Canines charm crowd: Contestants put best paws forward
April 7, 2011
FORT JACKSON, S.C., -- Sunshine, cute doggies and excited children filled the Fort Jackson Youth Sports Complex Sunday during Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's annual April Fool-ish Dog Show.
The event, which is in its fifth year, attracted dozens of canines competing in a variety of categories such as Most Unique Trick, Best Kisser, Least Obedient, Longest Tail, Best Costume, Best Vocal Performance and Most Patriotic.
"The April Fool-ish Dog Show is kind of our way to kick off the Month of the Military Child," said Beverly Metcalfe, FMWR partnership specialist and dog show organizer. "I got the idea for the dog show after watching the Westminster Dog Show with my kids. I thought there were so many dogs out there that aren't pedigrees or (American Kennel Club) and it would be a fun way for people on post to enter their pets in a show."
First, second and third-place prizes were awarded in 15 categories.
Donations raised from the dog show will be given to the Fort Jackson Veterinary Clinic.
Yana Neill, 6, the daughter of Sgt. Trevor Neill, Army Training Center, entered her pink pooch Boots in several categories, including Best Costume.
"We painted her pink because she looks so pretty," she said.
Cole Metcalfe, 11, entered his dog Coco Chanel in the You Got to Love Me category.
"I really like coming out here and seeing all of the different dogs," Cole said. "Coco Chanel likes being out here too. Well, some dogs she likes, and others not so much. But it is really fun."
For those children who did not have a dog to enter, a stuffed animal contest was held following the dog show.
"We did that so every child could be involved and no one would walk away empty handed and have a prize," Beverly Metcalfe said.