One of the biggest dogs turned out to be the best Saturday at the annual LaGrange-Troup County Humane Society Pet Show. Steve, a Great Pyrenees, took pet of the Year Honors.
To win Pet of the Year, the animal must be adopted at the LaGrange Animal Shelter, which is home to the humane society. Steve’s owner, Jim Hardy, said he got Steve at the shelter about seven years ago.
“We had a great Pyrenees that had cancer and his days were numbered,” Hardy said. Someone at the shelter called him to let him know Steve was there and would be put down the next day if no one claimed him. Hardy went to get the dog and he’s been part of the family ever since.
The square was packed on Saturday, with dogs available for adoption at the humane society’s mobile unit, vendors with free samples and food and drinks and the pet show that drew dozens of dogs.
At this year’s pet show, those in attendance also participated in a blessing of the pets with local clergy.
2013 Pet Show winners:
Category, Winner/Breed, Owner
Most Tail Wags: Isabella/Dachshund Cassie Haralson
Shortest Dog: Kimbrel/Dachshund mix Caitlyn Kious
Tallest Dog: Jackson/Great Dane Vicki Anderson
Owner-Pet Lookalike: Squirrlie/Chihuahua mix Sheila Hornsby
Most Adorable (tie): Amy/Rottweiler Susan O’Neal; Gizmo/Poodle mix Delores Holloway
Most Talented: Gracie/Border Collie Kory Trinrud
Most Athletic: Gracie/Border Collie Kory Trinrud
Most Patriotic: Buttercup/Poodle Avery Upchurch
Best Kisser: Squirrlie/Chihuahua mix Sheila Hornsby
Most Unique Markings: Gemma/Australian Sheppard Robyn Morgan
Fluffiest: Puccini Brenda Thomas
Pet of the Year: Steve/Great Pyrenees Jim Hardy
(pet of the year category is reserved for dogs rescued from the LaGrange Animal Shelter)