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New show a howling success

November 01, 1998|By LAURA ERNDE

SHARPSBURG - When Stacey and Deanna Garvin found Logan at an animal shelter in Virginia, the husky's fur was matted and he was so skinny his ribs showed.

On Saturday, he won "Best in Show."

The Hagerstown sisters cried tears of joy when their blue-eyed boy took the trophy at the first-ever Howlaween Fun Show at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center.

"He's the most spoiled puppy in the world," Stacey Garvin said.

Logan joined 74 other dogs of all sizes, shapes and colors at the show, which was sponsored by Basset Hound Rescue of Old Dominion.

"It's an enjoyable family day with your pet. You don't have to have a $5,000 dog," said organizer Diane Morgan, of Williamsport.

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The show raised hundreds of dollars to help Morgan's group take in abused and neglected basset hounds and find them new homes, said Morgan. She hopes to make the show an annual event.

The dogs competed in 22 different categories, including "Laziest Dog," "Longest Ears," "Best or Most Original Trick," and "Nicest Eyes."

There was even a category for dogs who were rescued from abusive situations.

And, of course, because it was Halloween, there was a costume contest.

A pudgy bulldog in an evening gown won the prize for the scariest costume. Marilyn Monroe's costume was made by a friend, said owner Vernon and Yvonne Trumpower, of Williamsport.

Marilyn Monroe won two other ribbons, one for being the homeliest dog and one for looking the most like her owner, Vernon Trumpower.

Jessica Manor, 12, of Hedgesville, W.Va., dressed up as a Dalmatian and Cory, her sheltie, went as a fireman to win the best owner-dog costume combination.

Two golden retrievers had the funniest costumes. They dressed as a McDonald's hamburger and fries.

Diana Manor, of Hedgesville, W.Va., brought five shelties to the show and was trying to put costumes on all of them. She kept having to adjust Oreo's red and black beetlebug costume.

"Bobby, you do look good as a vampire," she told her the sheltie wearing a black cape.

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