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Furry, Fun Four-Legged Fundraiser
Dogs brought their owners to Escalon's Main Street park on Saturday to raise funds for the upcoming Relay For Life.

The dog show hosted by the Beauty and the Breast team featured 'competition' in several categories, from biggest to most bling to best dressed. There were also a number of vendors on hand, Escalon Animal Shelter volunteers available to adopt out pets and offer information, and a day of camaraderie for dog owners.

Among the residents on hand were Doug and Claudia George with their 8-year-old Jack Russell terrier, Sam.

"He's either a rapper or a pimp, we don't know," Claudia said, laughing as the dog sported a fur coat, plenty of gold chains dangling around his neck prior to entering the 'most blinged out' category. "We better go with rapper."

Claudia added that they wanted to attend the Saturday dog show because they won't be in town when the actual Relay For Life is slated - June 4 and 5 at Escalon High School - and wanted to support the event somehow. With proceeds from the dog show benefiting the Beauty and the Breast team, she said it was a good option to attend and help raise money.

Cromwell and Ney staffer Ralph Saxton was busy getting prizes organized for a drawing and said the event was well-supported by locals.

"We did pretty good on the donations," for the drawings, he said. "Everybody was really generous."

Samantha Samaniego, whose mom is on the 'B and B' team, brought her dog Lola to the event, being shown by friend Anna Davis.

"She's our handler," Samaniego said of Davis. Lola was entered in the best dressed category but lost out to 'Morena' who shared an outfit similar to that of her handler, Danielle Diaz. Most blinged honors went to 'Oprah' shown by Noah Ghiglier.

Escalon Small Animal Clinic, Escalon Animal Shelter, Escalon Feed and Supply, BBVA Compass Bank and Que Linda were among the businesses on hand with displays.

Some of the animal shelter pets up for adoption also got in on the act, with little Joyce a crowd favorite.

"She's still available at the shelter," said volunteer Joyce Swisegood.

Howard and Wendy Hall of Modesto brought their Siberian huskies, Bella and Kai, to town for the day.

"We've had Kai for about three years and we've had Bella for just a week, she's Kai's niece," Wendy explained, adding that they got both dogs through a rescue organization.

There was no contest in the 'biggest' dog category, where 12-year-old Great Dane Dutch easily took home the honors.

"He's calm, he's mellow ... and he doesn't knock you over," Adarine Groves, 10, said of what he likes best about his dog.

Teams taking part in the upcoming Relay For Life are continuing their fundraising activities prior to the June 4-5 event. All are welcome to join in on the day of the Relay as well, with teams putting up tents and offering a variety of wares for sale to help raise money in the fight against cancer.