Pampered pets on parade in Pa.

July 18, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Experience paid off again for Keona Fogal and Angel as the Chambersburg girl took home another award Monday in the Pet-Owner Look-a-like competition at the ChambersFest Pet Parade.

"This is my third year and my second first-place finish," Keona said after the win. Keona said she finished second in the category last year.

She and Angel, a Westie-mix, decided to go with a South Pacific theme with matching grass skirts. The secret to her success, said mother Patti Fogal, "is not being afraid to dress up and look silly."

There were 28 entries in this year's Pet Parade, a perennial event at ChambersFest, according to Melissa Knepper, the program and event director for the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.


Best of Show went to Kody and his owner, Tom Gates. The Newfoundland ran second in the Largest Pet competition, coming in behind the only other entry, Bancroft, a quarter horse entered by VisionQuest.

Bancroft was doing double duty at the parade, giving rides to children. More than 100 people attended the contest at Memorial Park.

The Smallest Pet ribbon went to Jessi Tozillo's pug, Kole, another category with just two entrants. Josiah Wenger's box turtle, Joey, edged out Zoe Holland's smoky gray Persian cat for Most Unusual or Exotic Pet.

Morgan and Grant Corwell did not enter their Flemish giant rabbits Genie and Maye in the most unusual competition, although at about 15 pounds, they were unusually large.

"I didn't think anyone would find a rabbit unusual, even for their size," said their father, George Corwell. The rabbits were bred for food in Belgium and are, Corwell said, descended from the Patagonia rabbits of South America.

Flemish giants, Corwell said as Maye and Genie lounged in the grass at Memorial Park, can weigh up to 28 pounds.

"Our mini-daschund weighs 8 pounds," he said.

The rabbits did take second place in the Most Congenial category, finishing behind Hermeni Blossom, a dog owned by Sabrina Diffenderfer.

Sadie, a cockapoo owned by Mike Lautenslager, took top honors in the Best Kisser category, Knepper said.

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