It was a dog lover’s afternoon.There was standing room only. The room was lined with residents and staff for the Eleventh Medford Leas Dog Show. The ten dogs competing in the show and their owners waited quietly in the wings. The judges were ready for the heavy job of handing out the ribbons. Prepared for the challenge? “Oh, yes,” quipped Helen Hamilton. “We’ve been studying, and we are dog specialists.”
To the delight of the onlookers, the dogs were entered into any of several categories, with the last being Best in Show. Right from the start, it should be said that there was never a better behaved group of dogs, and all the owners, both staff and residents, must be complimented on that.
Each dog made its entry with an introduction by Marcy Stevenson, coordinator of Healthcare volunteers. She noted its breed (or mix), its age and weight, and its favorite occupation, and called attention to its special features.
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First prizes were as follows:
- Best Costume: Six-year-old Lily, a corgi-beagle mix, dressed in a sailor suit and wearing a jaunty sailor hat, won over five other dogs for her owner Linda Schultz, Therapeutic Recreation.
- Best Tail-Wagger: Ranger, Toby Riley’s elegant 11-year-old Italian greyhound, was the winner in a group of four.
- Best Trick category brought out three talented dogs, but Molly, a seven-year-old mix, owned by Marcy, won for a series of tricks: sitting, giving each paw, and in the grand finale, catching a tennis ball in midair.
- Best Looking Seven dogs competed for Best-Looking, but it was Mason, a five-year-old English Bulldog, who caught the judges’ eyes and received the blue ribbon. Mason belongs to Sharon Conway, Therapeutic Recreation. Mason photo J. Koch
- Best Kisser ribbon also went to Mason and
- Softest Coat was awarded to Owen, an American Brittany owned by Ann Campbell.
- Best Stub-Wagger was essentially a tie between Lily and Bear, a Norfolk Terrier, owned by Russ Haley, although neither dog had much of a tail to wag.
- Best in Show, chosen by the applause of the viewers. It went to Mason, who was obviously in a class of his own.
There was a sense of celebration in the air, since the dog shows have been canceled during the reconstruction of the Oak Room. At last it can be called the Annual Dog Show again.
adapted from an article by Betsy Pennink in the April 2017 issue of Medford Leas Life. photos by Betsy and Joyce Koch