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Lewes goes to the dogs

Pet pageant, Yappy Hour make up Winter Fest Barkfest
By Ron MacArthur | Feb 18, 2013
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Kayleigh Murphy gets a sloppy kiss from Woody the Chihuahua as they await results during the seventh annual Winter Fest Barkfest Pet Pageant Feb. 9 in downtown Lewes. Woody finished second in leisure-wear competition.

There is no doubt Lewes has a love affair with its dogs.

It's during the Lewes Winter Fest Barkfest that dogs and their owners really shine. This year's seventh annual pet pageant and third annual Yappy Hour, held the night before the Feb. 9 pageant, took place on Bank Street, which is renamed Bark Street for the pageant.

The Georgetown SPCA hosted a fill-the-van event both days to accept donations for the shelter. Irish Eyes in Lewes donated 10 percent of its proceeds from Feb. 8 sales. All entry fee proceeds and money from a 50/50 raffle was also donated to the SPCA. In all, $1,750 was raised for the SPCA.

Lesley Bowers, owner of P.U.P.S., Pawsitively Unique Pet Shop, served as the pageant announcer and introduced the 22 contestants in each of the four categories as they promenaded down the runway.

Pageant judges, all members of the Lewes Chamber of Commerce, were Teresa Ford, owner of Kids Ketch; Kathy Davidson, account executive with Comcast Spotlight; and Ashley King, owner of Piccolino. Mayor Jim Ford awarded the prizes to the following winners.

Formal wear: First place – Beatrice, a Shih Tzu, owned by Kathleen Leahy and handled by Amy Lear; second place - Little Princess Loli and Neo, both Malteses, owned by H. Jay Taylor; third place - Delilah, a Standard Phantom Poodle, and Samson, a Standard Parti Poodle, owned by Don Wainwright and Tom Jamison.

Owner look-alike: First place – James, a Shih Tzu, and owner Michelle Peeling; second place - Jackie, a Pomeranian, and owner Susan Schmidt; third place - Harry and Teddy, Pembroke Welsh Corgis and owner Elaine Glisson; honorable mention – Beauford and Lucy, Basset Hounds, owned by Joe Baumann.

Casual wear: First place – Charlie, a Dalmatian, owned by Rain and Jim Tyler; second place – Ruggles, and Woody, Chihuahua-mix, with Kayleigh and Shelby Murphy who are fostering both puppies; third place - Denver, Paris, Azzari and Jaga, four Yorkies owned by Andrea Derrickson.

Kid’s freestyle: First place - Tiki, a Shih Tzu, owned by Sienna Travers; second place - Santana, a mixed-breed, owned by Savannah Stewart.

Yorkshire Terriers on parade sneak a peek out of their wagon during the pet pageant. The Yorkies placed third in the leisure-wear class.
One of the Georgetown SPCA's dogs finds a friend in photographer Bryan Sirotkin. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Super Bowl champion Ravens' fans are Elaine Glisson of Lewes and Corgis Harry and Teddy. They finished in third place in the look-alike category. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
She's the queen, and a winner. Beatrice the Shih Tzu and handler Amy Lear win top honors in formal-wear competition. Beatrice is owned by Kathleen Leahy. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Sieanna Travers parades Tiki on Bark Avenue during the pet pageant. They took home top honors in the kids-freestyle category. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Standard poodles Delilah, left, with Tom Jamison and Samson with Don Wainwright, both of Rehoboth Beach, strut their stuff. They finished in third place in formal-wear competition. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Wilbur the bulldog views the world from street level. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
For a few hours each year, Bank Street becomes Bark Street in downtown Lewes. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Woody and Taylor Reid of Lewes stay warm before the pet pageant begins. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Mascots dance to the music on Bark Street in downtown Lewes. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Deaf Dalmatian Charlie Tyler shows his winning style with owner Rain Tyler. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Making a pizza delivery, and winning first place in the look-alike category, are Michelle Peeling of Rehoboth Beach and Shih Tzu James. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Loli and Neo, a pair of pretty Maltese, parade in front of the judges. With owner H. Jay Taylor, they finished second in formal-wear competition. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Amy Lear wheels Queen Beatrice in her carriage. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Woody seems a little overwhelmed as he looks at the Barkfest crowd. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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