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Tuesday, 22 April 2008 00:00

3rd Annual Spring Pet Fair Clearwater 2008

Written by  Angela LeMay
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These Newfoundlands Were the Winners of the Large Breed Dog Race. Photo By David Ziff.
 
These Newfoundlands Were the Winners of the Large Breed Dog Race. Photo By David Ziff.
 

Tall, Dark & “Tongue-Some”

Clearwater, FL (April 2008) - The Newfoundlands “took the heat” and were winners of the Large Breed Dog Race at downtown Clearwater’s 3rd Annual Spring Pet Fair. lthough it was not one of the competing categories, I additionally voted this Dynamic Duo the “Letting-It-All-Hang-Out” Award on this unusually warm April day. Unfortunately, they were too "tongue-tired” for comment.

On Saturday April 12th, animal lovers, pet owners and pet care providers came from near and far to attend the 3rd Annual Spring Pet Fair. The event brought some of the community’s most competitive pets, owners and animal lovers to Clearwater’s Cleveland Street District. The event took place on the beautiful new Cleveland Streetscape which was closed off to automobile traffic specifically for the event) in Downtown Clearwater.
 
“This is an entertaining event that will reintroduce many residents to the downtown core - the Cleveland Street District,” says Anne Fogarty, Main Street Program Coordinator.
  Nola Davis and China Girl 2nd Place Winners Alongside Anne Fogarty. Photo by David Ziff.
  Nola Davis and “China Girl”, 2nd Place Winners alongsode Anne Fogarty, Main Street Program Coordinator. Photo by David Ziff.
And, boy did it…people, peddlers, pups and pets of all types flocked to Cleveland Street from early morning till late afternoon.

Perhaps at first glance, an uninformed onlooker—spying the “Pup Tent-lined” Cleveland Street—may have mistaken the event for a “Flea Market”. But, I assure you that the event was much, much more. Pet lovers and enthusiasts availed themselves of a wide array of information, services and products provided by the featured pet rescue organizations, vendors and a pet training demonstrations by the Upper Suncoast Dog Training Club and the Pinellas County Animobile - a state-of-the-art mobile surgical operation to help reducepet overpopulation.

As a pet owner, I was particularly intrigued with Gayle Snow, a certified Animal Chiropractitioner specializing in Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM), a non-surgical approach to lameness and spinal disease. I was amazed to learn that there was such an alternative to costly surgery; which has a 90% success rate. I also discovered that not only does Snow work with pets
but she also works with large breed animals; any size animal from horses to snakes. Coming from a background in the thoroughbred race horse industry myself, I was quite familiar with the idea of lameness in horses and the need to avoid surgery at all cost. I curiously asked Gayle what the most challenging thing she faces with small breed animals. Snow remarked, “Bringing up the pet owner’s awareness to recognize when their pet is lame” and “getting them to understand that VOM actually is an affordable solution to keeping pets
healthy and pain free.”
 Tootsie and Julie Mango of Palm Harbor. Photo by David Ziff.  
   
 “Tootsie” and Julie Mango of Palm Harbor took first place in the Pet/Owner Look-alike Contest. Photo by David Ziff.
 
Accomplished singer and actress, Joanie Sigal, who is also the Chairman of Clearwater Community Volunteers, MC’ed the day’s festivities. Pets and their owners vied for prizes in the following categories: Pet Parade, Pet/Owner Look-alike Contest, Puppy Races and Pet Tricks. Lori Lee of Clearwater and her pet won the grand prize, a three-day/two-night stay in a petfriendly suite at the Trade Winds Island Grand of St. Pete Beach, picture coming soon to www.myclearwater.com . “Tootsie’ the “The Littlest Red Hatter” and pet owner Julie Mango of Palm Harbor took 1st Place in the Pet/Owner Look-alike Contest for the second year in a Row. Placing 2nd in the look-alike contest was
Nola Davis and “China Girl” with their “Pretty-in-Pink” attire.

The Spring Pet Fair is an annual promotional event sponsored by the Downtown Development Board and Clearwater Main Street to showcase downtown businesses and stimulate commerce in Clearwater’s Cleveland Street District. Many accolades go out to all the volunteers, participants and sponsors who helped make this educational and fun-filled community event “The Best in Show”!

To get involved in events like this, contact Anne Fogarty in the Community Redevelopment Agency offices at 727-562-4044.



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