Nothing says Cedar Key more than a group of canines, and the Cedar Key Woman's Club Canine Companions Parade said it all! Raising awareness for the Wounded Veterans Initiative, the event in the Cedar Key Park last Thursday brought together pooches and people and also raised funds towards new Canine Companions.
Getting to know you as the dogs lined up for registration, Brian Skarpulski's Irish Wolfhound, Liam, greets the next in line, while Addie and Syd and Sam sniff greetings as they wait. Liam would have won largest dog, but was too stressed to stay and Cassie Lozier’s German Shepherd, Maggie Mae, won the “Big Dog Award.” The Parade began with Judy Duvall, CKWC Treasurer and organizer for the event, bearing the flag in front of the Gaithers with Honey, a well-known Canine Companion from the Wounded Warriors Initiative, closely followed by the Rosenthals' pug, Rocky. The 2 pugs Rocky and Bunnie later won Oldest Pair.
Judges for the day were Cedar Key’s Sue Colson and Joan Horn, who had a very difficult time adjudicating the varied and tongue-in-cheek categories!
Winner of the Doggie Gift Basket Raffle was Jayne LeClair, whose Pekashu Gia also won Smallest Dog for the second year! The Treharnes' Shelby came as an aging CK Shark Queen, and took best costume (though he lost the crown before final awards). The Dunlops' German Pointer, Mac, won best Mirror Image, and Caren Jervey's Patrick, dressed as a Cedar key Beach Dog, won the Jimmy Buffet Award! Most mysterious heritage was taken by Syd Henken's, Chloe, and the coveted Best in Show Jim and Barb Ekstrand's Sheltie, Bella.
The overwhelming generosity and support of the Cedar Key Community continue to win the gratitude of the Cedar Key Women’s Club, who will be able to donate $1000 this year to the Canine Companions Wounded Warrior Initiative.
...Jane Moore, for the Cedar Key Woman’s Club