The first-ever Lions Club dog show and competition was held on the grounds of the Pacific Lions Den this past Saturday.
The event benefited the Leader Dog for the Blind program.
Dogs of all breeds dressed in tutus, hula skirts, cowboy hats, sunglasses and Sunday dresses pranced with their owners to entertain the crowd gathered for the show.
About 75 owners and dog lovers gathered at the yellow-taped ring for the two-hour show.
With an average of four entries in each of 10 categories, Pacific area pooches showed off their individuality and enthusiasm.
Every contestant was considered top dog by its owners who paid the $5 entry fee to show off a unique talent.
At the command of their handlers, dogs large and small paraded, stood on hind legs, cuddled, rolled over and played dead at the clap of hands and caught tossed tennis balls in their mouth.
The Pacific Lions Club hosted the dog show, titled Dogapawluza, which included the competition, a demonstration of the versatility of standard poodles as well as presentations by a local dog shelter and a Boy Scout who plans to construct a dog run in the city park as an Eagle Scout project.
Lion Pam Manuel chaired the event. Lions Club members sold hot dogs, homemade desserts, water and soda.
Families brought lawn chairs and blankets to watch.
Competition categories included best tail wagger, best kisser, best dressed, looks most like owner, most unique, best trick, cuddliest, most elegant, strangest breed and most active.
Toby, a white Bichon Fries mix, took home first as the most elegant entry in the show and the most active.
Marissa Tayon won best-dressed cith her 8-year-old Yorkie Winnie who entered as Hula Girl.
A large black dog with an unpronounceable name and unknown breed wowed the crowd with his ability to follow voice commands, jumping, rolling over, wiggling his behind and dropping over dead at the clap of his master’s hands, earning the blue ribbon for best trick.
Levi Hurst came away with a jar of doggie biscuits by guessing the number in the jar.
Ed Reigerix was the master of ceremonies. Judges were Cindy Jones, Wendy Arras and Chris Vassonei.
During intermission, Boy Scout Dylan Patton, who plans to build a fenced Pacific Dog Park in the city park as an Eagle Scout project, talked and said funds are still needed.
Donations may be sent to Pacific City Hall with a notation for the Eagle Scout dog park.
Event sponsors were Pacific Feed, Adorable Dog Grooming, Dirk’s Fund, The K-9 Club, Anna’s Doghouse Grooming, Reed Insurance, Lamar Realty and Beacon Car Wash.