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Pets on parade

REVIEW PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - An appropriately dressed Olivia Jorgensen of West Linn checks out a large inflatable dog provided by Banfield Pet Hospital at Sundays pet parade. REVIEW PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Erin Kelly,12, of Lake Oswego has her dog Scout do a few trick for the judges. Dogs, cats, guinea pigs, a horse and even a stuffed animal or two strutted their stuff, flicked their tails and held their wet noses high Sunday, when Betsy’s Pet Parade turned Millennium Plaza Park into a furry, feathered festival of fun.

Betsy Reis, who launched Lake Oswego’s first professional pet-sitting service 25 years ago, presided over the festivities, which included mariachi music, food and information booths staffed by a variety of pet-related businesses.

Nearly 50 pets and their two-legged friends participated in the parade, which wound through the park and past a panel of judges that included LO Police Chief Don Johnson, Fire Battalion Chief David Morris, JH2 Design owner John Hanan, Lynn Brokaw of Hasson Company Realtors and Gary Stein, editor of The Review.

Awards were handed out for Best Dressed, Most Unique and Most Entertaining. A trio of pugs dressed as a hot dog, a turtle and a bee? Yep. A pair of guinea pigs, each in its own festive basket? Absolutely. And Lake Oswego’s own version of “Dancing with the (Canine) Stars”?

Yes indeed.

— The Review

REVIEW PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Eliza Wadell and her dog Ginger wait while the judges votes are tallied.

REVIEW PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Tony Vasquez demonstrates how entertaining his dog Rocky can be with a little dance for the judges.

REVIEW PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Betsy and Dan Ries, who organized Sundays pet parade, dance to mariachi music at Millennium Plaza Park.

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Andrea Floyd introduces her dog Benny to the judges.

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Nikki Medrud of the Lake Oswego Hunt Club parades Otis through Millennium Plaza Park.

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE -  Nick and Megan O'Toole and their dog Tobey take a break from the festivities.