Laurie Runyan, left, pets Valerie Rogers', center, dog Rascal while waiting in line for the Cutest Dog Contest Saturday at the SPCA Doggie Derby in Vacaville. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

Laurie Runyan, left, pets Valerie Rogers', center, dog Rascal while waiting in line for the Cutest Dog Contest Saturday at the SPCA Doggie Derby in Vacaville. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

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Dog owners show off pups at Doggy Derby

By From page A3 | October 15, 2011

VACAVILLE — Tiffany Dennis had always thought her Belgium shepherd dog Scout was cute. On Saturday, she got confirmation from an impartial panel.

Six-year-old Scout was named the cutest pup in the big dogs category at the SPCA of Solano County’s fourth annual Doggy Derby.

“He’s always the cutest to me,” Dennis said.

Scout competed against pit bulls, English setters and mutts. Emcee and radio DJ Charlee Simons apologized for using the word mutts: “I’m sorry, there are no mutts anymore. They are hybrids,” he said.

In the small dog category, the third place winner was Big Al, a 3-pound wire-haired Chihuahua. Many of the owners at the Doggy Derby were not ashamed to say they spoil their dog.

Brittany Desimone said she spent a few hours trying to find the home where her Yorkie poodle, Maci, was being sold. Maci sleeps in the same bed as Desimone and goes with her almost everywhere, including to the store. Maci even has a wardrobe. On Saturday she wore a lacy pink shirt, which Desminoe referred to as a “dress.”

“She’s so spoiled,” Desimone said.

Rosalie Ball, of Woodland, brought her two pit bulls, Juno and Cheetah. Each wore a tutu, which made Simons, of 101.9 The Wolf in Sacramento, laugh.

“That dog is going to need therapy later,” Simons said of Cheetah.

The day included an open house of the SPCA’s cat and dog shelters. The SPCA is closed Monday through Wednesday and open from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 448-7722.

Reach David DeBolt at 427-6935 or [email protected] 

David DeBolt

David DeBolt

A native of Vacaville, DeBolt was a newspaperman in Palo Alto before coming home to work at the DR in June 2011. He covers education, county government and politics. His friends call him "Scoop."

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  • Tiffany DennisOctober 16, 2011 - 10:56 am

    To have an accomplished working belgian malinois who competes in protection sport(s), herding, obedience, confirmation, and loves his disc dog friends be able to achieve "cuteness status" at the SPCA Doggy Derby is one of the nicest compliments we can get. We love this event enjoy the folks out there, and all that this group gives back to animals and community & we are happy to play, support, and show working dogs in positive, friendly "pet light'. It was a fun day & hope to see everyone & MORE folks come out to support a great cause next year!

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  • Kelly LindoOctober 18, 2011 - 11:29 am

    This definitely was a wonderful event! I was so happy to see so much more of what the SPCA had to offer and I was able to shop in their new Pet Supply Retail store for the 1st time! All funds go to the SPCA! Now there is no need to shop at the "other" big pet retail chains in town. This is a Very Easy way to support a good cause!

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