Dogs, dogs and more dogs invade Little Crum Creek Park to score ribbons at Swarthmore’s dog show – Delco Times


SWARTHMORE—Who let the dogs out… Swarthmore Public Library did, last Wednesday evening at Little Crum Creek Park. The Library’s Dog Show attracted pet owners of all ages from Swarthmore and beyond, anxious to show off their pooch and snag a prestigious ribbon.
The dog show had formerly been hosted by the Swarthmore Community Center during the dog days of summer, in early August, as a way to celebrate Swarthmore as a community of dog owners and dog lovers.

This year, the popular show was moved to June and hosted by the library.

Swarthmore Borough Mayor Marty Spiegel emceed the event which drew a crowd to the park to cheer on the contestants who had to be registered for a category in advance. Sound Engineer John Phillips helped to ensure the emcee and stage music could be heard over the cheering and barking and, Carol Mackin, event coordinator, worked tirelessly to help the contestants, their owners, and the audience all have a doggone good time.

The contest was judged by library staffers Abby Cengel, Director, and Scott Schumacher, Youth Services Coordinator.
“Personally I am more of a ‘cat person’ so judging proved more difficult than I had imagined, but in the long run everyone was a winner,” Schumacher stated.

There were 14 judged categories, recognizing dogs of all varieties and their handlers, and ribbons were awarded in all categories. When their name was called, pet owners paraded their show dog around a large circular ring, marked with traffic cones, while the audience encircling the ring cheered on the furry contestants.

Winners in the “Black Dog” category were “Doc,” owned by Laura Mutz, first prize, “Barnes,” owned by Meghan Gerber, second, and “Daisy,” owned by Kate Francis, third.

First Prize in the “White Dog” category was awarded to “Sessrumnir” and owner Dianne Brisingamen. Second Prize went to “Primo” owned by Kerri Ann Raimo and a third prize was awarded to “Pippin,” owned by Steve Smith.

“Sandy,” owned by Marguerite DeGrassa won the first place in the “Red Dog” division.

In the “Blonde Dog” division, Hatchi, owned by Mala and Siona Talekar took first place; “Junie” owned by Jonah Hancock won second; and “Otis,” owned by Beth Fitzsimons, won third.

“Charlie,” owned by Meghan Davis won first place in the “Multi-Colored Dog” division, followed by “Dixie,” owned by Leo Fuller in second place and “Comet,” owned by Jeff Marshall in third.

Bonnie, owned by Freddie Leubecker, won first place in the “Long-Haired” division.

In the “Short-Haired” contest, “Jack,” owned by Amanda Mulhern, scored first place, followed by “Dusty,” owned by Emma Monroy Gomez, second, and “Bubbles,” owned by Dianne Kovaceric, third.

“Oreo,” owned by Ben Froelich took first place in the “Longest Tail” division, followed by “Otis,” owned by Beth Fitzsimmons in second and “Dixie,” owned by Leo Fuller in third.

In the “Curliest Tail” category, “Carson,” owned by Shauna Armstrong,” took top honors, followed by “Junie,” owned by Jonah Hancock in second place and “Ben,” owned by Hannah Gruner in third.

In the “Pairs” division, “Daisy” and “Chewy” ran off with the “First Place” ribbon.
Dogs in the “Smart Dog” division were required to do two tricks. “Daisy,” owned by Beatrice Martoff, and “Kas,” owned by Luna Munroy tied for first place.

In the “Junior Handler- Under 13” division, “Kas,” owned by Luna Monroy wowed the judges again and took first place. “Pelle,” owned by the Silverman family scored second place and “Penny,” owned by Stephanie Jones, won third place.

The “Best Costume for Dog and Handler” first place award went to “Nola,” dressed as a bumble bee, owned by Mary Ellen McPherson, who was dressed as a flower garden. “Henley,” owned by Kristina Dorset walked away with second place and “Hatchi,” dressed as the Cowardly Lion, and owned by Siona Talekar, dressed as the Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy was named third place winner.

“Swarthmore certainly ‘let the Dogs out’ this evening,” show coordinator Carol Mackin commented. “It was heartwarming to see so much community participation and involvement at our Summer Program Kick Off event. We are truly a community of dog lovers.”

Annilyse Jones, 9, of Ridley Township, struts her dog “Penny” around the ring during this week’s Swarthmore Dog Show. Penny and Annilyse scored a third place ribbon in the “Under 13 Junior Handler” division. (Peg DeGrassa/ MediaNews Group)
Mary Ellen McPherson, of Swarthmore, dressed like a flower garden, paraded around the grand ring with her pooch “Nola” outfitted in a bumble bee costume. They scored the first place ribbon in the “Best Costume/Dog Handler” category at the Swarthmore Public Library dog ​​show. McPherson said she chose the matching costumes because she enjoys gardening. (Peg DeGrassa/ MediaNews Group)
The Brisingamen Family, left to right, Lucas Brisingamen, daughter Catawba-Lynn, 5, and wife Diane Brisingamen relax with “Sessrumnir,” their American Water Spaniel, after he won the first place ribbon in the “White Dog” category of the Swarthmore Public Library dog ​​show this week. (Peg DeGrassa/ MediaNews Group)
Jonah Hancock, 7, and his mother Alexandra Nelson show off “Junie,” their Labradoodle in the “Blonde-Haired Dog” division of the Swarthmore Public Library’s Dog Show this week. Junie won Second Place in that division. Swarthmore Borough Mayor Marty Spiegel, who served as emcee of the show, is in the background. (Peg DeGrassa/ MediaNews Group)
Freddy Leubecker, 7, can barely contain his excitement as he walks his Pomeranian “Bonnie” in the ring at the Swarthmore Public Library’s dog show this week. Bonnie won over the judges, scoring first place in the long-haired division. (Peg DeGrassa/ MediaNews Group)
Jennifer Froelich of Havertown walks with her son Ben, 6, who donned a Bert costume and their dog “Oreo,” who complimented Ben by wearing an Ernie costume, in the “Best Costume Dog/Handler” division of the Swarthmore Public Library dog ​​show . (PEG DEGRASSA/ MediaNews Group)
Handler Steve Smith walks his dog “Pippin” around the ring at Swarthmore Public Library’s Dog Show in Little Crum Creek Park Wednesday. Pippin won third place in the “White Dog” division. (Peg DeGrassa/ MediaNews Group)
Mary Ann Kraftschik of Swarthmore, surrounded by her six-year-old triplets, Johnny, Angie, and Rosie, and her seven-year-old daughter Catherine, walks with “Stuart” around the ring at the Swarthmore Public Library’s dog show Wednesday. Stuart won first place in the “White Dog” category. (Peg DeGrassa/ MediaNews Group)

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