By Noelle H. Lowery
The dog biscuits flowed like wine at the 2013 Christmas Island Style Canine Christmas Parade. Some 75 pampered pooches pranced about dressed to the nines at CJ’s on the Bay in The Esplanade, all vying for the top spot in the parade.
The winner: Bali, a Golden Retriever/Labrador mix owned by Brenda Kennedy. Dressed as Santa Paws, Bali received the highest marks for a costume complete with a red velvet bag filled with doggie bags for the other lupine participates. Neil Snyder, Wanda Day and Nellie Adams judged the event. Christmas Island Style’s Wayne and Sue Purvis organized the event with the help of their doggie darlings, Zoey and Schotzie.
In addition to spreading holiday cheer, the parade also was a forum for pet owners to learn more about caring and training their four-legged friends. St. Mark’s Episcopal Rev. Mother Sue Price provided holiday blessings. Vendors on hand included Marco Island’s Critter Cafe, Jill McKee of Invisible Fence of Southwest Florida, Big Cypress Animal Clinic, Bark Busters Home Dog Training and Wee Waggin’ Rescue, which brought along a number of lovable pet pals ready to be someone’s early Christmas gift.