Tiny Terrier Mutt & Big Shepherd Are PDX’s Top Dogs
June 30, 2011: A one-of-a-kind canine showdown has crowned two very special dogs as Portland’s Next Top Dog Models. The fifth annual benefit for the Oregon Humane Society, held this evening at the Hotel Monaco, drew an energized crowd of 200 people who cheered for their favorite dogs
From the 24 finalists, the celebrity panel of six judges selected Clover, an 18-lb terrier-mix and Oregon Humane society alumnus, as the winner of the small dog category (Clover is pictured at top left).
In the large dog category, honors went to Bacus, an 87 lb. German shepherd who is a certified search and rescue dog (pictured lower left, photo by Four-Legged Photo).
The finalists, chosen from more than 150 applications, were judged on style, personality, and runway demeanor as they strutted down the “dogwalk” at the Monaco Hotel.
Each dog also had to answer a series of lifestyle questions. Clover, the tan-colored terrier mix with a semi-rough coat and pointed ears, said his best feature was “My scruffiness! I look even better muddy!”
Clover was adopted from OHS in December 2010 by Beth, Timm and Connor Flannigan of Washougal, Wash.
Bacus, who lives with Rod Ohearn of Vancouver, Wash., said “I love to find lost people. I get so excited when my adopted Dad puts my uniform on … my Dad and I are a great team!”
The finalists were judged by Sheryl Stewart, host for 105.1 FM The Buzz; Mitch Elliott, host for 105.1 FM The Buzz ; Byron Beck, local writer; Helen Raptis, host of KATU's AM Northwest; Stephanie Kralevich, Meteorologist for FOX 12; and Betty Norrie, past Chair of the OHS Board of Trustees. Andy Carson from FOX 12 Mornings was the Master of Ceremonies
Top Dog Prizes
The winners received prizes valued at over $1,000, including a night stay at the Hotel Monaco with the Unleashed Pet Package, a year’s worth of Castor & Pollux dog food, photo session with Four-Legged Photo, dog massage from Heal NW, Art on a String by Jennifer Rehnke, jewelry from Kassab Jewelers, grooming services by Angela Jacobs, professional training class, Lexi Dog gift certificates, toy and treats, VIP tickets to OHS events, and more. All prizes were generously donated to the event.