|Winners of Look-a-Like contest, Jim & Buddy - photo by
Hundreds of island
residents, pet owners and dogs showed their support last Sunday by
attending the 2004 Saga Humane Society Fundraiser/Dog Show. This annual
event makes it possible for the Society to provide veterinary services,
as well as a number of other humane society programs for all of the
animals on Ambergris Caye.
"This year, we focused on the fun in
fundraising," commented Saga Humane
Society Chairperson Eileen Jamison. "The wonderful amount of support we
received from the San Pedro community made this an easy task!" she
Jubiland Gifts and Party Supplies provided decorations
for the event, which featured beautiful balloons adorning the archways,
and decorative animal-shaped balloons displayed on every post inside the
San Pedro Lions Den. Barbecue, raffles, games, music and the dog show
entertained those attending, but an all-day Grand "Cheap" Sale raised the
majority of funds (over BZ$3,000) to
benefit this organization, which
provides such a valuable community service. Many wonderful prizes,
donated by several local businesses, were given away after the dog show
(winners may call The San Pedro Sun for
more information on collecting their prize).
The most awaited event of the day was the
Dog Show, where dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes competed for a
variety of categories. A most distinguished panel of judges provided
their expertise in this field, namely Amber Ayala, Magdalena Wendling,
and Madison Kjorlien.
Packed to capacity, the crowd that
filled Lions Den anxiously waited to see which of "Man’s Best Friends"
would earn the respect they deserved. Of the eighteen dogs that entered
the competition, ten won blue ribbons and prizes in each of the following
categories: Cutest - "Candy" – Owner Krista Paz, Waggiest Tail – "Pepe" –
Owner Harriette Fisher, Smallest – "Piglet" – Owner Michele Nuñez,
Biggest – "Olymp" – Owner Jurgen Janz, Best Trick – "Buddy" – Owners Jim
and Marie McGrath, Best Costume – "Nina" – Owner Judy Vidrio, Look-a-Like
– "Buddy" – Owners Jim and Marie McGrath.
Additionally, a last minute decision was made by the
judges to award more than one dog as "Best of Show" (an audience pick).
The winners were as follows:
1st Place – "Pepe"
(Owner Harriette Fisher),
2nd Place – "Missy"
(Owner Davelle Garratt), and
3rd Place –
"Princessa" (Owner Sari Frank). Mid-show, a surprise category for Most
Obedient was announced as Alexandra Nicholson and her very life-like dog,
"Snarly," took center stage for a performance that resulted in much
laughter from the audience. Other comic relief came in the form of the
Best Trick when "Buddy the Firefighting Dog" demonstrated his technique
at putting out fires. Several wonderful costumes made choosing a winner a
tough task for the judges. "Nina the Bandita" was named the winner but
other entertaining entries included "Babe the Angel" (Owner Kathy Marin)
who danced around on stage, and "Gypsy the Mop" (Owner Sami
Saga Humane Society takes this opportunity to
thank everyone who, in one way or another, helped make this year’s
Fundraiser/Dog Show such a success, including the many individuals who
donated items for the "cheap sale," and the following
Ambergris Jade Museum, Amigos del Mar Dive Shop, Banana
Beach Resort, BC’s Bar, Belizean Arts, Blue Water Grill, Bowen &
Bowen, Caramba Restaurant, Caribbean Connection Internet, Castillo’s
Hardware, Caye Management, Coconet Internet, Crazy Canucks, Elbert Greer,
El Divino, Fido’s Funsports, Fido’s Restaurant, Isla Bonita Designs, Isla
Bonita Family Fitness Center, Island Dog Art, Island Mini Golf, Jaguar’s
Rehab Lounge, Jaguar’s Temple Nite Club, Lagniappe Provisioning, Maruba
Jungle Spa Resort, Mata Chica Resort, Mayan Princess, Pampered Paws,
Papi’s Diner, Paradise Found Belize, Pauly’s Pizza, Rice & Roll
Restaurant, Rico’s Restaurant, SailSports Belize, Sew What?, Stained
Glass Pub, TMM Bareboat Vacations, The Emerald Mine, The
San Pedro Sun, Wet Willy’s Cantina & Grill, and
The Society also extends its most
heartfelt appreciation for all of the hard work put forth by the
following Volunteers: Julie
Babcock, Drew Branson, Inga Brereton, Sari Frank, Carol Langlois, Ingrid
Lima, Rebecca McDonald, Melanie Paz, Mary Pugh, Laurie Smith, Judy
Vidrio, Susan Martin, and Kate Vincent.
Also, special thanks to the following for their
kindness and generosity: the San Pedro Lions Club, the San Pedro Town
Council, Mr. Efrain Guerrero Jr., Advance Advertising Ideas, Gecko
Graphics, Caribbean Connection Internet, Milo’s Ice Factory, Caribbean
Villas, Santiago Castillo Ltd. (Mr. Santino), Harmouche’s Center, San
Pedro Supermarket, Sharon Boyd, and Dave Hauptli. In addition, special
hugs and kisses to "Mutley," a true Saga dog and the most adorable mascot
who inspires the Society directors in their tireless efforts to
accomplish Saga’s goals.
Finally, kudos and the most worthy of accolades to
Saga’s Working Board of
Directors: Mary Hawthorne, Kathy Marin, Eileen Jamison
and Simon Backley, as well as Clinic Manager Ingrid Lima, who dedicate
themselves each and every day to fulfilling the Society’s motto,
"Preventing Cruelty and Promoting Kindness to All Animals."