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Pets in the Park

The City of Independence Parks and Recreation Department and the Independence Kiwanis Club hosted the annual “Pets in the Park,” an event for families and their pets, at Waterfall Park, 4501 S. Bass Pro Dr. This free event is provided with major support from The Examiner, and Cruise Planners.
 

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For Immediate Release:  Kiwanis Celebrates Pets in the Park, Awards to Kids and Pets

The Independence Kiwanis Club has been celebrating “Pet Judging and Parade” since the early 1930s according to records from The Examiner. For a long time the judging and parade were held on the Historic Independence Square.  Ten years ago it was moved to Santa Fe Park and evolved into “Pets in the Park” sponsored by the city of Independence and The Examiner.  And seven years ago the event was moved to Waterfall Park and this year added Cruise Planners as a new sponsor.

“In addition to the competition judging for kids with pets and the pet parade around the park, it is a day for families to celebrate,” said Nick Burke, emcee and Kiwanis event coordinator.  “The day also includes information booths from local pet groups, rabies shots and micro-chipping for pets coordinated by the city of Independence.”

Burke also thanked Councilwoman Karen Deluccie for delivering a Proclamation from the city of Independence signed by Mayor Eileen Weir declaring “Pets in the Park Day.”  He also thanked the Kiwanis Builders Club for assistance in helping with pet judging, recording secretary, and registration.  He also gave recognition to Cruise Planners, a local business, for supplying the trophy and gift certificate for “Best American Pet--#1 Pet.”  

“There was an unusual variety of animals from lots of dogs, to a cat, and several rats, participating this year.” exclaimed Burke.

“And the rain held off until the awards were given out and then it poured.  So the recognition party for the Builders Club moved to Minsky’s Pizza,” said Burke.  “The group had a good time.” 

Winners are as follows:

Best American Pet:  This overall award “Best American Pet--#1 Pet” went to Maya Khoshnevis, age 6, who attends William Sutherland.  It’s judges’ choice.  Her dog, Jax, is a three-month-old Pomeranian.  As well as being “huggable and cute,” Jax scored points with the judges because his behavior was excellent.

Largest Pet:  First place went to Dunlapp, a 49” dog owned by Parker Croft, age 12.  Second place went to Chevy, a 46” dog owned by Quen Standlea, age 7.  Third place went to Molly a dog owned by Emily Copeland. 

Smallest Pet:  First place went to Princess, a rat, owned by Payton Stark, age 5.  Second place went to Jax, a dog owned by Maya Khoshnevis, age 6.  Third place went to Matellda, a cat, owned by Isabelle Chronister, age 6.  Matellda was the only cat in the competition.

Pet with Longest Tail:  First place went to Chevy a dog with a 19” tail, owned by Peter Croft, age 12.  Second place went to Phebe, a dog with an 8” tail, owned by Christina Hedrick, age 11.  No entries for third place.

Pet with Largest Ears:  First place went to Dunlapp, a Great Dane, with 7” ears, owned by Parker Croft, age 12.  Second place went to Chevy, a dog with 6” ears, owned by Quen Standlea, age 7. 

Youngest Pet:  First place went to Princess, an eight-week old rat, owned by Payton Stark.  Second place went to Jax, a three-month old dog, owned by Maya Khoshnevis, age 6.  Third place went to Diesel, a four-month old dog, owned by Jessica Gulley, age 5.

Oldest Pet: First place went to Izzy, age 8, owned by Kaylee Stark, age 8.  No other entries in this category.

Fluffiest Pet:  First place went to Ferdi, a gray fluffy cat, owned by Liberty Lucas, age 6.  Second place went to Jax, fluffy Pomeranian, owned by Maya Khoshnevis, age 6.  Third place went to Izzy, an eight year old fluffy mix, owned by Kaylee Stark, age 4. 

Most Unusual Pet:  First place went to Stanford, a dog with two different color eyes, owned by Lilly Chronister, age 9.  Second place went to Diesel, a dog with strange markings, owned by Jessica Gulley, age 5.  Third place went to Prince, a rat, owned by James Stark, age 8. 

Pet with Best Trick:  First place went to Chloe, a Beagle, that ran an agility course, owned by Natalie Pearson, age 12.  Second place went to Tetra, a dog that did several tricks at the command of his owner, Kason Fabert, age 6.  Third place went to Batman, a dog who traveled with a rat on its back, owned by David Stark, age 9.

Owner-Pet Look Alike:  First place went to Diesel, a dog, owned by Jessica Gulley, age 5.  Second place went to Chloe, a dog, owned by Natalie Pearson, age 12.  There were no entries for third place.

Best Costumed Pet:  First place went to Stanford, a dog, dressed as “Up” the movie, owned by Lilly Chronister, age 9.  Second place went to Gidget, a dog dressed in a baby carriage, owned by Deanna Ray, age 5.  Third place went to Jax, a dog, dressed in purple “grape” balloons owned by Maya Khoshnevis. 

For more information about the Independence Kiwanis Club, please visit www.independencekiwanisclub.org.  Independence Kiwanis Club is an international organization dedicated to changing the world one child at a time.  

Attached is photo:

Maya Khoshnevis, age 6, holds a trophy while sitting on her mother’s lap, Naz Keshmiri, Three-month-old, Jax, a Pomeranian, peeks out. Jax received a trophy and gift card from Cruise Planners for being awarded Best America Pet--#1 at the Kiwanis Pet Judging Contest at Pets in the Park. 

Councilwoman Karen Deluccie delivered a Proclamation from the city of Independence signed by Mayor Eileen Weir declaring “Pets in the Park Day.”