Great Dane takes the Best of Show

By Danielle Coots Special Correspondent

May 1, 2014

BELLBROOK — Great Dane Zeus took the Best of Show during the kick-off event of the Sugar Maple Festival.

This year’s dog show brought a crowd of Bellbrook’s finest dogs. The dog show included more than 41 entries and more scoping out the competition.

Judges Nick Falzerano, Steve and Mary Grech from Francis Kennels, Joan Gallagher and Bellbrook Police Chief Doug Doherty had the honor of picking the winners and witnessing up close and personal the beauty of Bellbrook’s four legged residents.

The event took place with the organization and coordination of Bonnie Falzerano, Shelly Penewitt, Gary White, Katharine White, and Valerie White. Even Major Baird brought his Bull Mastiff to show support for the participants.

New this year, Pastor Darryl Fairfield of the Bellbrook United Methodist Church gave blessing for all the dogs in the show and stuck around to offer personal blessings to all who desired.

From the cutest dog to the smallest and largest, Bellbrook had a mixture of all.

To help organize the categories: cutest puppy, cutest dog, ugliest, smallest, largest, best costume, silly dog tricks and best of show were the 2014 Junior Attendants, Rachel Barnes, Samantha Briley, Carley Smith and Lauren Brown.

Some of the highlights of the show was a Beagle-Chihuahua mix recued puppy, “Patton” won first place for the cutest puppy, a Golden Doodle took first place in the cutest dog. “Zeus” the Great Dane took first place for the largest dog and “Buttercup” took first place for the best costume as he was dressed in 60s style clothing, including John Lennon glasses, and first place silly dog tricks stole judge’s heart when jumping through the arms of his owner.

Judges said that all dogs where as “cute as the other and all just as loveable as the next.”