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  • Jackson Lackner, 5, of Boston, pets Dundee, a 2-year-old English sheep dog held by Amy Allen, during a break in the action at the Hadley Senior Center dog show sponsored by the Friends of The Hadley Council on Aging on Monday. Jackson was in the area visiting his grandmother, Bernadette Jones of Amherst. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Hadley Senior Center dog show judge Jennifer James Sanders, an administrative assistant at Hadley Town Hall, gets a friendly lean from Molly, a 10-year-old golden retriever owned by Peg Bannack, during the “friendliest” category of the show sponsored by The Friends of the Hadley Council on Aging on Monday, June 14. Molly won the category. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Lily, a 7-year-old Shih Tzu dressed as royalty, walks with her owner, Carla Grabiec (not pictured), in the “best costume” category at the Hadley Senior Center dog show sponsored by The Friends of the Hadley Council on Aging on Monday, June 14. Also competing were English sheep dog Dundee, right, in a rainbow tutu for Pride Month, with Amy Allen, and rescue dog Dixie, background center, in red, white and blue confetti for Flag Day, with Linda Mazeski. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Rusty, a 3-year-old mixed breed owned by Alan Weinberg, waits to compete, possibly in the “cutest face” category, at the Hadley Senior Center dog show sponsored by The Friends of the Hadley Council on Aging on Monday, June 14. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Dixie, left, a rescue dog owned by Linda Mazeski, meets Tessa, a hearing dog for owner Carmen Lee, for the first time during the Hadley Senior Center dog show sponsored by The Friends of the Hadley Council on Aging on Monday, June 14. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Hadley Police Officer Jacob Marini introduces his new K-9 partner, Fitzgerald, at the Hadley Senior Center dog show sponsored by The Friends of the Hadley Council on Aging on Monday, June 14. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Hadley Senior Center Dog Show emcee Sharon Howard, left, offers a cookie to Carmen Lee for her hearing dog, Tessa, at the end of the show sponsored by The Friends of the Hadley Council on Aging on Monday, June 14. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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    Sophie, a 3-year-old French bulldog owned by Donna Baj, competes in the "cutest face" category of the Hadley Senior Center dog show sponsored by The Friends of the Hadley Council on Aging on Monday, June 14. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Jackson Lackner, 5, of Boston pets Lily, a 7-year-old Shih Tzu owned by Carla Grabiec, during a break in the action at the Hadley Senior Center dog show sponsored by The Friends of the Hadley Council on Aging on Monday, June 14. Jackson was in the area visiting his grandmother, Bernadette Jones of Amherst. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Carmen Lee, left, is applauded by fellow competitors and audience members at the Hadley Senior Center Dog Show after her hearing dog, Tessa, won one of the categories on Monday, June 14. The event was sponsored by The Friends of the Hadley Council on Aging. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Max, 10, owned by Carol Stablein, parades in the circle during the Hadley Senior Center dog show sponsored by The Friends of the Hadley Council on Aging on Monday, June 14. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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Published: 6/16/2021 1:09:10 PM

HADLEY – On Monday a dozen canines competed in the “First Annual Senior Center Dog Show” sponsored by The Friends of the Hadley Council on Aging and emceed by Sharon Howard for an audience of about 50.

Hadley Assistant Procurement Officer/Licensing Coordinator Jennifer James Sanders was the sole judge but relied heavily on audience interaction, using her ears as an unofficial “applause meter.”

To open the afternoon, Hadley Police Officer Jacob Marini introduced his new K-9 partner, Fitzgerald, a German shepherd who responds to commands in Czech. Although there was a show category for “responds to most commands”, Fitz, who is still in training, did not compete in the day’s events.

The 12 actual participants, vying for their choice of dog toys, competed in some expected categories like “best tail wagger,” “best costume” and “best kisser,” but also in “most interesting coat,” “friendliest,” “shyest,” “shortest legs” and even “cutest butt.”

Kevin Gutting can be reached at kgutting@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevinGutting.


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