Best in show: Port City Pet Pageant results

(Courtesy photo) The resemblance between pet owner Frankie Tabaczka and her dachshund, Emma, was not lost on the Pet Pageant judges, and the dynamic duo took home the Twin category award

MANISTEE – The cutest, the best-dressed, the smallest, the biggest, the most talented and the most patriotic pets participated in the second annual Port City Pet Pageant at the Manistee National Forest Festival.

The event was created and sponsored by Parkdale Animal Hospital, and those involved are excited to host it again it next year.

“We hope next year to see even more pets and a wider variety of pets. This year we had our first grasshopper and our first cat entry,” said Parkdale Animal Hospital veterinarian Laura Betts. “It was so fun to see the bond between pet and pet parent, and the care taken of these pets. It was a hilarious and heartwarming experience.”

On Saturday the pageant was hosted from 12 to 4 p.m. at the First Street Beach festival tent, and drew in 38 critters, double the number of entries that participated in last year’s pageant.

This year’s judging panel included Mary Russell, Pam Arens, Cyndy Fuller and Meg Voelker.

Winner of the Smallest category was a grasshopper named Hopper Bounder, owned by Liam and Carter Bell. Frankie Tabaczaka and her dachshund, Emma, were awarded with the Twin trophy for their uncanny resemblance. The People’s Choice award went to the cutest category winner, Spike, a three-legged terrier.

(Courtesy photo) Spike, a three-legged terrier, out of the 38 pets that entered the pageant, stole the judges’ hearts, winning the Cutest category as well as the People’s Choice award.

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