By BILL SCHLICHTING
Scampi, the official mascot of Scampi's Fish Wagon, was the top dog at the 2002 K9 Kapers at the Port of Brookings Harbor boardwalk Saturday afternoon.
A good crowd braved the wind to attend the event that raised $247 for South Coast Humane Society, which has a shelter on Railroad Street near Pacific Avenue. However, as the wind continued, many people were blown away and Scampi and his human, Larry Nichols, were not present to receive the top honors.
Organizers quickly wrapped up the show as they were watching a rain cloud heading in the direction of the port. A few sprinkles fell to the ground shortly after the show ended.
The show began with people registering their dogs for judging categories. Judges were Willa Jones, Roger Thompson and Augie Koefoet. Many people brought their dogs just to see the show.
Renegade Line Dancers opened the show while people feasted on hot dogs sold at Slugs 'n Stones 'n Ice Cream Cones. Proceeds from hot dog sales also went to the Humane Society.
Obedience discussions were offered by trainers Robyn King and Kevin Roeckel, followed by a talk by Steve Nagel about the Curry County Animal Shelter, which works closely with the Humane Society.
Susan Taylor gave a good citizen demonstration with her dog, Carley. The dog demonstrated her ability to not be distracted and her ability to obey, making her a good citizen.
Emcee Jim Newman then introduced the dogs in the first of nine divisions. Winning in the Driftwood RV Park dog division was 9-year-old Scampi Nichols. In addition to this and the top dog award, Scampi also won second place in basic obedience, 13 and older division, and second place in the best doggy tricks division.
Second place from Driftwood RV Park was Dottie, a 6-year-old dalmatian owned by Alice and Chuck Fuller.
Beating Scampi in the basic obedience division was Misha, a 3-year-old German shepherd owned by retired physician Michael Mavris. Misha followed all commands without use of a leash. Third place was awarded to Luka, a 15-month-old Irish Setter owned by Carla Sowell. Luka also took first place in the prettiest big dog division.
A second-place ribbon in the prettiest big dog division was awarded to Kate, an 8-year-old husky mix owned by Bodil Chickinell. Axel Wigglebottom, a 10-year-old golden retriever owned by Rebecca Johnson, won the third-place ribbon.
Also beating Scampi was Fanny, who proudly wore her first-place ribbon for best doggy tricks. Fanny jumped through hoops created by owner Don Jensen's arms and legs. The 10-year-old lhasa apso and cocker spaniel mix performed several other tricks.
Third place in the doggy tricks division went to Raz, who sang on his own. The 8-year-old schipperke is owned by Olivia Geraghty. Raz also took second place in the prettiest small dog division.
First place in the prettiest small dog division was awarded to Lily, owned by Stuart Creps. She is a 2-year-old bichon frise. The white ribbon was awarded to Gabby, a 3-year-old poodle owned by Barbara Shepherd.
Children had their own divisions in which to show off their dogs. Megan, a 9-year-old cocker spaniel owned by Katelyn Wallace, took first place in the basic obedience division followed by a pug puppy named Otis, owned by Alyssa Wallace.
In the best dog division, the two girls' dogs won opposite ribbons. Otis won first and Megan won second.
Three dogs participated in the best shelter dog competition. Taking first place was Axel Wigglebottom. Eddy, a blue heeler puppy adopted by Bill Lomon, won second place and Diane Forward's 2-year-old water spaniel, Buddy, won third place.
There was little competition in the pooch/owner look alike contest. Gayle Napp, who had little resemblance to Weinerschnitzel, a dachshund puppy, won a blue ribbon. There were no other competitors.