"Beast in Show winners"

Emcee Nancy Best, left, and Tom Rollings congratulate the Beast in Show winners Ava, right, and Greta Mueller with dog Blanch.

Buena Vista – Guests at The Watershed Saturday were charmed by a dozen dogs, great and small, parading onto the stage.

Emcee Nancy Best and Tom Rollings of the Buena Vista Event Cooperative kept the mood light and the show rolling, handing out prizes from local businesses such as Gone to the Dogs and Love’s Travel Stop to audience members throughout the show.

Competition for each of the three awards – Most Adorable, Most Unique and Beast in Show – was tough, but in the end the judges and audience members made their decisions. Puppy Prince walked away as Most Adorable.

The title of Most Unique went to scuba diving Lexi, half shih tzu and half toy poodle. Owner Dwane Folsom said Lexi has had a total of 12 dives in a swimming pool so far with hopes of graduating to the ocean in the future. Folsom has even developed his own patented dog scuba diving gear.

Audience-voted Beast in Show went to the dancing Blanch, with song accompaniment by owners Ava and Greta Mueller. The trio won the same award in last year’s dog show.

“We’re very excited and very happy about it,” Ava said.

“It was lots of fun,” Rollings said. “Lots of families, lots of kids.”

A lot of the dogs on the stage came off the street at the last minute, he said. He was especially surprised by the appearance of Lexi the scuba diver.

“You see something new every year,” Rollings said.

The Chaffee County Times in Buena Vista is published by Arkansas Valley Publishing Co., the parent company of The Mountain Mail.

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