Ocean Park's 25th Annual Free Pet Parade was held on Sunday, July 2, and was sponsored by South Pacific County Humane Society and the Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Most Unusual and the People's Choice overall winner was Bubbalizard, an iguana owned by Julie Freeman of Florida. Best Costume - Star, Chihuahua owned by Susan Shoemaker, Ocean Park. Cutest Baby - Coco, Chihuahua owned by Bryson Page, age 12, Ocean Park. Owner/Pet Look-alike - Luke, a hound owned by Shannon Gilpin, age 11 (SPCHS volunteer dog walker), Long Beach. Best Trick - Rocky, golden retriever owned by Isabel Schlotterback, Tacoma. Obedience - Bullwinkle, golden retriever owned by Kirby Schlotterback, Tacoma. Best Critter Family/Group - Gismo, Pekinese owned by Monte Killian, with Amy Joe, Papillon owned by Shirley Robinson, Long Beach, and Pepe, papillon owned by Becky Shebley. Raffle winner - Ann Thoreson of Ocean Park.

We had 69 entries in this year's parade - one cockatoo, one iguana and 67 dogs.

Here are the different varieties of pets in the parade, in alphabetical order: Beagle, bichon frise, border collie and mixes of Boston terrier, Chesapeake Bay retriever, chihuahua, cockatoo, corgi mix, dachshund and mixes of dalmatian, flat-coated retriever, German shepherd and wirehaired terrier, golden retriever, Heinz 57, hound, iguana, Jack Russell terrier, Labrador and mixes of Lhasa apso and mixes of Maltese, miniature pinscher, papillon, Pekingese, pomeranian and mixes of pug, rottweiler mix, schipperke, schnauzer, Scottish terrier, shar-pei/chow, sheltie and mixes of shiba inu and Yorkshire terrier. Please visit our Web site, www.beachpets.com, to view pictures of this event!

Participants came from everywhere: Bremerton, Camas, Castle Rock, Kalama, Long Beach, Nacotta, Ocean Park, Olympia, Renton, Seattle, Seaview, Sedro-Woolley, Surfside, Tacoma, Vancouver, Portland, North Bend, St. Helens, Troutdale, Wauna and Tualatin, and Florida.

Three very special adoptable SPCHS animal ambassadors represented the Animal Shelter: Hunter, pictured, is still looking for a loving home and we send out congratulations to Cookie and Taz (not shown) who both have been adopted.

The event was organized by: Chairperson Linett Stewart, SPCHS volunteer and Petlane representative; Co-Chair Linda Baehr, public relations and volunteer coordinator for SPCHS; and Robert Brake, announcer, leader of the parade and friend of SPCHS.

We would like to thank the following businesses and people who donated prizes or supplies: Pets on the Go, Unique Petique, Papa Jack's Farm and Pet, Linett Stewart - Petlane, Blue Dog Bakery, Lost Weekend Clothing Company, Linda Frost, Bend (Ore.) Awards and Engraving, www.dogwastebags.com and Buzy Beez, Inc.

We send out a big round of applause and many thanks to all the volunteers and friends that helped with the event! Judges: Marie Maulden and Jan Worrell, SPCHS Volunteers and Shawnee Price. Photographer Jim Unwin-SPCHS Volunteer. SPCHS Ambassadors/ Volunteers: Barbara Dunn, Tessa Greenfield, Cherry Harding, Gerrie Penny and Olesia Stewart and Friends of SPCHS Terry Keifer, Jean McColman and Barb Curtis, Mary Atherton, Sue Madsen, Nancy Main, Karen and Curt Stephens and the many additional unnamed "On the spot" volunteers who helped out - We thank you!

We welcome and encourage new friends, volunteers and members to help us with our mission - to protect animals that are unable to speak for themselves, by providing compassionate care and placement for homeless pets without the need for euthanasia. Our vision is to foster positive relationships between animals and people and to help end pet overpopulation through community outreach, involving the promotion of effective spay/neuter programs, and humane education.

You don't have to be a member or volunteer to attend any of the meetings or events. Please come and find out about what we do, our events, volunteer opportunities and memberships. We are a no-kill shelter. Without the support of the community and our volunteers, we could not exist.

• Thursday, July 13, 5 p.m. - general membership meeting at World Kite Museum, 303 Sid Snyder Drive SW.

• July 17 - Bark for the D.O.G. meeting, Ocean Park Library, 5:30 p.m.

• July 22 - Sand Flea Pet Parade at the 22nd Annual SandSations.

• July 28 - Petlane Fundraising Pawty - at the pet-friendly Super 8 Long Beach.

Shelter Wish List: Laundry soap, dry dog and cat food and garbage bags.

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