Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Outdoors with a Big Top circus of animals

Pretty day for Animal Shelter benefit


And they’re off! Racers head down the course Sunday in the annual Paw ‘n’ Pole cross-country skiing and snowshoeing race to benefit the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley. Left: The shelter’s mascot makes friends with one of the happy canine racers.

Sunday was a great day for the 27th annual Paw ‘n’ Pole cross-country skiing and snowshoeing event co-chaired by Doran Key and Bobby Noyes. In keeping with tradition, the Sun God smiled brightly on the Animal Shelter fundraiser. Thirty human and 30 canine racers turned the Sun Valley Gun Club into a race arena of a different color—multiple colors, to be precise. The costume theme, “It’s a Three Ringed Circus,” turned the site into a rainbow of craziness worthy of the Paw ‘n’ Pole. One lucky gal, Pam Lyford, won the raffle for a 2012-13 North Valley Trails pass. On cross-country skis in the kids’ 1-kilometer event, Tayah Hamilton and “Behrol” captured first place. Maren Feltman and “Boone the Peanut Dog” were second. Sarah Feltman and “Boone the Tiger Dog,” and Natalee Morse and “Delvie Dog,” earned honorary silver/bronze medals for doing the kids course in snowshoes. Laurie Breedveld and “Ranger” won the 4k race in 12:00. Doran Key and “Buddy” topped 1k racers in 4:17. Isabelle Moore and “Daisy” and Greg Moore and “Shelter Dog” tied for the 1k snowshoe lead in 10:01. Here are other winners: Costume contest Best Family Theme: Jean, Kasey, Evi and Lia Johnson with “Titus”, “Roxy” and “Mica” dogs. Best Adult Costume: Cindi Scott. Funniest Adult Costume: Isabelle Moore. Best Kid Costume: Natalee Morse. MC’s Best Costume Choices: Maren Feltman and Sarah Feltman. Cutest Tot Costume: Junior Regalado. Best Dog Costume: “Boone” Feltman. Funniest Dog Costume: “Teddi” Scott. Silly Pet Tricks First place: Evi Johnson and “Roxy” doing “Circus Seal.” Second place: Sarah Faith and “Chione” with “Jump and Roll.” Third place: Cindi Scott and Teddi doing “Tidy Up, March, Down.” Fourth place: Chase Hamilton and “Behrol” singing “White Christmas.” Fifth place: Sarah Feltman and “Boone” doing “Jump through a flaming hoop.” Special prize categories Big Ol’ Dog: Chase and Tayah Hamilton’s “Behrol.” Might As Well Be A Cat: Joy Bond’s shelter dog “Rocco.” Itidarod Red Lantern Award: Ted Stout and “Snowdrift.”

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