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4th annual Pups in the Park a success
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Tori Coker and Jared Copeland hold their prize-winning pup, Wilbur, Sept. 23 at the Dawson County Humane Society’s Pups in the Park event, where Wilbur won first place for cutest medium dog. - photo by Allie Dean

The Dawson County Humane Society hosted the 4th annual Pups in the Park Dog Show and Festival this past weekend with all proceeds benefiting the no-kill shelter.

The event was held at Rock Creek Park and saw participants in the 5K Fun Run, dog demonstrations, a dog show and contests, “Pucker Up with Buttercup” the champion dairy cow, pet adoptions, pet microchipping, a search and rescue demonstration, open market merchandise and fun activities for kids.

Dogs competed in contests for best costume (individual and group), cutest or ugliest small, medium and large dog, best trick, owner-pet look alike and more.

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Scarlet No-Hara poses as a Chia Pet, nearly blending in with the grass at the 4th annual Pups in the Park on Saturday. - photo by Allie Dean


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Monica and Vicki pose with pups Izzy and Scarlet No-Hara, who won the title of best group costume for their sunflower and honey bee outfits. - photo by Allie Dean


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Clara Baldwin attempts to make her minions, Mumford and Bear, behave as she competes for best group costume. - photo by Allie Dean


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A Pups in the Park Dog Show and Festival attendee puckers up to kiss Buttercup, a jersey cow accepting donations for the Dawson County Humane Society in exchange for a kiss. - photo by Allie Dean


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Chloe, a pooch who loves to smooch, prepares to kiss a guest of the 5th annual Pups in the Park event at Rock Creek Park Saturday. - photo by Allie Dean