By Melanie Dzwonchyk, firstname.lastname@example.org
11:25 AM EDT, September 26, 2012
Dogs howled, licked their owners and jumped through hoops to win ribbons at Laurel's fourth annual Dog Show Sunday, Sept. 23, at McCullough Field.
Show organizer Bonny DuCote, a program specialist with the city's Department of Parks and Recreation, said about 48 dogs competed in the show, and more dogs brought their owners to just hang out and enjoy the day.
Best vocal performance was won by a pair of howling dogs, and competitors in the most affectionate category snuggled, licked and rolled in the grass with their owners.
Some of the tricks performed included fetching duck decoys and showing off obedience to the tried and true sit-and-stay command.
Best in Show winner Tori , a 12-year-old golden retriever, is a therapy dog with her own Facebook page who participates in walks to benefit military families.
Sunday's show judges were Laurel Police officers Jimmy Brooks and Steve Crass, and Citizens Advisory Committee member Eileen Collins.
This year's show sponsors were All Dogs Club Daycare; Applewoods Dog Training; Nestle/Dryer's/Edy's Ice Cream, which donated Frosty Paws frozen dog treats; Brenner Animal Hospital; Prance Around Pet Services; Hang Dogs; Einsten Bros Bagels; Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital; and Sean Patrick's Pet Grooming.
Best Senior Dog: Tori, owned by Laurie Collins
Best Puppy: Mimi ,owned by Emily Velez
Best Pair of Dogs: Fiona and Gracie, owned by Sandra Detro
Looks Most Like Owner: Peyton, owned by Rachel Tarp
Best Dressed: Giuseppe "Peppe," owned by Janet Brake
Most Affectionate: Little Bear, owned by Winter Webb
Best Vocal Performance: Baby and Mate, owned by Kimberly Carethers
Terrific Pet Tricks, Owner Trained: Lola, owned by Lisa Peelen and Mikki Farias
Terrific Pet Tricks, Professionally Trained: Giuseppe "Peppe," owned by Janet Brake;
Best in Show: Tori, owned by Laurie Collins