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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Dogs win awards at Canine Casino

  • The top winner at the Aug. 30 Canine Casino was a dog wearing sunglasses named Bazil. His owner, Courtney Foster, was awarded Basil’s best male in costume prize, as well as the prize for the team of dog and owner.
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  • The top winner at the Aug. 30 Canine Casino was a dog wearing sunglasses named Bazil. His owner, Courtney Foster, was awarded Basil’s best male in costume prize, as well as the prize for the team of dog and owner.
    There were no entries in the best female dog in costume event, according to Dana Nuckols, president of the Northeast Missouri Humane Society, the event sponsor.
    Approximately 50 dogs were brought to this 17th annual fund-raiser, which was at the Mark Twain Cave picnic area.
    The smallest dog prize went to Gerti Lou, owned by Ky Landers.
    Kelly Epperson’s soft coat wheaten terrier named Watson won the prize for largest dog.
    In the best tricks contest, Nuckols reported, a basset hound named Bella did several tricks, winning the contest for her owners, Kevin and Brandi Lionberger.
    The humane society appreciates Michael Gaines for his donated time and funds each year, Nuckols said. He takes pictures of each dog and owner and gives it to them. Then he donates $5 to the humane society for each picture he takes. “He has been doing that for several years for us.”
    The Canine Casino had a 50-50 drawing, which was won by Amanda Bowen, who donated her prize.
    The vendors at the fund-raiser also make donations to the humane society, Nuckols said.
    This year attendance was down, she reported, probably because it was on the same day as the Steampunk Festival. “I’m glad the Steampunk event was a success,” she added.
    The humane society may schedule its annual fund-raiser on a different weekend in future years, perhaps later in September to have cooler weather.
    The humane society provides shelter for unwanted and homeless pets, adoption services, a foster program, educational programs, spay/neuter assistance, lost and found networking and private cremations.
    It depends on its local supporters, Nuckols said. “Hannibal has a lot of faithful pet lovers who support the shelter.”
    At the shelter, she said, “our numbers have been better. We have been able to place a lot more animals in the past year through adoption and through our working with rescues (organizations).
    “There are rescues that are breed-specific and take certain animals, and (they) have the ability and resources to place them.”

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