Pooches, people ‘paws’ for some fun

Pooches, people ‘paws’ for some fun
Robbie Glatts and Clinton Alden present the first-place ribbon for cutest dog to Gaby, a 4-pound teacup poodle, and her owner, Susan Norton. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — A dog-gone good time was had by all at the seventh annual Paws in the Park canine event April 14 at La Colonia Park.The four-hour event was presented by the Solana Beach Parks and Recreation Commission and included activities, exhibitions and rescued pets available for adoption.Highlighting the free event was a dog contest judged by City Council members Lesa Heebner, Peter Zahn and David Zito and Parks and Recreation youth commissioners Isabelle Imacseng, Clinton Alden and Robbie Glatts.Winners were named in a variety of categories, including biggest, smallest and cutest dog, closest owner-pet lookalike, best tail wagger and best trick, although all canines received a pawticipation ribbon.

Gently used dog toys, leashes, beds and blankets were collected for animal rescue groups and information was available for everything from positive pet training and holistic care to spay and neuter assistance and how to pamper a pet.

The event also featured a “yappy hour” and demonstrations by the Coastal Express Flyball Team, which is a dog relay race, and Flying Disc Dogs.

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