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Dog and Piggy Show Bow-Wows the Crowd at Annual Chili Cook-Off

Lots of doggies and a pot belly pig brought their humans to the animal institution fundraising event.

Fashion went to the dogs on Sunday as local costumed pooches paraded around Tivoli Too. To add to the festivities, eight culinary teams were hard at work creating the town's finest chili. The 16th Annual Laguna Beach Pet Parade and Chili Cook-Off brought out dozens of people who wanted to taste chili, show off their doggies, and see doggies in their finest garb.


Presented by the Laguna Board of Realtors and Afilliates Charitable Assistance Fund, the event raises funds for Animal Crackers, Blue Bell Cat Foundation, Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, LBR/CAF and Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Dozens of volunteers helped make the party a success.

The pups knew they were looking good. "Charlie" was sporting his best USC sweater, and "Romeo" was dressed up as a marionette puppet, and "Buddy" Williams wore his AYSO soccer jersey.

"My kids love the event," said Buddy's owner Sarah Williams. "They like seeing all the dogs, and they especially like dressing up our dog for the pet parade."

Canyon Animal Hospital's Gershon "Dr. G" Alaluf brought his two doggies and his daughter Maddy to the event.

"It's great to give back to the community and get out and see our clients," said Dr. G. "[The event is special] because we can help the Blue Bell Cat Foundation and the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter. It's always a fun time."

Crank Bros., Penguin Cafe, Maro Wood Grill, Michael LaRiche and Nick's donated goods for the auction.

Pet parade celebrity judges included Geri Jewell, Anne Heche and James Tupper.

Volunteer artists were on hand to draw visiting animals. Deborah Paswaters is a multi-media artist from Laguna Canyon.

Artist Bryant Bridgewater said, "I'm here because I love art and I love people."

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