The best trick award went to 2-year-old Bamboo and his owner, Mike Bolaris. Bamboo can often be seen skateboarding at Fletcher Cover Park. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek
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Dogs unleash their talents at Paws in the Park

SOLANA BEACH — With offerings such as rehab, training, grooming, photography, healthy food and an architectural pet designer, every dog had its day at the eighth annual Paws in the Park canine event April 6 at La Colonia Park.

The free, four-hour petstravaganza, presented by the Solana Beach Parks and Recreation Commission in association with the Spay Neuter Action Project, also known as SNAP, included activities, exhibitions, raffles and rescued pets available for adoption.

Highlighting the day was a dog contest judged by City Councilman David Zito, Parks and Recreation youth commissioners and Cathy Mayer, a certified behavioral consultant with Take the Lead Canine Training.

Winners were named in categories that included largest, smallest, cutest and ugliest dog, closest owner-pet lookalike and best tail wager, trick and costume.

Gently used dog toys, leashes, beds and blankets were collected for animal rescue groups and information was available for everything from positive pet training to swim therapy.

The event also featured demonstrations by the Coastal Express Flyball Team, a dog relay race, and Flying Disc Dogs.

Stuart, a 3-year-old English bulldog, receives some TLC from Easton Alvillar. Photo by Bianca KaplanekTori, a 3-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, shows off an agility move with Trish Penick from Cutting Edge K9 Rehab. Photo by Bianca KaplanekFiona, a rescue dog from Taiwan, and Vicki Armstrong, warm up for the Flyball dog-relay exhibition. Photo by Bianca KaplanekDebbie Vachal and Barbie practice for the Flyball dog-relay exhibition. Photo by Bianca KaplanekMiss Fluff, a French angora rabbit, rests on the lap of Adrienne French after being named ugliest dog. Photo by Bianca KaplanekElvis, owned by Arlene Kosakoff, shows off his dance moves during the best trick contest. Photo by Bianca KaplanekFrancesca Ammari, 7, and her 7-month-old cocker spaniel, Sherlock, took home top honors for best owner-pet lookalike. Photo by Bianca KaplanekSammy, a Chihuahua owned by Jeanne Patton, is part of the three-dog team that entered the best costume contest. Sammy and teammates Suki and Ruffy won first prize dressed as the Easter parade. Photo by Bianca KaplanekRuffy, a schnauzer poodle owned by Jan Savage, is part of the three-dog team that entered the best costume contest . Ruffy and teammates Suki and Sammy won first prize dressed as the Easter parade. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

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