man’s best friend
Stupid Pet Tricks at the Paw & Pole
Skiing with your dog—what a perfect way to
spend a beautiful Saturday morning.
That’s the kind of fun that the 18th
Annual Paw & Pole cross-country skiing event provided 29 racers, their dogs and
about 75 spectators Saturday at the Sun Valley Gun Club.
Abi Holt and Hank rush along the course en route to fifth place in the
5-kilometer race in a speedy 11:33.
Express photos by Willy Cook
It was a fund-raising event for Canine
Companions, a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with
disabilities by providing highly trained assistant dogs and ongoing support to
ensure quality partnerships.
"The Paw & Pole proved once again that you
don’t need a pedigree to be a winner," said Animal Shelter of the Wood River
Valley volunteer Andrea Nelson, who trumpeted the efforts of two Shelter dogs
that had never raced before.
All participants received an award and
food was donated by Atkinsons’.
When asked by Bobby Noyes what "Stupid Pet Trick" she had devised for 2003,
Doran Key displayed stylish Sun Valley skiers Sophie and Louis.
Express photos by Willy Cook
Donating prizes were Marjolaine Renfro,
Sun Valley Animal Center, Sawtooth Animal Center, Price-Asher, Thunderpaws
Express, Hound Around, "U Dig It," Linda Peterson, Canine Companions and Whitney
"Best Costumes," went to Abi Holt and Sam
"Stupid Pet Tricks" contestants were
Dennis Botkin with Sam, Greta Harrison with Harold, Calder Zarkos with Mookie,
John Michel with Wendell, Doran Key with Louis and Sophie, Patty Hogan with
Daisy-Duke and Jennifer Montgomery with Cierra.
There is no end to the animals perched on the noggin of Bobby Noyes, race
founder. Express photos by Willy
The event was underwritten by Renfro
Engelmann Real Estate and organized by the Paw & Pole committee—race founder
Bobby Noyes, Doran Key, Robert Renfro, Sue Engelmann, Cindi Sievers and Karin
Other volunteers included Kathy Clark,
Annie Williams, Linda Peterson, Lem Sentz, Jon Kellar, Virginia Holloway, Lila
and Steve Wagner.
5k: 1—James Coyle (Lindblom, Pooch)
8:17. 2—Scott Danielson (Pound Puppy Luke) 10:02. 3—Sarah Walker (Monkey) 10:05.
4—Joan Scheingraber (Moxa) 10:13. 5—Abi Holt (Hank) 11:33. 6—Molly Goodyear
(Kirby) 12:46. 7—Dennis Botkin (Jessie) 13:06. 8—Mary Hogan (Sam) 14:35. 9—Jody
Zarkos (Marley) 17:25. 10—Valdon Hancock of Twin Falls (Willy) 18:49 (prize for
traveling the longest distance). 11—Karen Vance (Simon) 40:45.
2k: 1—Karl Beznoska (Raiko) 6:07.
2—Doran Key (Sophie, Louis) 6:44. 3—Sylvia Ridland (Buster, Cybil) 7:55. 4—Nonie
Shaw (Yarrow) 8:23. 5—Sam Adicoff (Jesse, Pippin) 10:30. 6—Annie Williams (Ruby)
11:55. 7—John Michel (Wendell) 13:02. 8—Marsha Edwards (Stormy, Lola) 13:49.
9—Jennifer Montgomery (Cierra) 15:44. 10—James Coyle (Gene, Milan) 35:00.
0.5k: 1—Calder Zarkos (Mookie)
3:01. 2—Whitney Engelmann (Ruby) 6:09.
SS: 1—Linda Piper (Chelsea) 4:51.
2—Holly Higens (Marcy) 5:59. 3—Susan Bauwens (Rexi) 6:15. 4—Virginia Holloway (Mable),
Linda Clasner (Punzi) and Dale Clasner (Punzi) 40:45.