Pooches on parade at Rum Tails show in George Town

Victoria Bise, Dr. Ginny Hobday and Harrison Clough show off their pooches and prizes.

Tails were wagging all around as dogs and their owners gathered recently in George Town to bark up some support for a local dog rescue charity.

Nigel Cox poses with Fudge, the show’s biggest winner.
Nigel Cox poses with Fudge, the show’s biggest winner.

The first edition of the Rum Tails Dog Show, held at Cayman Spirits Company on Saturday, March 12, was a fundraiser for One Dog at a Time. The dog rescue group gives dogs found on the streets and at the Department of Agriculture pound another lease on life.

One Dog at a Time places them with foster families until they can be found suitable homes, in Cayman, Toronto and New York.

The group also paused for a minute of silence to honor Cathy Richardson, the long-standing Humane Society Dog Show organiser, who lost her battle with cancer last year.

The agility demo from Heidi Suarez Rivera from Must Love Dogs proved to be a real crowd pleaser, and many of the dogs enjoyed racing round the circuit. Some dogs were not too keen on entering the “Tunnel of Love” on the agility course, but their enthusiastic owners went to great and humorous lengths to encourage their pooches. Kenya, a beautiful leggy German Shepherd, came away with bragging rights.

Dogs also competed for Waggiest Tail, Best Rescue and Best Costume, winning prizes donated by Island Vets, Cayman Spirits Company and Cayman Animal Hospital.

Louisa Gibson with Tilly.
Louisa Gibson with Tilly.

A dog wash and stall selling One Dog at a Time merchandise, dog treats and cakes were also available and well supported, along with delicious barbecue food. As an added bonus, the distillery kindly opened so all the dogs could cool off in the A.C. with their owners.

The biggest winner of the day was the gorgeous Fudge from the Humane Society. Fudge not only won first prize in two classes, but also walked off with the best prize for any rescue dog, a forever home.

One Dog at a Time notes foster homes are always needed to help the rescued dogs grow accustomed to family life.

The group also needs dog escorts flying to the U.S. and Canada.

For more information, visit onedogatatime13 on Facebook or email [email protected]