Dog Fashion Show 2019

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Sevier Animal Care Center and Sevier County Humane Society conducted the 2019 Dog Fashion Show at the fairgrounds Saturday morning. Paws were strutting and costumes were modeled in various categories. It was a ‘ruff’ assignment, but I knew that I had to see the show. Follow along to see the contestants and winners in this fun event.

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I parked in the lot and walked onto the fairgrounds to find the Show Stage. It was fun to see everything a few hours before opening time as the Dog Fashion Show took place at 11:00 a.m., but the fair did not open until 3:00. This is a view that you will not often see. All was quiet and still.

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The Sevier County Fair is one of the best family events of the year. Within that week, the dog show event is also perfect for family members that have feet, or paws, as evidenced by this family coming to the event.

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I walked in and found a hay bale in front of the stage. Dress for warm temps for it will be a warm August morning.

Dogs are fast. Dogs are faster than the shutter speed on my iPhone so I devoted this article more to photos and did not take any notes. As a result, I don’t remember many names or background stories; consequently, I will let my photos tell the story.

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Chances are that you will sit near some cuties.

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During breaks, the Sevier County Humane Society and the Sevier Animal Care Center directors informed the crowd of their work and local intake statistics. They also gave tips to owners on a variety of topics. One good tip was to write your name and phone number on the inside of your pet’s dog collar in case they get lost. Most importantly, spay and neuter pets. Unfortunately, people do not spay or neuter they animals. For that reason, the intake center received more than 2,500 pets in the past 8 months. Unbelievable. Spay and neuter help is available at (865) 453-7000. The Facebook page is https://sevierhumane.org/spay-neuter/

Sevier Animal Care Center http://www.sevieranimalcarecenter.com

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Judges and organizers were ready to begin.

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Dogs were required to be on leashes. All were very friendly too. I liked this costume!

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This beautiful animal was a rescue dog. It was found emaciated and in bad shape, but was later adopted by this young family. A happy ending!

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Pretty in Pink!

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This owner was patiently waiting her turn.

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The contestants came in all sizes and ages. You did not have to walk your dog very far to compete.

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I loved this little chihuahua because it is 15 years old. Mine is too! You can walk older dogs or those with health issues. The contest is actually very relaxed and no pressure. Look at the judges admire and encourage this sweet senior dog.

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I love a dog in a sombrero!

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Pirate dog.

Event registration is a $5 donation. You don’t really have to spend any money to come up with a costume, just imagination.


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Judges were encouraging to all the contestants. You could tell that they were having a good time as much as the audience. Everyone was in very good mood. Who wouldn’t be with dogs?

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This dog contestant is eligible for adoption. What a nice, happy pup!

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Dog tricks are a good way to impress the judges and audience. So cute!

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A slight costume slip did not stop this contestant.

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This four month old pup is also up for adoption. It is practically house trained and good with kids and other animals.

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It was clear that the tent was full of animal lovers.

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These are two dog strollers full of fun. This couple brought 5 dogs and went home with several ribbons. They came to compete! Here is the 15 year old chihuahua again. Sweet thing! So mellow.

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This dog was pageant ready in a hand made dress. Pretty in pink!

Finally, it was time for the awards. Here were the categories:

  • Go Orange
  • Best Dressed
  • Pop Culture
  • Funniest
  • Prettiest
  • Owner/Pet Lookalike
  • Best Overall

It got hectic for me with all the awards, prizes, and presentations, but I was able to snap a few pictures in the excitement of it all.

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It was amazing, but they were able to get both dogs to pose together for the winners’ circle photo above. Each was very mellow and well mannered with all the attention and fuss.

The Dog Fashion Show was a great success and everyone had a good time, both human and canine alike. Next year will bring new contenders. Consider bringing your pet in a fun hat or outfit. Who knows? I may enter my dog in the Owner/Pet Lookalike category next year. It is sure to be a great time while supporting two of the hardest working organizations in the county, Sevier Animal Care and the Sevier County Humane Society.

See you next year!

A Pet Vacation at Dumplin Creek Critter Care

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Sevierville is blessed with several pet boarding services—and I like them all. However, this one is a little special. Come with me as I boarded my dog for a few days at Dumplin Creek Critter Care. This is a great pet vacation place!

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To begin,  Dumplin Creek Critter Care is convenient to the interstate, only half mile or so from I-40 and Exit 407. Located at 315 East Mount Road in Kodak, this location is convenient to locals and visitors alike. The phone number is (865) 414-3979.

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Diedra Williams is the owner and operator of Dumplin Creek Critter Care. She is a Sevier County native. She always had a dream of working with animals. She worked worked for 11 years helping in kennels, then as a vet-tech, then as an assistant. In 2016, Diedra realized that she was ready to start her own venture. She wanted to open her own business. In this capacity, she can continue working with animals by providing a safe, fun, supervised environment for pets while owners are away.

Diedra has given me permission to use some pictures in this story that come from her business Facebook page. Here is a link to her page https://www.facebook.com/Dumplincreekcrittercare/

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She boards dogs, cats, and ‘other critters’ such as birds, snakes, rabbits, and more. Contact her with questions about other family pets that don’t fit in those categories.

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There are several things that make Dumplin Creek Critter Care special, in my opinion. First, pets have access to a fenced in back yard with grass and natural ground. Other places tend to have concrete because of cleaning necessities, etc. This is good for dogs who need to romp and exercise with a blue sky over their heads.

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Another nice thing about this business is that the owner may have fewer animals so she can spend more time with them. It is obvious that she loves animals and enjoys being with them. The pictures above are my dog, Little Dolly.

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When I pick up my dog from Dumplin Creek Critter Care, I notice that she is not as ‘stressed’ from the noise of other dogs and probably gets some extra attention during the day due to the smaller numbers of animals requiring care. My dog is 13 years old so that is becoming more important to us. The love and care is obvious in Diedra’s pictures.

I have noticed a really nice room for cats too in this business. Take a peek if you visit.

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Finally, Diedra has a very active Facebook page during the day—and it is enchanting. I started following her Facebook page long before I boarded my dog because I just loved looking at her pictures. She will post photos during her day. You can see dogs exercising or getting groomed and it is fun. You will start noticing animal facial expressions.

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With Diedra’s photo captions, you start noticing the personalities of the animals, particularly the dogs. Also, their personality quirks. What fun!

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I am convinced that she makes some the best animal /human selfies on the internet. Love them!

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Some dogs are clowns and some are athletes. There is always something fun going on at Dumplin Creek Critter Care.

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Best pet Christmas photos ever!

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Are these photos not enchanting? How did she get them to smile?

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A happy chihuahua (and owner) after vacationing at Dumplin Creek Critter Care.

If you need pet boarding services, this is one of the great places in Sevierville. My dog gives her highest recommendation. Two paws up!