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Oct 19, 2017

Dogs and Their Best Friends ‘Pawty’ in the Park

This Saturday at the Memorial Park in Belize City, man’s best friend takes center stage in the first ever Dog Show and Pawty in the Park. From two to six p.m., residents are being encouraged to bring out their pets and enroll them into the eight categories including best dressed dog, best dog trick and even the largest and smallest dogs. Organized by the Belize Humane Society, the dog show seeks to engage dog lovers and encourage others to adopt a dog. As BHS Chairperson Deborah Lewis told News Five today, the event was inspired by various dog lovers. 

 

Deborah Lewis

Deborah Lewis, Chairperson, Board of Belize Human Society

“I think it is a really good sign that more and more people in Belize are appreciating that dogs are a part of our family in a way and they need to be treated that way. They are not just something to be left out in the yard by itself. But yeah, we have eight categories in the dog show. We have best obedience, best dog trick, we have an obstacle course, we have largest dog, smallest dog. We have best potlicker—we love potlickers at BHS—and we have the best dressed dog. And then there’s an eighth category which is the best of the best. So the winners of the seven categories will take another run around the circle and we’ll pick the number one winner for the whole show. We had been talking about doing a dog show for a long time and one of our board members is Inspector Hamilton from the canine unit so he was really raring to go to do a show. And then a number of months ago, the beverage division at Karl H. Menzies contacted us because they represent Tito’s Handmade Vodka; the owner is a big dog person. One of their slogans is vodka for dog people so they were looking for an organization like us to support in Belize since their products are sold here. So it was really kind of a natural partnership.”

 

Registration is at one p.m. for those entering their pets in the competition; the cost is only five dollars. 

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