AR-News: 31st annual pet show
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31st annual pet show
By BEV DARR
Of the Courier-Post
Dogs and cats dressed in red, white and blue competed with a monkey, rabbits and a variety of other prized pets Thursday, at the 31th annual Hannibal Pet Show sponsored by Farmers and Merchants Bank & Trust.
The atmosphere was calm despite the heat and humidity, and very few barking dogs were heard. Some pets owners said their animals were resting to keep cool, such as a black and white monkey.
The best dressed animal award went to a patriotic pair: Kortne Houser, 13, of Hannibal, and her 6-month-old boxer, E.J. He is named for the family's former dogs, Emma and Jamie.
Both girl and dog were completely covered in matching red, white and blue costumes and hats, and Kortne also had patriotic fingernails and toenails. Her grandmother made the outfits, she said, while she and her mother created their hats. E.J. remained calm, but Kortne said, "he does not really like dressing up."
Taylor Shaw, 11, of Columbia, took home the prize for most unusual pet, won by Joey, a black and white capuchin monkey. During the contest, the monkey was resting, sprawled along a chairback. "He is not used to being in crowds," Taylor said, but he is much more active at home.
"He is fun to play with," she said. "He is like another kid. He likes to ride around and jump on me." Taylor arrived at the show with her dad, Bert Shaw, stepmother, Jennifer, and grandmother, Alberta Shaw of Hannibal.
Jennifer explained that the monkey has its own room in their home, and also spends time in the rest of the house. "He is a lot more comfortable at home and would be more active there," she said.
The Shaws also brought their large dog, Bruno, which they described as "a mutt," they found in a parking lot five years ago.
Alberta Shaw said most all her family will be in Hannibal some time during the holiday weekend, including her brother from New Mexico. Tom Sawyer Days is "just a fun time," she said. "When we have guests for the Fourth of July, which is most of the time, we come down and take in most all the things. It's just a nice, clean fun time."
The pet winning the talent prize was Hogan, a schnauzer owned by Elena Nemes, 9, of Hannibal. Hogan "sang" for the judges, after some persuasion by Elena.
Ashton Duplechain, 8, of Hannibal, took home the best dog prize for her basset hound, Stomper.
Snowball, a white cat owned by Madison Sante, 9, of Hannibal, was named best cat.
The best Tom Sawyer prize was won by a basset hound owned by Caleb Lionburger, 4, of Hannibal.
A variety of other pets competed in the pet show. Among them was Angel, a Netherlands dwarf rabbit owned by Patrick Smith of Hannibal. Patrick said Angel likes to play. "I get a blanket and make her a cave, and she will get in it." His brother, Eric, also has a rabbit, an albino named Merlin.
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