By Mari Angulo, Exec. Director
Video by Natalie Guillen, SF New Mexican
SFYSA held its second annual Paw Pageant "Dog Show for Every Dog" at the Santa Fe Rail Yard park on Saturday, May 9. Although the event encountered everything from high winds to snow, the capricious weather did not manage to dampen the enthusiasm of the faithful contestants and attendees.
Over 20 vendors, businesses, and organizations were present at the event with treats and freebies for canines and humans alike. At least 30 dogs participated in the six different competitive events as well as the "senior stroll" the kick-off event that honored senior dogs. All senior stroll participants received a free book, Pukka's Promise-The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs, by Ted Karasote. The event category was inspired by Dana Winograd's dog, Sydney, who was almost 16 years old when she passed away last year. They SFYSA now has a scholarship in her honor.
Competitive events included categories: Best Dressed Dog, My Dog's Got Talent, Musical Paws (Like Musical Chairs), Dog That Looks Most Like its Owner, Best Biscuit Catcher, and Dog That Judge Most Wants to Take Home. Main event sponsors included Tullivers Pet Food Emporium and Whole Foods Market. Winners were given gift cards to spend at sponsor stores.
An SFYSA event wouldn't be complete without live music performed by the orchestras, mariachi, and jazz ensemble students.
The event was featured in the May 10, Sunday paper. Read story below.
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Our Mission is to inspire and engage the youth of Northern New Mexico's multicultural communities through excellent music education, the guidance of music professionals, and performance opportunities from small ensemble to full orchestra in Jazz, Mariachi and Orchestra.