2016 Kids Dog Show
The 40th Annual Garfield Heights Kid's Dog Show was a howling success Sunday afternoon at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center arena. The popular event was emceed by Cleveland's own Mr. Dick Goddard, from FOX-8 TV, with the assistance of Dr. Richard Thompson of the Family Pet Clinic and Robert Dobies, Director of Parks and Recreation.
On this Special Day, Dick Goddard was presented with a Proclamation congratulating him on his 50+ years at Fox 8 TV, his many accomplishments, interesting biography, upcoming retirement, his 28 years with the Annual Kids Dog show, and most recently his unending persistence of "GODDARD'S LAW" passage due to his never ending love of all animals.
What was to be a one time appearance in 1988 at the City's Homeday's Festival, turned into 28 years of furry fun! There was never any doubt that Mr. Goddard loves to Emcee the Kid's Dog Show, nor that he equally loves the kids & dogs.
Due to His loyalty and dedication to our city's recreation department as Master of Ceremonies for our Annual Kids Dog Show, and all other accomplishments in his lifetime, Mayor Collova has Proclaimed that August 7th be Dick Goddard Day in the City of Garfield Heights!
Organizers of this year's event would like to thank volunteer Judges: Amy Allen, Bri Garrett, Emily Garrett, Mike Nenadovich, and Carrie Vekas. Also thanks goes to Mary Garrett & Melissa Irvine, who diligently tally up all the votes as they are passed down to calculate our winners. Joe Rody Garfield Heights Firefighter with Scrubs, Gabriella Irvine (photography) The team at the Family Pet Clinic: Amy, Ashley, Candace, Carrie, Erica, Hannah, Jamie, Lauren and Sabrina with Dr. Richard Thompson for his continued support and generosity, for without their help, this show could not be held in its magnitude! Thanks goes to the recreation department team: Anthony Shuba, Emily Garrett, Mary Garrett, Melissa Irvine, Nikki Majka, Ken Dillon & Don Straight.. Hats off also to Parks and Recreation Director Robert Dobies and Kid's Dog Show Coordinator Mary Nichols for their hard work and dedication in continuing the long- running contest. Each participant received a gift bag & lots of goodies! Our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners were awarded placement ribbons along with special made up gift bags.
Congratulations to our 2016 Kid’s Dog Show Winners!
Best Kisser: 1st Place- Peppy owned by Makhi Williams, 2nd Place - Trudy owned by Savana Irvine, 3rd Place - Champ owned by Martez Jones
Most Original Costume: 1st Place - Thomas owned by Amari Atkins, 2nd Place - Tia owned by Nevaeh Piros, 3rd Place - Remy owned by Ja'Nyah Morgan
Terrific Tricks: 1st Place - Matty owned by Matthew Gall, 2nd Place - Snickers owned by Alivia Love, 3rd Place - Hiro owned by Xavier Irvine
Waggiest Waggin’ Tail: 1st Place Pebbles owned by Zaire Levert, 2nd Place - Scout owned by Helena Rehnert, 3rd Place - Chevy owned by Brandon Jordan
Least Obedient: 1st Place - Shelby owned by Nevaeha Love, 2nd Place - Pup-Pup owned by Jordan & Jena Woodford, 3rd Place -Rambo owned by Mia Crayton
Best Looking: 1st Place - Buckeye owned by Abby & Gracie Roberts, 2nd Place - Duke owned by Blake & Savannah Holiday, 3rd Place - Rocky owned by Nadia Allen
And our "Best of Show Award" went to 1st place winner: "BUCKEYE" A REDBONE COONHOUND, WHO TOOK 1ST PLACE IN THE BEST OF SHOW CATEGORY & OWNED BY ABBY AND GRACIE ROBERTS OF GARFIELD HEIGHTS.
Donations and assistance for the show were received from Dr. Richard Thompson of the Family Pet Clinic our #1 Sponsor, Dad's Products, Bat-a-Rama (Maple Hts.) The Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa, Cleveland All Breed Training Club, Fun & Stuff (Macedonia) Hill's Pet Products, In Good Health (Northfield), Nestle Purina Petcare, Subway Sandwich Shop (Turney Town location) and Pepsi Products (4 pack of tickets raffled off for Sept. 2nd game)
A Great Big Thank You to Everyone and All Contestants for making this years show a Howling Success! Every Dog is a Winner at the Kid's Dog Show in Garfield Heights.