By Diane Glidewell
The McIntosh State Bank Relay for Life K-9 Classic Dog Show on Saturday, March 20 was heartily enjoyed by two-footed and four-footed participants and spectators alike.
The sunshine smiled and the air was warm and soft, just like the 43 dogs that registered to compete in one of Butts County's favorite fundraisers. It had rained for two days before the Dog Show, and it rained on the day after, but conditions were perfect on the day of the show.
Each entrant strutted his or her stuff on the 50-yard line of the Jackson High School football field as a brief biography was read, the crowd cheered, and the judges took notes. Measurements were taken on the entrants in the longest, shortest, and tallest categories.
While Judges Linda Godin, Lisa Chambers, and Sheryl Davis pondered their decisions, the crowd was entertained with demonstrations by Smokey, a Llewellin Setter handled by Herman Waits of Jackson and by the Georgia Piedmont Region K-9 Search & Rescue team, which included three German Shepherds and one Golden Retriever. Smokey showed his skills at locating and pointing birds.
D.J. Charlie Hoard announced the winners of gift certificates donated by sponsors as door prizes to several lucky dogs and the winner of the raffle for a basket full of doggy goodies. Hoard also announced the names of the canines who took home prize ribbons for the day: Most Wrinkles--Dolly Madison with handler Cheryl Maquise; Longest Ears--1st Pickles with handlers Stan & Kristin Koterba; 2nd Alex with handler Faith Hawkins; 3rd Nanook with handler Hasan el Kadery; Longest Dog--1st Rose with handler Kelly Dirito; 2nd Mattie with handler Rosey Glidewell; 3rd Daisy with handler Rachael Collier;
Shortest Dog--1st Micro-Chip with handler Casey Hardin; 2nd Mickey with handler Christen Eldred; 3rd Schnitzel with handler Jerry Barnes; Tallest Dog--1st Pancho with handler Mark Hawkins; 2nd Mavrick with handler Nancy Walton; Looks Most Like Owner--1st Sweet Pea with handler Molly Crawford; 2nd Alex with handler Faith Hawkins; 3rd Mr. Spock with handler Betty Jean Jordan;
Best Dressed-- 1st Archie with handler Mikey Weatherly; 2nd Dixie land with handler Natalee Mathis; 3rd Cosmo with handler Betty Jean Jordan; Best Trick--1st Wilson with handler Hannah Walker; 2nd Max Smith with handler Rory Smith; 3rd Hudson with handler Madison Crawford.
Named Dog of the Day was Gus with handler Michelle Reasor. The people chose Chance with handler Faith Ford as K-9 Idol. Placing 2nd as K-9 Idol was Dasher with handler Cheyenne Stodghill, and 3rd place went to Olive with handler Sidney Walker.
Many local sponsors contributed to both the success of the Dog Show as a community event and its success in raising funds for the Butts County Relay for Life, which go to American Cancer Society programs. Sponsors included Buckner's Family Restaurant, Henderson & Son, Inc., City Pharmacy, Big D's Discount Drugs, May & Carter Oil Company, Webb's Thriftown, Playtime Learning Center, HRC Furniture, Sawyer's Gutter Service, WRB Diesel, Roberts Hauling & Grading, Haisten & Johnston, PC, Westbury Assisted Living, Jackson Veterinary Clinic, Jackson Drug Company, Andrews Awards, McDonald's, Lewis Sims & Son, Peachtree Amoco, Pioneer Metals, LLC, Fresh Air BBQ, Collier's Greenhouse, Jackson Country Kennel, Brookwood Animal Clinic, Atlanta South 75 Travel Center, Ben's Casual Dining, Adams Seed Services, Inc.
"We were on target with our fundraising," said Tony Crews of McIntosh State Bank. "We also want to thank Gail Carrouth, Kim Weatherly, and Mike Parris. The high school baseball teams [who were playing games on the adjacent field] worked with us, and we were lucky to get a date when the soccer teams didn't need the field. And the weather was great!"