On Oct. 19, the Marilyn Park Pups and Pals provided a show of shows for the residents and guests of Highland Manor.
These talented pups arrived in full costume, enjoyed a parade, and then got down to the real business of showing off.
The dogs and their partners, who practice obedience and agility training five days a week at the local Marilyn Park, decided that this year they would share the joy of dog-ownership with their neighbors at the Manor.
The residents helped the show by singing ‘Ring around the Rosie’ while the dogs played musical chairs. A great round of applause arose as Navidad, the Maltese dressed as a witch, was victorious in that event.
The dogs each did favorite tricks as well as other interactive exercises. Everyone was delighted as little Pico, the Chihuahua, pleased his mom by performing perfectly his backward advance on the teeter-totter.
In all, there were 7 dogs. The two min pins, Buddy and Mitch, are real boys. Buddy is the fast fellow with the ability to jump over our big boxer. His brother, Mitch, is just fun to watch working his real skateboard.
There are two Maltese; Navidad, the 6-year-old musical chair, piano playing champion, and Echo, the barely 1-year-old hero of the hoop jump, and the obvious winner at just being cute.
Kaiya, the boxer who actually prayed with everyone after assisting patiently as she was jumped over and crawled under, proved how very sweet a big dog can be.
Little Izzy looked lovely in her 16th Century maiden ensemble, making a perfect light weight dog of love for residents to hold and pet.
The show included a dance number to music and an ‘almost’ in sync choreographed routine. The final part of the show was spent in allowing the dogs to mingle with the residents. The obvious joy shared by all insures a December Christmas show re-visit.