It was an event that brought out everybody and their dog.
The 16th annual Humane Society Dog Show was another howling success, drawing dozens of four-legged friends and their two-legged pals to the Agriculture Pavilion on Saturday.
‘I’m really pleased,’ said show director Cathy Richardson. ‘When we started 16 years ago, we barely had 100 dogs. This year we had 158 dogs. It just gets better and better every year.’
Dogs were entered in show categories spanning from Most Personality and Best Trick to Cayman Dogs and Best Rescued. The costume competition drew a parade of colourful entries as owners dressed their pooches up as everything from a scuba diver to a ladybug to an airplane.
‘I was really pleased with the effort everybody put in that category,’ said Cathy. ‘It was a tough call. If I had more ribbons I’d give them out.’
Cayman Dogs, Best Rescued and First Time Entries were the top three categories that drew the most number of entries.
‘We had 42 dogs in First Time Entries. That’s huge for one category.’
Winning Best in Show – judged by the dean and teachers at St. Matthew’s Veterinary School – was a Bichon Frise named Louis Vuitton owned by Selkirk Watler.
But the dog show isn’t just about taking home a blue ribbon.
‘The whole point is to have fun,’ says Cathy. ‘Nobody cares about winning or not. With a lot of events in Cayman, you only get a certain demographic but with the dog show you get everyone. It’s a doggie social event, and it’s about having a good time.’
She added it’s also a chance for the Humane Society to raise funds and public awareness of its programmes and services.
‘That’s why we have the Best Neutered and Spayed categories.’
Volunteers were out in full force with shelter dogs available for adoption, and Cathy says the show has helped pair pets with new owners in the past. Judges were drawn from the community, with Vicki Wheaton serving as MC.
The show featured a variety of booths catering to man’s best friend along with others promoting community programmes and special events including the upcoming Kiwanis 5-K run/walk for dog lovers.
Animal House and Pedigree sponsored the show.