore and K-9 officer Melissa Marlowe.
For each category, participants paid $1 to apply.
“We do that on purpose,” said organizer Charlie LeBlanc. “We want it to be as cheap as possible so that anyone can come. It doesn’t matter if they’re in a wheelchair, whether they’re in a walker or just barely old enough to hold the leash, as long as they can come out and have fun with their animals.”