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Fragle, a 13-year old beagle with owner Perry Simmons took ‘Best in Show’ at the Little Guild’s Great Country Mutt Show on Sunday, June 5 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville. Photo by Lans Christensen

Little Guild’s Great Country Mutt Show unleashes fun for all

LAKEVILLE — A glorious day, Sunday, June 5, welcomed a happy crowd of dogs and their families to Lime Rock Park for the Little Guild’s great event, the Great Country Mutt Show.

The infield hill at Lime Rock provided an ideal setting for the show with expansive views and a huge tent for the actual judging.

More than 100 dogs attended, with most entered in a wide variety of groups. Ranging from “Cutest Carry-On” , through “Waggiest Tail”, “Best Ears” and “Best Paw Shake.”

There was a group for every possible dog, and many entered several groups.

Emmy winner and CBS Correspondent Richard Schlesinger handled emcee duties with grace and humor and was ably assisted by head judge Bill Berloni. They both repeated and emphasized that “every dog here is a winner,” a feeling shared by every one there whether two-legged or four.

The tent housed the judging ring and a variety of vendors and attractions: a big silent auction table, dog treats of all kinds, and the interesting “Pet Acoustics.” The company has created a device that attaches to a dog’s collar, producing calming sounds and music tuned specifically to dog’s auditory sensitivity.

As the 10 competition categories neared completion, the “Best in Show” award drew near. State Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) was the judge for this prestigious award, and the winner was Fragle, a 13-year old beagle and his owner, Perry Simmons.

One of the memorable take-aways from this great event was that not once, all day, was there ever a growl, a snap, or a moment of any concern with these 100-plus dogs all meeting together.

Huge thanks should also go to sponsors Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Hammertown and many others. The Little Guild, a shelter in West Cornwall, is an exemplary source of animal development and care and were applauded for putting on this special event.

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